It’s been just over eight years since Satoshi Nakamoto first introduced the world to the peer-to-
peer electronic currency known as Bitcoin. At the time, its potential was only recognized by a
very small corner of the internet, particularly when you consider there were still significant
questions to answer regarding whether developing a decentralized currency system from
scratch was actually legal or not.
It took a few more years until Bitcoin began to be adopted by mainstream businesses. By the
end of 2012, there were approximately 1,000 merchants accepting Bitcoin through its payment
processing service, including a few household names such as WordPress and TigerDirect. Fast
forward to 2017 and the number of businesses now accepting the online currency for
transactions is continuing to snowball.
Bitcoin Wallpaper (2560x1600)" (Public Domain) by PerfectHue
From major fast food franchises to florist delivery services, there has never been a wider range
of industries accepting Bitcoin as a secure method of payment. There are even dedicated online
casinos and automatic participate lotteries that allow gamers to make quick deposits and
withdrawals using their Bitcoin wallet. Vegas Casino is a prime example, and their selection of
games even features a title in honor of the currency’s inventor – Satoshi’s Secret.
But despite the growing success and recognition of Bitcoin as an alternative payment system,
the true identity of the person(s) behind the currency remains a total mystery. So, what exactly
do we know about Satoshi Nakamoto?
A Modern-Day Bruce Wayne
"save our city"; (CC BY-SA 2.0) by brdonovan
The similarities between Satoshi Nakamoto and Bruce Wayne are quite interesting, to say the
least. Both characters maintain secret identities, both operate at the helm of multi-national
technology enterprises and both are using their power and influence for the progression of
modern society. That said, presumably only one of them dresses up as a giant bat during
Of course, there are multiple theories floating around on the web about who Nakamoto really is.
Some people are of the opinion that the pseudonym represents a group of creators, rather than
one sole person. Whatever you believe, the quest to find the man behind the mask has even
become a hot topic among the press, and was even featured in an article last year published by
the New Yorker.
But, when you think about it, is it even all that necessary to shine a spotlight on this person’s (or
people’s) real identity? Perhaps the greatest lesson we can learn from Nakamoto’s anonymity is
best explained by Bruce Wayne himself in Batman Begins:
“As a man, I’m flesh and blood. I can be ignored. I can be destroyed. But as a symbol – as a
symbol, I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.”
Bitcoin shares the same ethos, a symbol for a new dawn of currency and financial exchange.
For as long as Nakamoto’s identity stays under wraps and out of the public domain, Bitcoin
remains a force conceived by the people, for the people. At the end of the day, why would we
want to change that?