‘I’ve moved on to other things’ — Satoshi Nakamoto’s final email revisited after 13 years

Approximately 13 years ago, the enigmatic figure behind Bitcoin’s creation, Satoshi Nakamoto, stopped engaging with the initial team of developers on April 23, 2011, opting to focus on other projects instead.

Previously, Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn shared the concluding details of his correspondence with Nakamotoconcerning the complexities and technical aspects of integrating Bitcoin features to suppress spam through the use of BTC as security.

“I do hope your BitcoinJ continues to be developed into an alternative client. It gives Java devs something to work on, and it’s easier with a simpler foundation that doesn’t have to do everything.”

Satoshi’s final message also adds a sense of passage:

“I had a few other things on my mind (as always). […] I’ve moved on to other things. It’s in good hands with Gavin and everyone.”

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'I’ve moved on to other things' — Satoshi Nakamoto's final email revisited after 13 years

Several people have been suggested as the possible creators of cryptocurrency, with one of the most debated being Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist. In 2016, Wright made headlines by declaring himself to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin. However, Wright’s claim was met with skepticism and he faced legal action from the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) in the U.K. Last March, a judge ruled that Wright did not indeed create Bitcoin.

In October 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the public through the release of the Bitcoin white paper. This document was shared among a cryptography-focused email list. The blueprint described how a decentralized network could facilitate digital transactions without requiring trust or intermediaries. Satoshi remained involved in Bitcoin’s development until 2010, at which point they transferred control to other developers. Today, Bitcoin holds an impressive market value of approximately $1.3 trillion.

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2024-04-24 00:00