Hal Finney

Since Bitcoin’s invention, it has disrupted many industries and shifted the way our world works. Bitcoin has only been in existence for a good ten years.

About a week ago, I wrote a post about the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin’s mysterious founder.
Will Satoshi Nakmoto be revealed?

@rpgbuilders Hal Finney video

Patrick @rpgbuilders gave me a really good response which I think deserves a shout out.

I think this video is a great look at the late Hal Finney, who was the only believer in Satoshi’s project. Patrick knows more than me as I only read about Hal Finney last year from Digital Gold which was written by by Nathaniel Popper published in 2015.

More on Digital Gold here


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Sadly, he was diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which was similar to what Stephen Hawking suffered. This disease destroys motor neurons that help send nerve impulses to your muscle tissue to have it move. Without motor neurons is like having a body without control of it. Your brain can’t send any signals back to the body anymore.

It’s really a pity that Hal passed away in 2014. Any answers to the true identity Bitcoin’s creator is now gone. Hal was one of the early cyberpunks who emailed Satoshi daily and was one of the earliest users of Bitcoins. I had missed the train for many years too. I would imagine if I had held that many Bitcoins ten years ago. To understand the true backbone of Bitcoin’s programming language, one would have to look deep into Hal’s works.


One of the most vital reads about his work are from the Nakomotoinstitute page, which I have provided links.

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One interesting read that I found in this page is titled Bitcoin and me

In addition, he writes about how he met Satoshi Nakamoto. He was the first to receive the first batch of Bitcoins which Satoshi sent to him for a test run to see if it worked at all. This part is also highlighted in Digital Gold. I read it everyday like reading diary pages of the events that took place from the day of it’s creation to being the Cryptocurrency it is today. Btw, Cryptocurrency still isn’t accepted by the dictionary and everytime I mention Cryptocurrency, there is a red line beneath it. If one day, the world accepts Cryptos as a medium of exchange, then would it still be called a Cryptocurrency? Will it still be cryptic and ambiguous at all?

It’s really great that he has written some articles and even published papers on the topic. I could imagine being him at that time when no one believed in Bitcoins and one man changed that by creating Silk Road. Imagine holding at that time useless coins that no one believed in to one day turn into gems.

In conclusion, I do think this is one of the most important events in history that has to be remembered. It changed the world just as Steve Job’s iPhone.

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