Is He a She?
Could the very reason that we have had so much difficulty tracking down a man named Satoshi Nakamoto be that the mysterious cryptocurrency creator isn’t a “man” at all?
Is it possible that bitcoin, a currency whose community is overwhelmingly made up of men, was actually created by a woman?
If Las Vegas ever decided to create betting lines for all the folks who might be Satoshi Nakamoto, American computer scientist Nick Szabo would likely be among the favorites.
Szabo, who has been described as a large bearded man with a bald pate encircled with salt-and-pepper hair, could very well be the man behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym.
From the Land Down Under
A relatively obscure Australian computer programmer made headlines back in 2016 when he stated on his blog that he and a deceased computer analyst named David Kleiman were, in fact, the men behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym.
Born in Brisbane, Australia the 46-year- old known as Craig Steven Wright attended Charles Sturt University where we claimed to have studied economics and financial modeling on his way to earning a Ph.D. in computer science. This would be just the sort of background one might expect from the founder of the famed cryptocurrency.
The Other Nakamoto
Could there be a more obvious suspect in the case to discover Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity than a libertarian computer engineers whose birth name actually is Satoshi Nakamoto?
Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto is a Japanese American man in his late 60s living in California, whose passion these days seems to be altering model steam trains by utilizing computer-aided design technology.
However, he also happens to be a physicist who worked on classified defense projects and had previously helped innovate technology for financial information service companies.
In a nutshell, Cypherpunks are activists who advocate the use of privacy-enhancing technology to usher in a new era of social and political chance.
In 1985 cryptographer David Chaum published his book “Security without Identification: Transaction Systems to Make Big Brother Obsolete.” One of Chaum’s key proposals in the book was to create anonymous digital cash which would offer people an alternative to government-backed currencies.
The ideas within his book are considered to be the basis of Cypherpunk ideology, which spawned a movement in the late 1980s.
The movement helped to produce Cypherpunks such as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Tor developer Jacob Applebaum, and famed cryptographer Hal Finney.
Introducing The Mystery
We live in an era where the answer to virtually any question one could conceivably ask can be answered
with a few simple keystrokes. Technology has helped to create a world where privacy is dead, and
access to information is seemingly limitless.
However, even in an age where information flows like lava, there are still some mysteries that remain. One such mystery is the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the man who created Bitcoin and the first blockchain database.