Thursday, May 05, 2016

Who invented Bitcoin?

From Ars Technica, on the evolving Craig Wright matter :

Of course, Craig Wright already said goodbye on Monday, telling the BBC his discussion would be the one and only television interview he would do. "I don't think I should have to be out there," he told the BBC. "There's nothing owed to the world... Why do I have to take credit for it? Why do I?"

"I want to work," he continued. "I don't work and invent and write papers and code by coming in front of TVs. I don't want money, I don't want fame, I don't want adoration, I just want to be left alone."

That's the persona Wright built—brilliant but incredibly sensitive and disdaining the limelight—even though he apparently hired a PR firm to put himself in the public eye. Since minute one, he has been certain to remind everyone that he's desperately concerned with his own privacy, to the point of being rude to the journalists sharing his story (the very same journalists he sought out.)

Real proof that a person or group of people is Satoshi Nakamoto, the moniker of the creator of Bitcoin, could be had within minutes. Moving around early bitcoin or creating a new signature with Satoshi's encryption keys would be enough.

Barring that, it looks like Wright will only be known as the first "cryptographically proven con artist," as security researcher Dan Kaminsky put it.


As we know, Thomas Edison was quite happy to take credit and be in the limelight.

Separately, one might contemplate an old episode of the Outer Limits. Sandkings (1995)


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