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Key Words: Legendary sci-fi author says suggestion he invented bitcoin ‘flattering’ but untrue

Best-selling speculative-fiction author Neal Stephenson hopes no one really thinks that he could be pseudonymous bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto.

‘It’s flattering that anyone imagines I’ve got the mathematical know-how needed to make something like blockchain. But if you look at how the system works, it requires a very high degree of cryptographic knowledge and coding skill that is beyond my abilities, certainly. And I definitely do not have the lifestyle of a person who has that much money.’

Neal Stephenson

The question came up in an episode posted Wednesday of the Conversations with Tyler podcast hosted by economist Tyler Cowen.

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