Walter Isaacson asks Elon Musk about Bitcoin — Link
Update: Elon says he’s not Satoshi.
Ready for 3 oddball ideas?
Is Elon capable of inventing Bitcoin? Probably.
Would he have wanted to create it? Probably.
Does the original Bitcoin paper sound like Elon? Somewhat.
Would Elon have stayed anonymous for 10 years? Probably, on principle.
Did Elon reveal his identity in 2014 with this tweet? Maybe.
Can Elon not own any bitcoin and still be Satoshi? Yes.
Could Satoshi be a group of people led by Elon? Probably not.
Would Elon choose a pseudonym that’s an anagram for “So a man took a shit?” Of course.
Elon identifies the most urgent problems of our time and dedicates his time to solving them: sustainable energy, multiplanetary life, AI safety. The sum total of his actions have seriously increased the chance that the future will be good for more people.
Ben Franklin, likewise, “did what needed to be done, at the time it needed to be done.” He was a polymath entrepreneur who also wrote public pamphlets for the general good, e.g. “A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper-Currency.”
And Franklin’s pseudonym of choice? “Silence Dogood.”
Franklin and Musk have a few other fun things in common. Both
Bitcoin has some problems. It had a major split in August and just avoided another this month. It takes at least 10 minutes to verify a transaction and its throughput is 5000 times less than that of credit cards.
If Elon is Satoshi, it seems like this knowledge would become public at some point anyway. But if it were public now, Elon could offer guidance as the currency’s “founding father.” (Vitalik Buterin plays this role for Ethereum.) Elon could coordinate changes in the block size and the lightning network and thus make bitcoin useful for more people.
Elon – if you are Satoshi, thank you. If not, well, thanks for the Tesla Roadster.