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Elon Musk reveals who he thinks the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto is

Dec 30, 2021 08:08 PM IST

Known for his expansive work in the fields of digital currencies and smart contracts, Nick Szabo is a well-known computer scientist and cryptographer. He also coined the term "smart contracts".

Elon Musk

As per Tesla founder and prominent crypto proponent Elon Musk, the individual behind Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious and elusive founder of Bitcoin, might be no one else but the famous crypto expert Nick Szabo.

"He seems to be the one more responsible for the ideas behind bitcoin than anyone else. He claims not to be Nakamoto, but I'm not sure that's neither here nor there," Musk was reported as saying.

In a podcast with AI researcher Lex Fridman, the billionaire mentioned how despite not exactly knowing who created the pioneering digital currency, he believes that the theories of the notoriously secretive crypto expert are fundamental to the creation of bitcoin.

However, Szabo has, despite having spoken and written prolifically on the digital currency's history, has on multiple occasions denied the claim that he, indeed is Nakamoto. In 2014, he commented on the matter, saying "I’m afraid you got it wrong doxing me as Satoshi, but I am used to it".