Hey buddy! Everyone has already come to terms that Bitcoin was created by Satoshi Nakamoto, a mythical American of Japanese origin, who nobly poured thousands of Bitcoin into his wallets and went into seclusion, live on a wondrous island🏝 and paint oil paintings. I threw my mobile phone into the sea. 💵 ☎️
Noble, everything in the name of the global financial system.
Now to reality and cypherpunks.
Harold Tomas Finney II is a true cypherpunk, a genius who loves mathematics from school, passionate about encryption, taking first place in all local math Olympiads. Subsequently, he brilliantly graduated from the prestigious California Institute of Technology.
There, young Hal became interested in the ideas of libertarianism, it is this concept that underlies the values of the Bitcoin system: human freedom, freedom of choice, individual judgment.
Hal was involved in the development of computer games, although he never considered himself their creator, preferring to position himself as the developer of the main application profile in the Assembly language. 🤪
It was his conceptual solutions in the field of code and data security that served as the basis for the successful creation of PGP Corporation, later renamed Symantec. Oh, already something familiar! 🚀🔥
In the 90s, Finney met cypherpunks and created the first anonymous remailer. Later, fascinated by encryption and cryptography, he was puzzled by the problem of the loss of anonymity of users on the World Wide Web.
🔥Cypropanks is the collective name for the movement of cryptographers advocating the creation of digital money, anonymity, security and freedom within the Internet. Everything we love!
💎 Of the legendary cryptographers, this is David Chom, whose views greatly influenced Finney himself. This is Timothy May, the creator of the BlackNet two-way data exchange system, which uses a nongovernmental digital currency in the system. These are cryptographers John Gilmore and Eric Hughes. Timothy May, by the way, is the creator of the Crypto-Anarchist Manifesto.
This is where the fun begins.
In 2004, he developed the Reusable Proof of Work algorithm. Now this algorithm is the basis 🔥 of the Bitcoin network. So, what about Satoshi then? 🤷🏻♂️
Satoshi will show up later, write to Finny anonymously, and start sending him code samples that Hal will test for bugs and fix fundamental bugs.
They say that they lived in the same town, and there is a version that the first transactions on the Bitcoin network were made from closely spaced IP addresses. The first transaction was received by Finney from the mythical Satoshi Nakamoto. 🔥
Finney mined the first bitcoins on his computer in batches. 💵💵
However, he soon stopped doing this due to the increasing complexity and overheating of the equipment.
Hal Finney, unfortunately, did not have time to enjoy the world triumph, in 2010 he was diagnosed with progressive amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. And he left this world in 2014. 🙏 There were a few years left before the cryptocurrency boom.
In fact, all technological solutions in Bitcoin are Finney's handiwork.
Satoshi Nakamoto is a very beautiful legend. Everything is in the best American traditions. Create a hero.