Why I think Nick Szabo is Satoshi Nakamoto

1 – Read his blog: http://unenumerated.blogspot.co.uk every single post there is a “Bitcoin white paper” in it’s own right

2 – In his post about Bitgold (http://unenumerated.blogspot.co.uk/2005/12/bit-gold.html) he’s mentioning that unfortunately “The main problem […] is that proof of work schemes depend on computer architecture, not just an abstract mathematics based on an abstract “compute cycle.”. In the Bitcoin white paper he states that “The proof-of-work also solves the problem of determining representation in majority decision making. If the majority were based on one-IP-address-one-vote, it could be subverted by anyone able to allocate many IPs. Proof-of-work is essentially one-CPU-one-vote”.

3 – Bitcoin white paper doesn’t reference Nick Szabo Bitgold despite the fact that Bitgold is extraordinarily similar to Bitcoin

4 – http://unenumerated.blogspot.co.uk/2006/12/law-embedded-in-world.html in this (apparently) silly post Nick is subtly referencing the double spending problem and how it’s solved. The first car (transaction) passes trough (get confirmed), the second malicious car (double spend attempt) get blocked

5 – Silly proof: SN = NS 🙂

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  1. juanjux - Reply

    I think is Nick + Hal Finney as a team. For Nick, all the reasons you stated. For Hal:

    – They had contact on crypto circles before Bitcoin.

    – Hal had a neighbor called Dorian Nakamoto, but had Satoshi as first name. I think he “stoled” this name as alias.

    – Satoshi dissappeared a little before Hal entered the last phase of its degenerative illness.

    – The first transaction from Satoshi went to Hal.

  2. dietrolldietroll - Reply

    1. “A Bitcoin White Paper” in it’s own right? Huh?

    2. So? There is absolutely no link between those 2 things aside from the technology itself.

    3. That’s a reason?

    4. Double-spend has been a universally understood concept ever since bank computer systems, and ATMs were invented.

    5. That’s your best one.

  3. Agamemnon85 - Reply

    Nick Szabo who’s father fled communist Hungary and settled in the United States, were Szabo was born 51 years ago. “Szabo” is a very common hungarian last name that means “tailor”. In that country the last name is the first one like “Szabo Nick”, so that #5 is SN=SN 😉

  4. smorgasmic - Reply

    I agree Szabo is probably Satoshi. You left out the most telling pieces of evidence:

    6 – Nick went silent in the critical year when Bitcoin was released

    7 – Nick failed to release a competitive product to Bitcoin, in spite of the fact that Nick had put up a public post asking for help in coding up Bit Gold just months before the Bitcoin white paper was released. Why would Nick not view Bitcoin as a competitor and speed up the release of his own project?

    Who would just sit by and let someone else take your ideas for free and say and do nothing about it? If Nick wanted to throw in the towel and back Bitcoin, why didn’t he do that too? It is incomprehensible that someone with such good ideas about cryptocurrency – who was actively pursuing a coding of his ideas just months before Bitcoin was released – would sit silent and just watch.

    This is the case where the absence of action is even more telling than the presence.

  5. hairy_unicorn - Reply

    Szabo made an intriguing slip of the tongue during [his interview with Tim Ferriss](https://tim.blog/2017/06/04/nick-szabo/amp/):

    > 1:35:25 Ferriss: Nick, I know you don’t want to get into the middle of the politics of it, but just from a pure computer science perspective – like if you were re-designing a *Bitgold* today, and you wanted to incorporate some of these learnings, where would you fall-in on? Would you go for larger blocks? Would you go for a second layer?
    > 1:35:40 Szabo: Oh no, I’d definitely go for a second layer, I mean **I designed Bitcoi… gold** with two layers because… [brief pause]
    > 1:35:45 Ferriss: And can you explain, just – I must have lost something – just what that second layer is, one more time?

    It’s probably nothing (Bitcoin doesn’t appear to have been intentionally designed for two layers), but taken with everything else, it’s kinda interesting.

  6. igadjeed - Reply

    Satoshi Nakamoto was an AI experiment which exceeded the design goals of its developers
    Nick Szabo and Hal Finney are/were the human puppets of the Satoshi AI

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