During a conversation with UpOnlyTV, Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, spoke about current challenges of his project, as well as its use cases. In addition, he took the opportunity to leave his guess about who Satoshi Nakamoto is, citing Hal Finney.
On the occasion, Buterin also commented on the importance of anonymity and privacy. That is, it is possible that Satoshi’s disappearance was the second best thing he did, the first being Bitcoin.
Other big names like Elon Musk and Peter Thiel also follow the same line of thought as Vitalik. Both believe that Satoshi is someone who is well known in the community for his previous work.
Vitalik Buterin quotes Hal Finney
Vitalik’s guesses about Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity started with a joke in which he had to choose a candidate from four options.
The first one featured Craig Wright (Faketoshi), Charles Hoskinson (Creator of Cardano), Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla) and an anonymous blueberry. Vitalik obviously chose the blueberry, thus denying that Craig Wright is the creator of Bitcoin, although he continues to claim this and is already being sued.
When asked more openly about the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, Vitalik did not hesitate to quote Hal Finney, the first person to receive a Bitcoin transaction.
“I feel like if I had to name one person, I would say Hal Finney. But I would also bet against Hal Finney, after all, the odds are evenly distributed among several people.”
Asked about the probability, the creator of Ethereum estimated a number between 1 and 20%. That is, between 1 in 100 and 1 in 20 people, a very small number of candidates.
Others have the same hunch about Satoshi Nakamoto
In addition to Vitalik Buterin, other big names like Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, believe that the creator of Bitcoin is someone linked to past projects. At the time, Thiel stated that he probably met Satoshi on a beach in the 2000s.
Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, in addition to claiming that he is not Satoshi, said that the most likely name for this answer is Nick Szabo, known for the creation of Bit gold.
Finally, both Hal Finney with the creation of Reusable Proof-of-Work and Nick Szabo with Bit gold are strong candidates. Despite this, there are numerous other candidates, such as Wei Dai, creator of B-money, for example.
It seems that the mystery of Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity will be present forever. At least he proved that it is possible to remain anonymous even while creating one of the most innovative technologies of the modern day.