Ted Nelson reveals alleged identity of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto

  • Internet pioneer Ted Nelson has revealed in an interview the alleged identity of the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.
  • According to him, Shinichi Mochizuki is the mathematician behind Nakamoto. His academic background supports the speculation.  

Internet pioneer Ted Nelson has revealed in an interview for Forbes the identity of the person he believes is Satoshi Nakamoto. Nelson called Satoshi a genius of “Newtonian level” and believes that the mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki is behind the pseudonym.

The identity of Satoshi Nakamoto is one of the biggest mysteries of crypto space and probably of the whole Internet. The creator of Bitcoin disappeared in 2011, after software developer Gavin Andresen was called to testify for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Andresen was one of the core developers of Bitcoin and his meeting with the CIA confirmed that Bitcoin was beginning to gain unwanted attention. Satoshi’s last message was sent to Mike Hearn, one of the first Bitcoin users, and it said:

I’ve moved on to other things. It’s in good hands with (Andresen) and with everyone.

“I think I know who Satoshi is”

Since then, many candidates have claimed Satoshi’s identity. Among them is Bitcoin SV supporter Craig Wright, the also anonymous inventor of Monero, Nicolas van Saberhagen, while the list of candidates is long. Although Mochizuki is one of the lesser-known names, it’s not the first time Nelson has claimed that the mathematician is Satoshi.

In a video released in 2013 and titled “I Think I Know Who Satoshi Is,” Nelson first reveals Mochizuki’s name as the possible inventor of Bitcoin. In the video, Nelson said:

Sensei with your all-seeing mind and your ability to create multi-level solutions (…) as you did with Bitcoin, I ask you to turn your thoughts and future projects to the most compelling and less abstract problems of humanity (…). You especially as Mochizuki-sensei or in your superhero name, Satoshi-san.

Mochizuki has the academic background to be Satoshi, the mathematician completed his PhD at Princeton in 3 years and graduated with honors. In addition, Mochizuki has a record of academic publications including the theory called “ABC Conjecture”, published in a 500-page document. This confirms that the mathematician has one of the requirements to be a Satoshi, who is credited with a background similar to that of Mochizuki.

The ABC conjecture was “thrown into the net”, as Nelson said. In other words, the mathematician developed his theory and published it so others could have access to it. Something similar happened with the Bitcoin whitepaper published in 2009. Nelson said about it in the interview:

He was asked to lecture on it and he refused. Instead, he just tiptoed away saying he had nothing more to say about it, just as he did in 2011 after giving the world Bitcoin.

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