- An author with Reason published an article, suggesting that Neal Stephenson is Satoshi Nakamoto.
- The sci-fi writer has denied these claims.
A recent article popped up with Reason that mentioned best-selling author Neal Stephenson, but not for the books that he’s published. Instead, the author of this article alleged that Stephenson may be the person responsible for the creation of Bitcoin – Satoshi Nakamoto. However, Stephenson is denying these allegations.
Satoshi Nakamoto, as many pundits know, is the pseudonym given for the creator of Bitcoin. He disappeared in 2010, which created even more interest in who the mystery man or woman could be. To this day, no one knows the identity for sure, though many theories have come up. Some conspiracy theorists believe that Bitcoin was made by the government, while Craig Wright has even stated that he is the true creator. Stephenson is just one of the latest people to be suggested as a real identity.
In the Reason article, the author supported his argument by saying that Stephenson has “an obsessive, technically astute fascination with cryptography, digital currency, the social and technological infrastructure of a post-government world.” Along with the influence that the writer has had on the cypherpunk movement, the reporter seems fairly certain of Satoshi’s potential real-world identity.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to agree at all. During a “Conversations with Tyler” podcast, which was released this week, the writer hoped that people don’t actually believe him to be the man behind Bitcoin. While he expressed that the notion flattered him, he is not Satoshi.
On discussing cryptocurrency, Stephenson said,
“When people want to talk to me about a new cryptocurrency, I tend not to be super interested in continuing that conversation. But when they want to talk to me about using distributed ledgers to enable some other kind of initiative, then frequently, it can get very interesting indeed.”
The author of the Reason article mentions that Stephenson’s novels have shown his fascination with both cryptography and tech, creating settings in a post-government world. He even adds that the writer is an inspiration to some of the biggest entrepreneurs in the tech space, and that his former employer, Amazon, is now making moves to potentially accept cryptocurrency.
Elon Musk has also been one of the people that is believed to be Satoshi, but he has denied the idea, like Stephenson.