Bitcoin white paper was published 14 years ago
On October 31th, 2008, someone (or somemany) under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto published an article titled: “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”
I believe that day is an inflection point in human history.
Some people tend to wrongly assume Satoshi invented the whole thing. That's wrong. He/She/They drew from pre-existing ideas, you don't have to re-invent the wheel, you just need to draw from legendary wheels*.
Before Bitcoin, I considered the Linux Kernel the most beautiful, complex and relevant piece of code ever written—a good chunk of our information infrastructure relies on it.
Today, I've changed my mind. The Linux Kernel second, and Bitcoin first.
That's a bold statement, but it is only my opinion, I am no one, really.
I'm not sure if Bitcoin itself will survive. Similarly, UNIX did not survive long enough and never reached mass adoption, but Linux did. And Linux
is was, basically, a re-implementation of the UNIX specification and its design philosophy.
For some reason, today, I woke up thinking about Bitcoin. Coincidentally and inexplicably (or not?), Satoshi published the white paper exactly fourteen years ago.
* This line was taken from a Sponge's episode.