Monday, May 20, 2013

Ted Nelson Says That Bitcoin's Satoshi Nakamoto Is Shinichi Mochizuki

Forbes - TECH | 5/19/2013 @ 10:47ap.The computer visionary claims to have worked out who is the real person behind the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto. Nakamoto of course being the name behind the original plans and code for Bitcoin. It’s an, umm, how to put this politely, an ambitious claim to be sure. For Nelson doesn’t actually provide any evidence: only says that it could be true. And it’s something of a leap to go from could be true to is true.

I Think I Know Who Satoshi Is

The evidence, such as it is, can be summarised as follows:

  • Mochizuki can rightfully be identified as being smart enough to have conceived of Bitcoin;
  • Mochizuki doesn’t use the conventional scientific peer review process. Rather, his habit is to publish, and leave it to other mathematicians to sort their way through his reasoning; and
  • Bitcoin would fit Mochizuki’s work-rate.

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