Monday, May 20, 2013

Conspiracy Theorists, Sleuths, Sherlock Holmes' Fans Come Hither!

Well, this is interesting… in a weird, bizarre, off-the-wall kind of way....

Ted Nelson, an established "computer visionary," claims in a 13-minute video to have unmasked the identity of the creator of Bitcoin, the digital currency that has been the focus of much financial news in recent times (but whose actual inventor has never been divulged).      

I've followed Bitcoin news for awhile now, but I don't even pretend to understand the mechanics of how the currency system works or even came into being... I've seen predictions ranging from it being the certain and eventual future of worldwide currency, to it being a fad that will crash-and-burn taking down a great many of its speculative proponents in the process.

Anyway, the alias long-used by Bitcoin's creator is "Satoshi Nakamoto," but Nelson believes he has deduced that the true instigator of Bitcoin is… ready for the drrr-r-r-r-rumroll… none other than mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki, recent elusive claimant of a proof for the ABC conjecture!!

Definitely fun to watch Nelson lay out his entertaining (though I think quite flimsy), case here:

Forbes article on the matter here:

I wouldn't put much stock in Nelson's theory, but let's face it, we all love a mystery, and playing detective....

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