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November 09, 2015, 09:39:14 PM
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This could come off the world of weird but, here it is. Satoshi Nakamoto is nominated for a Nobel Prize in Economics. What do you think? Could this be the catalyst to reveal who's behind the Bitcoin revolution?

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The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences is, as with most Nobel prizes, quite a big deal. Past laureates are a who’s who of economics—and starting in 2016, that list could include the inventor of Bitcoin. Assuming, of course, someone works out who that is.

Satoshi Nakamoto is the widely recognized inventor of Bitcoin. They published a 2008 paper outlining the concept, and wrote the original software the underpins the internet’s most popular digital currency. But Satoshi Nakamoto is a pseudonym, and despite some intense on-and-offline digital snooping, no-one knows anything at all about Nakamoto.

That hasn’t stopped UCLA Professor of Finance Bhagwan Chowdhry from nominating Nakamoto for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics. In a Huffington Post article, Chowdhry explains his choice:

The invention of bitcoin — a digital currency — is nothing short of revolutionary...it offers many advantages over both physical and paper currencies. It is secure, relying on almost unbreakable cryptographic code, can be divided into millions of smaller sub-units, and can be transferred securely and nearly instantaneously from one person to any other person in the world with access to internet bypassing governments, central banks and financial intermediaries such as Visa, Mastercard, Paypal or commercial banks eliminating time delays and transactions costs.

http://gizmodo.com/the-unknown-inventor-of-bitcoin-nominated-for-the-nob-1741375309

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November 09, 2015, 09:45:56 PM
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I do not think that it is worth risking your life just to keep that Nobel prize at home (I'm sure that a lot of agents from agencies and banks would knock at his/her door). Someone has already said this: Even though this is a big deal, can someone tell me who won in 1998, 2001 and 2002? I doubt that more than a handful of people know many names (I certainly don't). Although it would be nice if satoshi does win, he/she doesn't have to reveal their identity.


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November 09, 2015, 10:01:59 PM
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Woah... after being talked on the forums, this actually went ahead. I'm truly and completely amazed. Not that the prize is undeserved, but who will receive it for starters? Cheesy If he kept hidden all this time, without spending the coins he supposedly owns, why would he appear for a "simple" Nobel Prize? I don't see any reasons to do so.

He probably wouldn't be able to escape people who want to delete him with the Bitcoin he owns and the fiat he would receive as a prize. Not worth it...
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November 09, 2015, 10:12:24 PM
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Woah... after being talked on the forums, this actually went ahead. I'm truly and completely amazed. Not that the prize is undeserved, but who will receive it for starters? Cheesy If he kept hidden all this time, without spending the coins he supposedly owns, why would he appear for a "simple" Nobel Prize? I don't see any reasons to do so.

He probably wouldn't be able to escape people who want to delete him with the Bitcoin he owns and the fiat he would receive as a prize. Not worth it...

The nobel prize is not about the fiat related to the prize. Ofcourse, it is a nice bonus, but getting the award is one of the biggest honors you can acheive in the world.

I don't think it would be worth it for him to reveal himself though. Too much risk imo.

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November 09, 2015, 10:25:20 PM
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Woah... after being talked on the forums, this actually went ahead. I'm truly and completely amazed. Not that the prize is undeserved, but who will receive it for starters? Cheesy If he kept hidden all this time, without spending the coins he supposedly owns, why would he appear for a "simple" Nobel Prize? I don't see any reasons to do so.

He probably wouldn't be able to escape people who want to delete him with the Bitcoin he owns and the fiat he would receive as a prize. Not worth it...

The nobel prize is not about the fiat related to the prize. Ofcourse, it is a nice bonus, but getting the award is one of the biggest honors you can acheive in the world.

I don't think it would be worth it for him to reveal himself though. Too much risk imo.
I would imagine that the award could be given posthumously to another person who would accept the award on his behalf and could deliver the acceptance speech for him. He could also use a telepresence robot with some way to anonymize the connection and his words to accept the award. Then, the award could be dropped off at some anonymous drop somewhere for Satoshi to pick it up. The award money could be sent to him via Bitcoin.

I think it would be possible to pull off without anyone finding out his real identity. It would just be very difficult to pull off.
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November 10, 2015, 04:40:01 AM
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I think satoshi should popup and accept Nobel prize, just keep the price to any known museum  and donate the prize money to any nonprofit organization
he deserve this prize, and should accept this anonymously it will add more value to bitcoin and let more people know about bitcoin

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November 10, 2015, 04:46:10 AM
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I think satoshi should popup and accept Nobel prize
How would we know it's really him and not an impostor?

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November 10, 2015, 05:04:51 AM
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I think satoshi should popup and accept Nobel prize
How would we know it's really him and not an impostor?

I agree with that. How do you prove hes "real" Satoshi especially if he is dead. Also what happens if Satoshi is group consists of a couple of people? Some maybe want to take it and some dont want to disclose their identity and risk their life.

Anyway, I dont think he/they will show up to take the Nobel if he/they deserve it.

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November 10, 2015, 05:34:54 AM
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November 10, 2015, 05:48:46 AM
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You might think Satoshi Nakamoto is a single person, I on the other hand think they are a group of people. The decision to reveal them would not happen, and I base my theory on the 1 000 000 coins that are unclaimed. Money and fame are not the driving force behind this group. They decided to take on the system and to give it back to the people. This makes them a target for a wide variety of agencies and countries around the world.

The Nobel prize and the fame and fortune, is not worth the risk. ^hmf^

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November 10, 2015, 05:53:18 AM
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I think satoshi should popup and accept Nobel prize
How would we know it's really him and not an impostor?

I agree with that. How do you prove hes "real" Satoshi especially if he is dead. Also what happens if Satoshi is group consists of a couple of people? Some maybe want to take it and some dont want to disclose their identity and risk their life.

Anyway, I dont think he/they will show up to take the Nobel if he/they deserve it.

I don't think we could ever be 100% sure it's him but I believe it should be possible to filter out 99.9% of impostors just by analyzing Satoshi's past interactions with the world along with other data about him that are known to be true. I highly doubt the real Satoshi will show up for the prize if ever it was awarded to him.
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November 10, 2015, 06:10:11 AM
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FWIW, I think that any single one of us here could be him (her/it). If I was in his shoes, I'd definitely want to closely monitor my invention. Also, I don't think that this has to do anything with money. Even now, if he decides to stay anonymous and spend his lifetime on a remote island surely he has the way and the means to do so and no one would've ever notice.

Being nominated for the Nobel prize though, is something that is more than "fame" or "money". I believe that this nomination legitimizes bitcoin as an innovative means of transaction. Remember the only publicity BTC had up until now from the mass media was about SR, MtGox fraud, allegedly Ponzi schemes etc.

As saturn643 said above, it certainly couldn't be him to receive the prize if he doesn't want to reveal his identity...

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November 10, 2015, 06:24:21 AM
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I think satoshi should popup and accept Nobel prize
How would we know it's really him and not an impostor?

I agree with that. How do you prove hes "real" Satoshi especially if he is dead. Also what happens if Satoshi is group consists of a couple of people? Some maybe want to take it and some dont want to disclose their identity and risk their life.

Anyway, I dont think he/they will show up to take the Nobel if he/they deserve it.


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November 10, 2015, 06:37:29 AM
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I think it would be good if Satoshi won the nobel prize as he/she deserves it. They developed a revolutionary currency that people around the world love. It would give people a chance to thank him. The only downside is that people would soon find out where he lived as they could just follow him, this would be annoying for him and he may not like that happening to him. If Satoshi does win, I wonder who will come to collect the prize. Who knows, it could be the real Satoshi or just a representative.
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