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The Polymath of the 21st Century

by Brad Bamford 2 months ago in bitcoin

The cryptocurrency that changed the world

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31 October 2022:

As many of you will be aware, I am currently inhabited on Lunar StationX pursuing sustained, long-term life away from Earth and undergoing various preliminary trials, tests and experiments for interplanetary travel. Although we are still well and truly in the development stages, things are looking incredibly promising and we have much to share with you. However this is not why I am writing today...

Fourteen years earlier.

It's 2008. Barak Obama wins the United States Presidential Election. Iron Man hits the cinemas. Britney makes a comeback. Beijing hosts the Olympic games. Breaking Bad airs its first season. And the entire world enters a global economic downturn that devastates the financial markets to their core.

Some saw it coming. If you don't believe that, go and look at Adam McKay's film from 2015. You could call them the proactive ones. But of course most didn't see it coming. Most suffered from the consequences and shortcomings of banks, financial institutions and regular currencies.

Throughout all of this, there was a enigmatic, yet successful man who, with his deep and advanced understanding of economics and complex cryptography, combined with a general lack of trust and confidence in the banks, developed a cryptocurrency that would change the world.

I am writing because today marks exactly fourteen years since a paper titled 'Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System' was released into public domain. The author, Satoshi Nakamoto, wrote this guide for anyone attempting to study or understand how Bitcoin works. You may have never heard of this paper, you may have begun to read it and lost interest halfway through - but that isn't important.

At a time where the world was in economic ruin, when public trust was at such a low point, Bitcoin offered something free from any economic and political issues that were proven to affect traditional currencies. The blockchain that Bitcoin was built upon is decentralized, it is impossible to be governed or controlled by any single authority. It transformed the existing financial system and arguably created a new economic landscape.

But as I write this entry, fourteen years later, here on the Moon, also a new, albeit dissimilar landscape, it now seems the right moment to uncover and reveal myself to the world as the true identity behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.

Nikola Tesla once said, 'We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them. The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences.'

I have been thinking about this quote a lot whilst working here. I often look up and stare at Earth, I lose myself just watching it, seeing the entirety of humanity right there in front of my eyes. It is a strange feeling. Nikola Tesla was right. Humans do always become so indifferent to the things that life brings them. Whether it's experiences, sensations, or something more tangible. We crave them, attain them, before beginning the searching process over again. It's a constant cycle that's never-ending. But maybe that is how it is supposed to be. We are pioneers. We are discoverers. We evolve. This is what it means to be Human.

It is with this in mind, that I feel it necessary to bring total clarity to all the work that I was a part of whilst I was on Earth and leave no stone unturned. This is work of the past. Work from, what is to me, a bygone place. I now have work to do in a completely new habitat. We must let go of yesterday, and work on the wonders of tomorrow.

Satoshi Nakamoto

Elon.

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