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Former SpaceX intern claims that Elon Musk is the founder of Bitcoin

Bitcoin source code was written by someone with a mastery of the C++ language, which Musk has.

  • Published: November 27, 2017 10:16 AM IST
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Bitcoins have been in the news lately for their soaring valuation. One Bitcoin is worth $9,000 (Rs 582,700 approximately) as we write. The value of this cryptocurrency has risen more than 12 percent in the past week to an all-time high. However, there’s something else about the Bitcoin that seems to be creating a buzz on Reddit forums. A former intern at SpaceX reckons that Bitcoins could have been founded by Elon Musk (founder-owner of SpaceX). This ex-intern, Sahil Gupta, claims in a blogpost that “Satoshi Nakamoto [the elusive figure who’s widely regarded as the founder of Bitcoin] is probably Elon Musk.”

Gupta, who’d interned at SpaceX in 2015, provided a few “oddball” observations that made him arrive at his theory. First, Bitcoin‘s source code was written by someone who is a master of C++ — a language Musk has heavily used in SpaceX. In fact, Musk had also written a paper on the Hyperloop back in 2013 that highlighted his deep understanding of the subject. “Experience aside, Elon is a self-taught polymath. He’s repeatedly innovated across fields by reading books on a subject and applying the knowledge,” states the former intern.

Bitcoin was founded in 2008, the year of the global financial crisis. Gupta believes that Musk’s keenness to solve large-scale problems would have motivated him to invent a currency that didn’t require any bank’s intervention. Additionally, the original Bitcoin paper that released the currency to the world has uses of casual phrases like “bloody hard” which is quite close to how Musk speaks. The blogger also points towards a rather intriguing tweet from Musk in which 2014.

Musk, of course, has publicly stated that he doesn’t own any Bitcoin. And Nakamoto, on the other hand, is said to be owning Bitcoins worth $8 billion — less than half of Musk’s net worth of $19.7 billion. But the critical role essayed by Musk at PayPal in the early 2000s in revolutionizing digital currency could have been a precursor to his involvement with Bitcoins. While this is conjecture, it wouldn’t cause the world any harm if the Father of Bitcoin turned out to be the father of several futuristic technologies.

  • Published Date: November 27, 2017 10:16 AM IST