One of the last messages sent to software developer Mike Hearn was written by an enigmatic figure who only went by the name Satoshi Nakamoto on April 23, 2011, exactly twelve years ago. The note from the enigmatic creator of Bitcoin stated that he, she, or they had “moved on to other things” and assuredly stated that the project was in “good hands.”
Revealing Satoshi Nakamoto’s Final Messages
After Bitcoin’s invention and the technology’s early use, the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto disappeared from sight in December 2010. On December 12 of that year, the mysterious creator sent out a final message, stressing that more effort is needed to combat denial-of-service attacks (DoS). Later, Mike Hearn and Gavin Andresen were among the Bitcoin engineers with whom Nakamoto had correspondences.
On April 23, 2011, Hearn received an email from Nakamoto with the subject line “Holding coins in an unspendable state for a rolling time window,” asking if Nakamoto might rejoin the Bitcoin community.
Nakamoto expressed confidence that the Bitcoin project was in good hands with Gavin and the team, stating that he, she, or they had moved on to other things. Furthermore, Nakamoto showed hope for the progress of Bitcoin’s development and expressed positive sentiment towards Bitcoin, Mike Hearn’s Java implementation of the cryptocurrency, as it offered Java developers an opportunity to contribute to the project.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s Directive: ‘Make It About The Open-Source Project’
After a few days, an email was sent by Nakamoto to Andresen, in which the anonymous innovator expressed dissatisfaction with the negative depiction he received in the media. Nakamoto expressed in writing a preference that the focus is not on them being portrayed as a mysterious shadowy figures.
The final email from the creator of Bitcoin, in which Nakamoto voiced displeasure at the negative depiction in the media and recommended acknowledging Bitcoin’s development contributors, is commonly regarded as the last documented correspondence from the elusive inventor to anyone.
Newsweek’s article published on March 7, 2014, raised speculations about the identity of Bitcoin’s creator, as it claimed that the person behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto was a 64-year-old Japanese-American man named Dorian Nakamoto.
Nonetheless, a message that purported to be written by Nakamoto emerged on the online forum of the P2P Foundation, where it explicitly stated, “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.”
Subsequently, no additional messages have surfaced from the elusive Bitcoin creator. Nakamoto’s emails to Hearn and Andresen serve as a poignant reminder of the mysterious creator’s absence from public life for over a decade.