Craig Wright Says Bitcoin’s Blockchain Is Turing Complete, Could Pass Sentience Test


Bitcoin Could Pass Turing Sentience Test, Says Craig Wright

Despite the massive influx of interest and funding for AI and blockchain-based technology in the past few years, blockchain technology still has several large hurdles to clear before it becomes adopted en masse by members of the scientific community as a superior computational and informational technology. For the most part, the naysayers of the crypto-backing technology argue that blockchain tech is overshadowed by other methods that are much more effective at solving computational and mathematical queries. Chief among these is the Turing machine, an old machine which was used to make calculations back in the 1930s. The machine is of interest to computer scientists for its ability to calculate any number.

But according to the claimant to the Satoshi Nakamoto throne, Dr. Craig Wright, Bitcoin’s blockchain could function as a Turing complete machine. This means that Bitcoin’s blockchain could solve any kind of problem that the massively powerful Turing machine could conceivably solve. This could be an incredible realization, if proven to be true. Turing completeness, according to some, is an obstacle which Bitcoin has yet to overcome.

Craig Wright, Faketoshi

Craig himself is a bit of a controversial figure within the Bitcoin community. For one, he stirred up confusion and inquiry when he claimed in 2016 to be the man behind the mysterious pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the individual or group of individuals credited with creating and publishing Bitcoin. Whoever is Satoshi is likely the holder of an enormous amount of the cryptocurrency, which is currently hovering in price at the $7,000 range.

But many within the cryptocurrency community view Wright’s claim with skepticism. His “proof” has mainly consisted of circumstantial and hard-to-prove pieces of evidence. Even on the few occasions where Wright has published somewhat technical proof of his involvement with and knowledge of the Bitcoin project, he has been quickly met with the jeers of cryptocurrency experts who refute his claims and proof.

Bitcoin And Turing Completeness

But Wright seems to be ignoring the claims of his opposition. He has instead devoted time to pushing for public acceptance of the Bitcoin spinoff Bitcoin Cash as the legitimate Bitcoin. Additionally, he has constantly been an active voice in cryptocurrency-related discussions, especially as they pertain to the budding technology and its progress in the financial and mathematics industry.

Working now as the lead scientist at startup nChain, Craig Wright stated in an interview that the Turing machine could compute any number that is functional computable, but that it could not compute numbers that are infinite. With this interpretation, he outlined that Bitcoin is Turing complete in the sense that it can calculate any calculatable number.

Wright also argued, though, that the implications of being Turing complete are not nearly as important as some people falsely believe them to be. He concluded that Bitcoin is indeed Turing complete, but the distinction is simply one relating to how much information and data can be stored on a system before it must be restarted and the number saved.

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