By CCN: Taking a breather from making $1 million Bitcoin forecasts, it appears that John McAfee has a new narrative to pursue. Namely, the polarizing tech entrepreneur is aiming for the greatest mystery in all of Cryptocurrency, “Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?”
The shadowy BTC creator’s anonymity has created a thriving market for those people claiming to be the architect of that famous whitepaper. Now it appears that Craig Wright and the gang are going to be redundant shortly because McAfee is getting frustrated and wants the truth out in the open. A series of extraordinary tweets ensued from the original, so get some popcorn ready.
Does McAfee know who Satoshi is? The smart money is almost certainly on no, but as ever with John, his background, charisma, and following will still make this new narrative unmissable viewing. Evidently, some people are concerned about his “outing” of Satoshi but, at this stage, we don’t have any proof or evidence to support that Mr. McAfee knows anything. I take that back, another tweet.
Conspiracy theories are so powerful because they are typically an exciting story electrified with uncertainty and speculation. The Bitcoin origin story is on another level because we have a project of staggering success for which no-one can officially take credit.
For me, the story centers around Nakamoto’s wallet. While the hundreds of thousands of BTC coins remain there untouched and unmoving, this storyline is on ice. If and when we see some action in the wallet, then this would be the most definite way for the founder to communicate with the community. The fact this hasn’t happened yet is fascinating. Is it fear or restraint? Maybe they no longer have access or are even dead. Alternatively, as a giant holder of Bitcoin could it be an attempt to restrict supply in some way?
What we do know is that John McAfee can leverage this uncertainty for tremendous attention ahead of his likely presidential run. Let’s enjoy a flight of fancy and assume he does know what’s going on. These tweets are going to have to go somewhere. McAfee has set the countdown here and has narrowed it down to Satoshi Nakamoto’s country of residence.
Sadly, there is an evident back-door exit for J Mac in all of this. He can merely state that he’s changed his mind and it would be too dangerous or damaging to reveal Bitcoin’s founder. That would be boring but is what we all must expect at the end of this. What we have learned is that it’s not worth contacting Mr. McAfee and pretending to be Satoshi because he can sniff you out from a mile away.
True or not, it’s going to be very entertaining to watch this play out. I hope it turns out to be an Alien AI. A regular old homo sapiens would be such a let-down.
Last modified (UTC): April 18, 2019 12:19