The iconic Bitcoin (BTC) white paper celebrates thirteen years of financial disruption after being first published on Oct. 31, 2008, by an anonymous person or entity named Satoshi Nakamoto.
The white paper, titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, foresaw the need for a peer-to-peer online payment system that is self-governing, secure and limited in quantity. The Bitcoin network was launched on Jan. 3, 2009, with each Bitcoin priced at $0.0008.
While Bitcoin was initially perceived as a threat by traditional financial institutions, thirteen years of community support and a growing user base have made Bitcoin one of the most profitable investments for the internet age. Today, Bitcoin maintains a stable trading value well above $60k after experiencing a gradual appreciation of 7,749,999,900% since its launch.
The Bitcoin white paper proposes a solution to prevent double-spending without the risk of trusting a third party. To do this, it mentions the use of "honest" nodes that confirm transactions by overpowering the bad actors in terms of the raw central processing unit (CPU) power of computers.
Interestingly enough, the Bitcoin white paper has 15 "honest" and one "dishonest" mentions, explaining the need for honest nodes to ensure the credibility of each transaction. In the words of Satoshi Nakamoto:
“We have proposed a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust. They [honest nodes] vote with their CPU power, expressing their acceptance of valid blocks by working on extending them and rejecting invalid blocks by refusing to work on them.”
The Bitcoin blockchain has mined block number 707542, which offered a mining reward of 6.25000000 BTC.
As the Bitcoin ecosystem slowly approaches its hard cap, or maximum supply of 21 million BTC, the developer community will need to modify the existing rules to incentivize the miners that confirm Bitcoin transactions on the blockchain. The white paper suggests:
“Any needed rules and incentives can be enforced with this consensus mechanism.”
Prominent entrepreneurs from Crypto Twitter such as Anthony Pompliano join in on the celebrations.
Tomorrow is the 13 year anniversary of the Bitcoin Whitepaper.— Pomp (@APompliano) October 30, 2021
We are officially launching Bitcoin Pizza in 20 cities with almost 100 locations.
Every dollar of my profits goes to bitcoin developers pic.twitter.com/oh5gHnJ7iP
Despite the ongoing resistance from numerous governments and authorities, this year marks the beginning of Bitcoin’s legacy as a legal tender in El Salvador. The long-term effect of Bitcoin on El Salvador’s inflated economy will determine the asset’s mainstream adoption among other jurisdictions.
The success of Bitcoin and the crypto ecosystems as viable investments continue to attract investors from all walks of life. One of the world’s richest man, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, recently showed support for cryptocurrencies at the Code Conference in California:
“It is not possible to, I think, destroy crypto, but it is possible for governments to slow down its advancement.”
Musk also believes that “cryptocurrency is fundamentally aimed at reducing the power of a centralized government,” which can be one of the main reasons for Bitcoin’s slow mainstream adoption rate.
Bitcoin is my safe word— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2020