With the advancement of technology and sciences, we humans- have reached great discoveries. Yet, there is a whole list of mysterious things that we know nothing about, including the Bermuda Triangle, aliens, Princess Diana’s death, and the reason behind One Direction’s breakup (Just kidding, or maybe not) Anyways, you get my point. And, on the list of the world’s prevalent mysteries is the identity of the Bitcoin creator.
The inventor of one of the most popular decentralized digital currencies in the world is unknown to this day. Well, it is not entirely a mystery. At least, we have a name: “Satoshi Nakamoto.” Don’t worry. I can’t pronounce it either. The odd name was anonymously used by the creator(s) of Bitcoin 14 years ago when releasing a paper describing the new cryptocurrency. The paper “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” introduced Bitcoin and explained how P2P could be a solution for double-spending. The latter means the risk of spending the cryptocurrency unit twice. Also, the anonymous persona was the first person (or group) who mined Bitcoin in 2009.
People have made several conspiracy theories on who could be the REAL creator of Bitcoin. Here’s a list of the guesses:
Dorian Nakamoto is a California-based engineer. He was identified by Leah McGrath Goodman as the creator of Bitcoin in a Newsweek article. Yet, further research showed that he is not our guy.
Hal Finney was the first to receive a Bitcoin transaction and was involved in the Bitcoin circle even before its launch. He is also Dorian’s neighbor, which made many claims that he used Dorian’s name as an inspiration for the pseudonym.
Nick Szabo was involved in the Bitcoin community early on. In 2005, Szabo wrote a piece about a new digital currency called “Bitgold,” which many speculate that he might be the Bitcoin creator. Yet, Szabo joined Dorian Nakamoto, and it has been proven that he is not behind the pseudonym.
Craig Wright is my favorite nominee. He is an Australian businessman who claimed multiple times to be the real Nakamoto. He has even been involved in court cases related to the ownership of the identity. Long story short: the court’s actions on many occasions show that they believe Wright has some kind of intellectual rights to Bitcoin.
The task is getting harder, and we don’t know who is the real Nakamoto yet. However, this guy is undoubtedly a legend.