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Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

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No one knows who Satoshi Nakamoto is, it is the name used by the person (or group of people) who invented Bitcoin and created the Bitcoin protocol.

Nakamoto published a paper on the ‘Cryptography Mailing List’ in November 2008 and launched the first version of the Bitcoin application software in 2009. Information about the Bitcoin project was exchanged with other users via mailing lists until Nakamoto stopped participating in the Bitcoin community in late 2010.

Nakamoto was a member of the open source team. He was careful not to disclose any personal information about himself. Nakamoto continued to collaborate with other Bitcoin developers until 2010. The last time he was heard from was in the spring of 2011, when he announced that he had “turned to other pursuits.”

While Nakamoto did not share personal details about himself, he did describe himself as a 37-year-old man from Japan in a 2012 profile on P2P Foundation. Many have since speculated that Nakamoto was not likely to be Japanese, due to his native-level use of the English language. We also know Nakamoto is an excellent cryptographer with 31,000 lines encrypted.

What are the theories surrounding Nakamoto’s identity?

There is widespread speculation that “Satoshi Nakamoto” is a pseudonym for a group of people rather than a single creator.

In 2014, a Newsweek profile suggested Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year-old American-Japanese engineer, was the Bitcoin founder. He later clarified that this was incorrect and the result of miscommunication between himself and the journalist who wrote the piece.

In the early days of Bitcoin, a group of closely-knit developers worked together to get the cryptocurrency up and running. These developers included Hal Finney and Nick Szabo – both of whom have been rumoured to be Satoshi Nakamoto.

Finney died in 2014 and it was discovered that he lived just a few blocks away from Dorian Nakamoto, which prompted many to wonder if this was the source of the pseudonym.

Szabo was a member of the same Cypherpunk group as Finney and wrote extensively about the concepts underlying Bitcoin. He  even wrote about the idea of a decentralized currency called “Bitgold” decades before Bitcoin was created.

Szabo has denied being Nakamoto and has often used the name Nakamoto to refer to another person (whose identity is not known to him) when talking about the beginnings of digital currency.

Maybe Nakamoto will emerge one day and reveal their true identity.

What is Satoshi Nakamoto worth?

Reports suggest Nakamoto owns between 750,000 and one million Bitcoins. The value of Bitcoins depends on market conditions and Bitcoin price. For example, if Bitcoin had a market value of $29,000, Nakamoto would have $29 billion worth of it.

Why was Bitcoin created?

While Nakamoto is still a mystery, his goal for creating the cryptocurrency was never in doubt. Simply put, he developed Bitcoin to take financial control away from elites and allow ordinary people to be part of a decentralized financial system.

Bitcoin is open source, meaning anyone can participate and no one can control or manage all its aspects. Bitcoin was created in response to the Great Financial Crisis, which showed that even the largest banks are at risk of failing. The crisis exposed the vulnerability of the current financial system and called for the centralization of financial transactions. Bitcoin was one of the first alternatives to traditional financial systems, allowing people to participate in transactions without intermediaries.

The blockchain allows cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to build trust among users. It also provides security by acting as an open ledger anyone can access.

Nakamoto is believed to have created the “genesis block” of Bitcoin on the morning of January 3, 2009. The genesis block is the first block of a cryptocurrency to be mined and serves as the basis for the blockchain. For the first few months, Bitcoin had no monetary value. Miners were using computers to solve complex mathematical problems and mine the latest Bitcoin source for fun.

Miners helped confirm the authenticity and reliability of Bitcoin transactions. The Bitcoin payment issued to miners is a reward for verifying and processing the highly secured information that is part of each transaction. This ensures that each Bitcoin is tracked correctly and not used more than once.

The first real-world Bitcoin transaction happened on May 22, 2010, when a person from Florida offered to trade two $25 pizzas for 10,000 Bitcoins.  That day was declared “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” marking the first commercial transaction made with cryptocurrency. At that time, Bitcoin was valued at four Bitcoins for every penny.

Conclusion

Nakamoto was crucial in the development of Bitcoin and curiosity persists about the person or group behind this identity. The developments resulting from this person or group’s ideas have changed how we live our lives. It’s possible that Bitcoin won’t exist one day, but the blockchain technology created by Nakamoto and the innovations associated with it are likely to be around for many years.

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