YouTube podcaster Lex Fridman interviewed the world's richest man, Elon Musk, for the third time recently in December. Later in the interview, after discussing a variety of topics, they began a conversation about Bitcoin.
Once the conversation got going, Lex decided to ask Elon an interesting question: Who is the real Satoshi Nakamoto?
Being the richest man in the world, Musk has been accruing knowledge for decades as a programmer and successful businessman. He mastered the C++ programming language in the early 2000s when he co-founded PayPal with Peter Thiel.
As many Bitcoiners know, expert C++ coding skills are a requirement for any Satoshi candidate, since the mysterious creator coded the entire versions of Bitcoin solely in C++. Lex actually first asked Elon if he was Satoshi. Elon responded by noting that if he was Satoshi, he would have told the world by now.
The Real Satoshi
After putting an end to the theory that the Tesla CEO is Satoshi, Lex asked Elon who he thought Satoshi was. Musk took a long 30-second pause, then eloquently explained how the person most responsible for the core ideas behind Bitcoin is an American computer scientist named Nick Szabo.
Szabo is famously the inventor of the crucial blockchain coding concept known as "Smart Contracts." Without smart contracts, Ethereum and many of the other top altcoins wouldn't even exist.
However, more importantly, Nick is also the inventor of the widely accepted precursor to Bitcoin known as Bit gold. It happened to have an extremely similar design to Bitcoin (along with the fact that the names are nearly identical to each other).
Nick also used terms like "bit gold miner" and "chain of digital signatures" in bit gold, which Satoshi also frequently used. Not only that, research studies like this have shown that he is the most likely author of the Bitcoin whitepaper.
Furthermore, an anonymous researcher discovered that he's the only Satoshi candidate with coding quirks that match Satoshi. People on the internet also point out that Nick's initials (N S) are Satoshi's initials backwards (S N).
Nick first unveiled Bit gold in a private mailing list called "Libtech" that he started in 1998 with famous programmers Wei Dai, Hal Finney and economists George Selgin and Larry White as recipients. Nick described all four men as inspirations for his continued work on Bit gold.
In fact, in 2008, on his stunning blog called Unenumerated, Nick penned a new post called "Bit gold markets." In this piece, Szabo described ways in which he could create markets for his cryptocurrency and used various Bitcoin terms such as "chain of digital signature" and "miners."
The timing couldn't be more spot on: this blog post was written in April 2008, 6 months before the Bitcoin whitepaper. Szabo also asked for help coding bit gold in the comment section of that same blog post, implying Bit gold was not a dead project.
Even stranger, Satoshi didn't cite Bit gold in the Bitcoin whitepaper despite the similarities. Satoshi even ignored Hal Finney when Hal told him that Bitcoin had many similarities to Bit gold.
Oddest of all, Satoshi cited B-Money by Wei Dai in the whitepaper over Bit gold, even asking Wei Dai himself in an email if the citation for B-Money was correct. Satoshi tried to credit everyone but himself.
A CoinGeek Conclusion
Elon Musk didn't outright say that Nick was Satoshi, but that was arguably what he subtly revealed. Regardless, it certainly isn't Craig "Faketoshi" Wright. Speaking of the fraud, Craig and Calvin's media cult called CoinGeek released an article dismissing Musk's statements about Nick as false.
They also asserted in the article that Craig is the real Satoshi and Nick doesn't qualify. I find that claim incredibly fascinating, given Craig hasn't written a single non-plagiarized academic paper on crypto, and Nick Szabo has over 20+ published pieces.
There will soon be a follow-up to this article responding to CoinGeek's piece.