Last week, the internet lit up with speculation that Apple (Nasdaq: AAPLFounder Steve Jobs may be Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto.
The rumor started with the discovery of a copy of the bitcoin white paper about technology writer Andy Baio’s Mac. Bayou Books Bitcoin’s founding document has appeared on every Mac since Mojave in 2018.
Digital currency Twitter influencers shared Bayou tweets about the discovery and ran polls asking if the late Steve Jobs was really Satoshi Nakamoto. While the majority said it either wasn’t or that it didn’t matter, a large number of people believed it was.
Steve Jobs was actually Satoshi Nakamoto the creator # Bitcoin?
The revelations that all Macs come with a BTC white paper is fueling speculation.
In addition to the disappearance of Satoshi in December 2010, then Jobs passed in October 2011. The timelines are appropriate…
– Lark Davis (@TheCryptoLark) April 7, 2023
If you had the option that Jobs was or could have been the inventor of the world’s first peer-to-peer electronic cash system, sorry to burst your bubble, but he wasn’t. Despite all the media headlines about the “mysterious” inventor of Bitcoin, it really isn’t much of a mystery, and those already paying attention know who Nakamoto is.
Satoshi Nakamoto was Dr. Craig Wright, and there is a lot of evidence out there
There is overwhelming evidence that Dr. Craig Wright was the inventor of Bitcoin, and much of it has been presented where it counts: under oath in court.
Dr. Wright is not a popular figure within ‘crypto’ as he professes the rampant speculation, schemes and fraud that characterize it, and he has refused to bend or crumble when it comes to his intentions in his life’s work. He is determined to create a scalable, peer-to-peer electronic cash system that will make the world a better place, and refuses to buy into the false reasoning that signing with Nakamoto’s private keys publicly will somehow prove that he is him.
So, in the absence of a public key signature, what is the evidence that Dr. Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto? Let’s dig deeper.
First, Dr. Wright is not the “self-proclaimed” inventor of Bitcoin, as many news publications call him. He’s gone out before Wired And gizmodo Magazines back in 2015, and he left Australia in a hurry to avoid attention. There are emails from within Dr. Wright’s organization that show that when reporters questioned him at the time, he instructed his colleagues to “add them to the list of people who knew.”
After that, Dr. Wright took an oath as the inventor of Bitcoin. It would be insanely risky if he were to lie, given that it would be a crime and that the “real Satoshi” could expose him at any moment. However, the silence from the ‘real Satoshi’ is deafening, despite Dr. Wright having successfully won the copyright over the Bitcoin white paper and database, and later used it to force Bitcoin.org to remove it from its UK website. .
Dr. Wright is one of the few people on earth with the breadth and depth of knowledge to create a system like Bitcoin. In addition to being one of the most qualified digital forensics practitioners in the world, he holds a PhD in economics and computer science, among other specializations. He was always able to explain weird stuff of Bitcoin, such as the double hash, 256k1, how the Bitcoin script works, the 1Return Bug (which is not a bug), and more. These questions left other experts in the field baffled.
When Satoshi Nakamoto left the project in the early days of Bitcoin, he handed the reins over to a developer named Gavin Andresen. The two have engaged in public and private conversations about bitcoin, and when Andersen met Dr. Wright in 2016, he publicly stated that the Australian musician had signed early blocks of his choice with Nakamoto keys and that he fit the type of person he remembered. Nakamoto as it goes.
Stephen Matthews, a former colleague of Dr. Wright’s, has stated that he has first-hand knowledge that he is Nakamoto. Matthews recalls Dr. Wright talking to him about Bitcoin before it was released to the public and claims to have seen an early copy of the white paper. Matthews has since gambled his reputation and his career by working closely with Dr. Wright in nChain And in other endeavors.
Matthews isn’t the only former colleague of Dr. Wright’s to have said such things. Former BDO director Neville Sinclair testified under oath that Dr. Wright submitted a project to the company outlining a digital currency secured by cryptography and contracts. This was a year or so before Bitcoin was released. Why are people who are in a position to know better willing to take such risks with their reputations and their careers to vouch for Dr. Wright?
That’s not all. At the Trial of the Century in Florida in 2024, Dr. Wright won a lawsuit for 1.1 million bitcoins after being sued by the brother of his late friend David Clemens, who claimed that his brother was half of the duo that invented bitcoin. At no point did Ira Kleiman protest the idea that Dr. Wright was involved, and the jury found no fraud involving him.
In 2024, Dr. Wright wins a defamation lawsuit against podcast creator Peter McCormack. The broadcaster publicly claimed that Dr. Wright was fraudulently claiming to be the inventor of Bitcoin, but retracted his statements when presented with Dr. Wright’s evidence of discovery. Tether, who is supporting McCormack in the case, withdrew financial support when they saw the same evidence.
No, Satoshi Nakamoto was not Steve Jobs
While some eyeballs and brains will undoubtedly explode at this point in the article, the evidence is abundantly clear to anyone who bases their beliefs on reason and logic; Dr. Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto, which means Steve Jobs is not.
If you are interested in finding out what the inventor of Bitcoin thinks about the cryptocurrency industry, how Bitcoin should work and what it actually is, and more, check out his blog at CraigWright.net. Who better to learn from him than Satoshi himself?
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