Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Who Created Bitcoin? This Guy, Shinichi Mochizuki, Could Be the Real Satoshi Nakamoto

Shinichi MochizukiWho Created Bitcoin? This Guy, Shinichi Mochizuki, Could Be the Real Satoshi Nakamoto:
Did this guy create Bitcoin? The creator of the cryptocurrency
released the idea under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto and has
remained elusive ever since. Could he be Japanese mathematician
Shinichi
Mochizuki
?

The guy who created the term hypertext in 1963, Ted Nelson,

thinks he has cracked the case
, saying:
"I feel a special kinship to him. I do not have his brains or
his capabilities...but I know how it feels to be the only person in
the world who understands something, both the escatcy and
bitterness of it, being all along amongst beatiful stuff, having no
one else to share it with and other sneering."




Nelson's justification for his pick is summed up by
Quartz
:
1. Mochizuki is the kind of genius who could create
bitcoin.
 Whoever created Bitcoin has the intellectual
might of Isaac Newton, says Nelson. Mochizuki’s work as a
mathematician has cracked some of the simplest and toughest
problems in his field, attracting global
media coverage
. “It’s not like I’m accusing him of a crime!”
Nelson tells Quartz. “I’m accusing him of greatness.”
2. Mochizuki, like the creator of bitcoin, is fond of
dropping brilliant works on the internet and stepping
back.
 Bitcoin was released by a pseudonymous
programmer (or programmers) under the name Satoshi Nakamoto, who
then disappeared from the internet. Nelson compares this to
Mochizuki’s style of delivering his work not through academic
journals, but simply by dropping it on the internet and walking
away. (Notably, this is one area where Nelson gets his bitcoin
history wrong: Satoshi Nakamoto didn’t just drop bitcoin onto the
internet and disappear. He, she or they, engaged with the community
for some time over chat and email before disappearing.)
3. Mochizuki could easily have written all the
correspondence associated with Satoshi
Nakamoto.
 Despite being a Japanese professor at a
Japanese university, Mochizuki’s English must be quite good, says
Nelson, because he was the salutatorian of his graduating class at
Princeton, and he completed his undergraduate education in only
three years. (Nelson doesn’t note this, but it’s reasonable to
expect that Mochizuki is actually a native English speaker; he
moved to the US with his parents when he was only five years
old.)
What do you think?