On January 3, 2022, the Bitcoin network will be celebrating its 13th year since its inception by its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. The creator of Bitcoin has always been the most famous and mysterious figure in the community. Satoshi logged off roughly ten years ago, never to return, and it’s very likely that the inventor will never return.
Satoshi Nakamoto created the Bitcoin network and published the white paper on Halloween (October 31, 2008). The paper was written by “Satoshi Nakamoto” using the email address “email@example.com,” and the creator also attached the web domain name “bitcoin.org” to it.
The name “Satoshi Nakamoto” is of Japanese origin and is widely regarded as a pseudonym or a forgery. Because the date is displayed on the inventor’s P2P Foundation profile, it is assumed that Nakamoto was born on April 5, 1975. Nakamoto would be 46 years old today if the birth date is correct.
A large number of sleuths have made it their mission over the years to discover the identity of the inventor. However, Satoshi Nakamoto is most likely deceased, and there are numerous reasons why people believe Bitcoin’s creator is no longer alive. In the past, ULTCOIN365 has published numerous articles about the possible suspects who have claimed to be Satoshi, as well as the many who claim to be the famous inventor.
The first thing we know is that Satoshi Nakamoto left two messages before disappearing. The first was on December 12, 2010, when the creator left a message in the community about “exploring more complex ideas.” Satoshi discussed things in a serious and direct manner in the December 12 post, emphasizing that the “software is not at all resistant to DoS attack.”
Nakamoto never returned to the Bitcointalk.org forum to discuss anything else. Years later, emails from Nakamoto to Mike Hearn and Gavin Andresen from April 2011 surfaced, in which the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin stated, “I’ve moved on to other things.” From here, most of Satoshi’s subsequent communications have been unproven, and there have been a lot of wild claims and speculation that persist to this day.
Bitcoin Wealth Is Still Unclaimed
However, Satoshi Nakamoto decided not to return after receiving these messages, and it is very possible that the inventor was unable to return due to health reasons. Indeed, some believe that Hal Finney was the most likely Satoshi Nakamoto candidate. Finney died in August 2014 after suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Finney left the PGP Corporation in 2011, the same year Nakamoto sent his final correspondence emails to Hearn and Andresen.
Finally, one of the most telling signs that Nakamoto is no longer with us — aside from the complete lack of communication after ten years — is that the inventor’s fortune remains unspent to this day. If Nakamoto is still alive, it is widely assumed that he has a stash of one million bitcoin (BTC). However, the more than $60 billion worth of BTC has never been seen, and there’s a good chance these coins will be lost forever if Satoshi Nakamoto dies.
At the end of the day, however, there aren’t enough facts to prove Satoshi is dead, just as there aren’t enough facts to prove Satoshi is alive. The lack of communication over the years does not necessarily imply that Nakamoto is no longer alive. Furthermore, the fact that Satoshi has never moved or spent the $60 billion in bitcoin mined in the early days does not necessarily imply that Nakamoto is dead. One thing is certain: Nakamoto’s shroud of mystery was sufficient to ensure that we were not.