Bitcoin Drama

Nick Szabo Is Most Likely Creator of Bitcoin, Linguistics Study Says

The findings substantiate popular pre-existing rumors.
WHO MADE YOU?! (Photo: Silicon Angle)

WHO MADE YOU?! (Photo: Silicon Angle)

Among all the people widely rumored to have created Bitcoin, Nick Szabo is the most likely possibility, says a study conducted at the Centre for Forensic Linguistics at the UK’s Aston University. Mr. Szabo is a blogger and former law school professor at George Washington University.

The research, conducted between early March and early April, examined the linguistic similarities between Satoshi Nakamoto’s original Bitcoin paper and the writings of eleven prime suspects in the mystery of the cryptocurrency’s creation, a press release explained. The suspects whose writings were analyzed were Dorian S. Nakamoto, Vili Lehdonvirta, Michael Clear, Shinichi Mochizuki, Gavin Andresen, Nick Szabo, Jed McCaleb, Dustin D. Trammel, Hal Finney, Wei Dai and the Neal King-Vladimir Oksman-Charles Bry trio.

“The number of linguistic similarities between [Mr.] Szabo’s writing and the Bitcoin paper is uncanny, none of the other possible authors were anywhere near as good of a match,” Dr. Jack Grieve, the leader of the “Project Bitcoin” study, said in the release. “We are pretty confident that out of the primary suspects Nick Szabo is the main author of the paper, though we can’t rule out the possibility that others contributed.”

As evidence, the study points to a number of linguistic similarities between the Bitcoin paper and dozens of Mr. Szabo’s blog posts and other writings. According to the release, the similarities include the use of:

“… the phrases ‘chain of…’, ‘trusted third parties’, ‘for our purposes’, ‘need for…’, ‘still’, ‘of course’, ‘as long as’, ‘such as’ and ‘only’ numerous times, contractions, commas before ‘and’ and ‘but’, hyphenation, ‘-ly’ adverbs, the pronouns ‘we’ and ‘our’ in papers by a single author; fragmented sentences following colons and reflexive (-self) pronouns.”

Bear in mind, the findings are nothing particularly new — people have been remarking on the linguistic similarities between the Bitcoin paper and Mr. Szabo’s writing for a long time. The Aston University study just further substantiates, with academic research, the claim that Mr. Szabo is Satoshi Nakamoto.

Mr. Szabo, for his part, has previously denied the popular claim.

Somewhere, off the coast of some remote island, the real Satoshi Nakamoto is clinking champagne glasses with Banksy as the two sail off into the sunset.

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