There is mounting evidence that we have not only been visited by aliens, but that they have purposefully gifted us technology. This article posits that blockchain is the latest of these technologies to have been handed down from otherworldly benefactors in what is potentially the first alien intervention conducted over the internet.
Aliens visiting the planet Earth are likely post-biological, making it awkward for them to interact with us in the physical world, however, now that the internet has matured, it’s creates a new medium for such interactions.
The most compelling reason to theorize the Bitcoin whitepaper was a gift from a more advanced civilization is that the author currently holds the keys to a fortune of over one million bitcoin, but has never made any attempt to sell any of it, or move it in any way. This author’s identity is the most valuable secret in history, with about $40 billion at stake.
How did Satoshi give us blockchain technology?
The most obvious implementation for a technology which provides information without the need for trust would be money. Currently, money across humanity is a mess. Hard assets like gold aren’t easy to transact with in a modern economy, and government issued notes are created with impunity, consistently eroding wealth for everyone holding them. Birthing blockchain technology through the guise of money is the perfect way to get humankind to adapt and iteratively build on it so it can be used for practical applications.
The concept of digital money through cryptography started 26 years before Satoshi appeared. In 1982 David Chaum laid the mathematical groundwork which blockchain, as a means of transacting, was built upon with Blind Signature Technology. He even went on to form DigiCash, which made untraceable payments possible by leveraging this technology. The major technological limitation was that it still required a trusted party in order for payments to be processed without the possibility of double-spending.
Improvements were made along the way by adding merkle trees and smart contracts but it wasn’t until October 31st, 2008 when the whitepaper circulated the cypherpunk mailing list detailing how to solve the need for a trusted third party to prohibit double spending through “timestamp[ing] transactions by hashing them into an ongoing chain of hash-based proof-of-work”
This leap is what started a network which gained hundreds of billions of dollars in value in the preceding decade, and each second, this network produces ten of these cryptographic hashes for every grain of sand on Earth, making it the most powerful computer network several times over. This power ensures that the information is accurate, and eliminates the need for trust. This is the latest in a series of giants leap for humankind.
Satoshi could not wait to exit the picture, and he did so without a trace. It’s as if he wanted to give humanity a little nudge in the right direction and then let us figure it out on our own. Satoshi was heavily involved in the first phases of Bitcoin’s development after the whitepaper was released, but it seems as if he did not want to be. It was Hal Finney who replied that he would like to see a working protocol of Bitcoin in order to believe it worked. Satoshi reluctantly wrote the first version of the software, which analysts say looks like it was written by a developer who was smart but did not learn how to code through traditional means, in fact, almost none of the original code that Satoshi wrote exists in the codebase today. Without Hal Finney’s suggestion of this first protocol, it’s likely that the project would have stopped there and became lost to history.
One theory is that a post-biological civilization continuously scanned the internet and essentially waited until we had the technology that could be used as the building blocks which blockchain could be built upon (cryptographic hashing, merkle trees, Blind Signature Technology) and a decentralized group interested in such a technology with the means to build it themselves (cypherpunk mailing list) – this civilization then created a persona in Satoshi which simply joined the mailing list in an anonymous way, and connected the dots for them with this whitepaper so that they could build it themselves.
When Hal Finney suggested that Satoshi coded the first version, that same AI put together a crude version using untraditional coding methods, and when it looked like humankind could figure out the rest on it’s own, Satoshi vanished without a trace.
What benefit does blockchain offer humankind?
As of this article’s writing, the Bitcoin network is so powerful that in the time it takes you to read this sentence, it will have produced 50 hashes for every grain of sand on Earth. Unfortunately, because the Bitcoin network does not support smart contracts, that’s pretty much all it does, and it comes at a tremendous cost to the environment. The Bitcoin network used more electricity than the entire country of Iceland last year, and it’s hashrate has been on a nonstop tear upwards since it’s inception.
The practice of using smart contracts, which can put this tremendous amount of computing power to use on solving real world problems, is maturing. Satoshi has effectively given humanity a powerful distributed computer system that can be used for almost anything, and in time can solve some of our biggest problems.
Why would more advanced beings give us blockchain technology?
It seems that throughout history we’ve been subject to rapid advances in short periods of time which have benefited us greatly. Starting with learning how to use fire to stay warm and cook meat, it becomes tempting to theorize that a more advanced civilization is helping us along in solving important problems that present themselves as our civilization matures, such as critical thinking, clean energy, freedom of information and making sure we don’t blow ourselves up through war.
The fact that human brain sizes have doubled over the past three million years, making critical thinking possible, has led some to theorize that this was the product of intervention, rather than evolution.
Radioactivity, which was discovered seemingly by accident, is our best energy solution with regard to preserving our planet in the face of climate change.
Blockchain, in it’s current form, was theorized and first implemented by a personality which seemingly only existed on the internet for a short period of time, and is now humankind’s only method of sharing information in a transparent way without the need for trust. In our current information age, freedom of information is as important to humankind as energy and the ability to think critically.
What evidence exists of technology that has been given to humankind?
Long before Satoshi Nakamoto appeared and solved the Byzantine General Problem, allowing humankind to trustlessly transact with eachother, we’ve been finding evidence of technology that has been used on Earth that we simply don’t understand, and cannot replicate even with modern tools. Since these technologies were used long before the information age, we are all but powerless to learn how they came to be, and how they were used.
While scholars theorize that the interlocking stones of Inca architecture were constructed by vast amounts of laborers sanding down (or even pounding) stones so that they could fit perfectly together, they admit that this would have taken an extraordinary amount of manpower.
Using modern technology we couldn’t replicate what they have done thousands of years ago. There are theorists that posit this was done through technology that is now lost.
Some of the best swords in history were constructed using Damascus steel, done through a process which is now lost to history. In modern times, swords may not seem very powerful, but before the invention of gunpowder, military might was measured by the strength of swords and size of an army who could wield them.
According to historians, there are many different takes on how we first ‘discovered’ fire, which is regarded by Darwin as the greatest discovery made by humanity. One account that has raised eyebrows with ancient alien theorists is the story of Prometheus stealing fire from Zeus, and giving it to humankind. Ancient alien theorists believe that this is one of many accounts we find throughout history of possible alien interventions that ancient man simply didn’t have the knowledge to describe, and wrote off as fiction or religious events. If the discovery of fire was in fact the product of an alien intervention, it would show that these otherworldly benefactors have a vested interest in our positive development, quality of life and success.