We were starting to get worried. We’ve been used to one Satoshi a year, but since Craig Wright, no one has come out to replace him.
Now a site claims they will reveal who Satoshi Nakamoto is. Do we believe it? No. It took someone about five minutes to tear it apart. As it’s interesting, we’ll quote at some length:
“We know that Satoshi registered Bitcoin.org August 18, 2008, and that on October 31, 2008, the Bitcoin paper was released into the wild. Bitcoin.org was registered via https://www.anonymousspeech.com/ and most probably paid for using cash.
After doing a quick Whois on gotsatoshi.com… the site is registered via goDaddy.com and using domainsbyproxy.com, domainsbyproxy is a ‘privacy’ service run by GoDaddy that sets their info as the registrar, interesting enough they retain the possibility to release the registrant’s information ‘the company will release a registrant’s personal information in some cases, such as by court order or for other reasons as deemed appropriate by the company per its Domain Name Proxy Agreement.’
So that part makes no sense, registering over GoDaddy and using domainsbyproxy is childlike and do not fit with a privacy expert as Satoshi at all, so still feels and smells like a marketing stunt.”
The master of privacy is apparently using “Facebook Pixel Code.” Yah sure. The Twitter account though says they might know John McAfee who claims he has tracked Nakamoto.
Yeah, yeah, whatever grandpa cafe. Ooo I is haxor, I track haxors. Sure sure. He’s probably talking nonsense too, so our expectations are close to zero, but if the real Nakamoto wanted to show up, how might he do it?
Well, he can email us or maybe one of the mainstream corporate media papers, but obviously everyone is very busy so dismissing it would be easy.
Supposing one doesn’t. The burden of proof now is signing the genesis block. That block has everyone’s attention, so any little signing and boom, front-page news within seconds.
What if, however, he, she, or whatever it is, wants to introduce himself properly. You know, it’s a big reveal. The mystery of this century so far. It would be appropriate to say a word or two, explain all the things.
So how do you reconcile this signing of the genesis block with the need to say hi first?
Well, he’s the genius, he should figure it out. A conference maybe? Say something like: hi, this is Nakamoto, but for realz. Look, I’ma sign now.
And the gain? Well, the $6 billion. Greed is it? Well, he’s earned it. You think he hasn’t mined more coins that haven’t been attributed to him and thus he can freely sell? Meaning he’s maybe wealthy enough so he doesn’t need them.
What did he say? Consider it a gift to everyone – about lost coins. Danke Nakamoto.
So then, that leaves fame. What use for it? If he is a genius, obviously he can contribute as normal like everyone else, why would he need to do so under Nakamoto?
Plus it is unlikley he can top the bitcoin invention. Anything he does would be overshadowed by that. And we’re using he, by the way, just for convenience. It may well be a she or, well, anything.
Nakamoto, moreover, is now also about whether privacy still exists in the digital age. So revealing himself would be cheating a little bit.
Now if some journalist can find him, that’s simple incentives. You can’t fight human nature especially considering just how much money that paper would make.
Catching the biggest prize in investigative journalism is fair game and might also reveal that finding truth is still something the media can do.
Yet Nakamoto is less the man and more the myth. Nakamoto is the code that runs bitcoin. Who came up with it is natural curiosity and hopefully one day we will know when it doesn’t matter very much, more as an historic fact, perhaps.
Who wants to ruin the fun with all these new Satoshis anyway. Even Wright is funny with his wife gambling on bitcoin futures, although a bit less funny than the other Satoshis.
It is said the founder of Rome was born of an eagle and a lion. Nakamoto was born of maths and code.
That’s a far nicer story than the imperfect human, with their complexities, quirks, and the easy caricaturing.
Of maths, of 1s and 0s, you can’t say much. They’re objective, is or isn’t, external.
As is privacy, which this marketing site couldn’t be bothered to cover. Had Nakamoto made such slip, then NewsWeek might have spared itself some lunch money.
He apparently hasn’t, however. One wonders whether even intelligence agencies know. Presumably not as why would they spend resources on it rather than on far more important matters and if they have you’d think it would have leaked by now.
While for journalists, it is obvious why. They’d get a lot of pageviews. Just as they can get discredited if they get it wrong.
Making this game a lot of fun with the outcome telling us something whichever way.
Privacy still lives. To what extent, we might find out eventually, but a decade is quite something.
Reporters still try to do their job, but arguably they don’t try very hard. Whether that will change, remains to be seen.
The government, although seen as all interfering, does sometime mind its business because with all their resources presumably they could find out if they directed them towards it, but why on earth would they.
People love myths as much as they always have. Myths can also create a community and a community bond.
The most important lesson however is that actions can teach a lot more than words. Nakamoto could have said don’t judge the man, judge his work, but obviously no one would have listened. By his action, he has given no choice, but to judge his work.
It is that action that in many ways is missing today. Everyone proposes, or angrily shouts, or expects others to do something.
Few act, mainly because they don’t have the resources. Taking as a crude example the idea of a Citizens Assembly, one can gather a group of likeminded people, youtube it, and there, we have a Citizens Assembly.
To act, however, takes a lot more time, effort and focus than to speak. When Nakamoto revealed bitcoin, he was not met with praise, but dismissal. Presumably he worked very hard to get the ball rolling until it took a life of its own, and he left.
That makes the Nakamoto myth far more important than just symbols, and obviously far more important than just the man.
For like all good myths, it teaches something, and through it, hopefully inspires others. So long may it live.