Former SpaceX intern has released new evidence to support his popular theory that Elon Musk is Satoshi
Former SpaceX intern Sahil Gupta continues to support his theory that centibillionaire Elon Musk is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin.
In a recent post on the popular Medium blogging site, Gupta says it’s now “almost certain” that Musk is behind Bitcoin. His conviction was reinforced by a phone call with Sam Teller, the entrepreneur’s former chief of staff, which he had in 2017.
After Gupta asked Teller if Musk was actually Satoshi, the latter gave an ambiguous response that made matters more confusing:
There was silence for 15 seconds. So Teller said, “Well what can I say? Not a paraphrase. Real words.
Gupta, who also briefly worked for Tesla in 2018, made headlines with his original post which went viral in 2017.
He speculated that Musk could have easily written the Bitcoin white paper due to his vast experience in cryptography and economics. The South African native was one of the co-founders of the payments giant PayPal.
Musk is proficient in the C ++ programming language, which Satoshi used to write the original version of the Bitcoin software.
In 2014, Satoshi made a brief comeback to the internet to debunk Newsweek’s infamous article about Japanese-American man Dorian S. Nakamoto being the creator of Bitcoin by simply stating that it wasn’t him. Musk tweeted about it just a week after it reappeared on the P2P Foundation website.
@ X4NWO Well now that Satoshi Nakamoto has been discovered I guess the case is closed … 🙂
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 14, 2014
The general public doesn’t need a lot of conviction. A survey in May showed that more than half of Australians believe Musk is Satoshi.
Musk denies having created Bitcoin
Musk denied inventing Bitcoin in a 2017 tweet in response to Gupta’s theory, but that hasn’t ended the speculation.
Not true. A friend sent me part of a BTC a few years ago, but I don’t know where it is.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2017
The biggest argument against this theory is that Musk is known as a proponent of sustainable energy, so he is likely to create a cryptocurrency that would consume a lot of electricity and produce a large carbon footprint.
In March, Tesla started accepting Bitcoin, but subsequently suspended payments in the largest cryptocurrency due to environmental concerns, resulting in a massive drop in prices.
The 50-year-old billionaire has also said on several occasions that he prefers Dogecoin, his favorite coin, to Bitcoin for payments.
Unless Musk is playing chess in 3D, it is unlikely that he created Bitcoin despite some convincing arguments in favor of the theory.