In a conversation with Lex Fridman’s podcast, published this Friday (28), Elon Musk talked about Bitcoin and also about who Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin is.
With the popularization of Bitcoin, many try to unravel this puzzle about who is the creator of Bitcoin. Another who believes he has clues about Satoshi is Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal. Both Thiel and Musk feel the same way about the creator of Bitcoin.
It is also worth remembering that it is estimated that Satoshi Nakamoto has more than 1 million bitcoins, equivalent to 272 billion reais at the current price. This places him as the 27th richest man in the world, “on the tail” of Elon Musk as the richest man in the world.
“I’m not Satoshi”
Interestingly, a former Tesla and SpaceX employee stated again this week that he’s pretty sure Elon Musk is Satoshi Nakamoto. Despite that, your story it does not seem at all plausible and little evidence has been presented to support his claim.
Already according to the Elon Musk, he would say he is Satoshi Nakamoto if he were, admitting on Tuesday that it has no connection with the creation of Bitcoin.
“—Some people suggest that you are Satoshi Nakamoto, you have already said that you are not…
– It is not me.
– Are you sure?
– I have
“Would you speak if you were?”
Hidden for over 13 years since his first appearances, Satoshi disappeared completely in December 2010. As a gift, he left us Bitcoin, a currency and payment system that doesn’t depend on a central figure.
Nick Szabo é Nakamoto, alega Elon Musk
After claiming he’s not Satoshi Nakamoto, Elon Musk stopped to reflect on who the creator of Bitcoin is. After a few seconds of pause, he replied that you have to look back for clues.
“You can look at the evolution of ideas before Bitcoin was released and see who wrote about these ideas and so obviously I don’t know exactly who created Bitcoin, for practical purposes, but the evolution of ideas is pretty clear and [essa criação] seems to be from Nick Szabo, he’s probably more responsible than anyone else for the evolution of these ideas.”, afirmou Elon Musk, CEO da Tesla.
“He [Szabo] claims it’s not Nakamoto, but I’m not sure that [suas ideias] are not here or there, it seems to be the [pessoa] more responsible for the ideas behind Bitcoin than anyone else.”
Although Nick Szabo has no credit for the Bitcoin whitepaper, which mentions Wei Dai, S. Haber, WS Stornetta and other names, he was the creator of Bit Gold in 1998, a huge inspiration for Bitcoin.