Satoshi, is that you?

From the very moment when Bitcoin was first mined people started to wonder – who invented this digital currency. Originally it is said that Satoshi Nakamoto is the man we are searching for, but even now – after more than five years since the first Bitcoin transaction, his identity is surrounded by mystery.

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Satoshi, is that you?
From the very moment when Bitcoin was first mined people started to wonder – who invented this digital currency. Originally it is said that Satoshi Nakamoto is the man we are searching for, but even now – after more than five years since the first Bitcoin transaction, his identity is surrounded by mystery.

In recent times the search for the mysterious mastermind reached a new level – first Nakamoto’s possible brother was found, then another cryptographic genius but no sign of Satoshi himself.

So what do we know – he is probably Japanese, because of the name, but it is possible that a group of people were working under this name. Also we know that Dorian Nakamoto isn’t Satoshi’s brother. So, does Satoshi really exist?

This week Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author, gave his theory about Bitcoin’s founding father. In the post “How the Robots Will Take Over” from April 9 he describes how computers could take over the world. 

To be precise Scott Adams tells that: “If I'm the first post-singularity computer, I start by inventing Bitcoin”



Why Bitcoin could be the first step

“Perhaps we can't find the author of Bitcoin because the author is the first post-singularity computer. Step one in the computer's mission to control the environment is moving all money into a digital currency that humans can't fully understand and computers can manipulate” said Adams.

This is an exciting theory and still even as a joke, we have no evidence that the first post-singularity computer already exist. However, Adams in addition to writing the Dilbert is the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, business, and general speculation.

“The computer doesn't need to be in a hurry, so it introduces Bitcoin and waits for it to evolve into the primary currency of the planet. Perhaps a competing digital currency inspired by Bitcoin wins instead, but that doesn't matter because the computer can hack into the new currency and control it in a nanosecond,” Adams continues.

A masterly plan

Adams believes that the following step would include computers taking control of the financial markets and most probably it wouldn’t be too hard for a such a computer to complete this step, after all even today - global markets are all computerized. 
However Adams doesn’t say that his theory is already real but gives his idea of what first signs of a benevolent post-singularity computer could be:

1. A mysterious digital currency with an unknown author.
2. Unusually well-behaved financial markets.
3. Slow and steady improvement in the economy.
4. Slow news days (lots of them)
5. Fewer military flare-ups
6. Stuxnet virus (unknown authors again)
7. Legalization of Marijuana (to keep humans happy)

“I'm not saying the first post-singularity computer is already here. I'm just saying it looks that way” said Adams at the end of his post.

But still, the idea that a post-singularity computer could use digital currency as the first step of taking control sounds both scary and plausible. We just have to hope computer developers know how to prevent this.

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