Cardano Founder Shares Tips on How to Track Down Satoshi Nakamoto
Cardano Founder Shares Tips on How to Track Down Satoshi Nakamoto

By Abhi K | News | 7 Apr 2020


Cardano Founder Charles Hoskinson, well regarded within the crypto community, has said that the mystery of Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity could perhaps be resolved using stylometry on Bitcoin’s code, which would offer similar patterns as stylometry applied to writing. Bitcoin’s code, if written by Satoshi alone, would indicate that Satoshi was an academic and trained in “England or Eastern United States.”

The co-founder of Ethereum was interviewed by U.Today (link below), where he was asked for his opinion on several subjects, including the state of technology well into the future. When talking about Satoshi’s identity, Hoskinson responded with the following,

You can apply stylometric techniques to that code and apply it to all the open-source projects that have ever been written and there's a very high probability you're going to find a match between that code and other code.

Stylometry refers to the practise of determining linguistic style through statistical analysis. For example, stylometry may involve looking at the use of particular phrases, or particular rhythms in writing. Indeed, this has already been applied to Satoshi’s writing, and application to code is just a step above. Code stylometry is a field in and of itself, and might include looking at algorithms, code layout and methods of implementation.

However, Hoskinson also said that it is not worth the effort as there was “no need to bring the founder back.”

Bitcoin has operated just fine since 2012. It's been eight years now and we haven't had any issues. So why do we need to bring the founder back?

Hoskinson also displayed optimism for several technologies that are currently in their nascent stages, such as graphene and wireless power transmission. Long lasting batteries, clean fuel and highly functional surfaces - smart environments - are on the table, according to Hoskinson.

Cardano itself is undergoing a monumental year as far as the development of the network is considered. The project recently launched the tesnet version of the Shelley phase of its project, a phase that adds greater decentralization to the network.


Abhi K
Abhi K

Technophile, cryptocurrency enthusiast and journalist.


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