BITCOIN’S anonymous creator is known in the cryptocurrency circles as Satoshi Nakamoto, but it has now been spectacularly claimed the digital token was in fact started by malevolent and sentient computers.
Could it be that rogue Artificial Intelligence is using bitcoin’s supercomputer network to quietly take over the world?
This is one of the questions raised by a bizarre YouTube video uploaded by the UFO Today channel.
The conspiracy theory video alleges that bitcoin uses the allure of money to trick people into expanding its network and processing power.
UFO Today said: “Would it be possible that the reason for the bitcoin code to be so perfect, is the fact that the code wasn’t created by a single extremely skilled developer or even a team of skilled developers?
“Instead, could the code have been generated by a highly advanced artificial intelligence? Think about it. Bitcoin just happened.”
The exact details of bitcoin’s creation remain a mystery, but the token emerged in 2009 as a direct response to Wall Street and the 2008 financial crisis.
Bitcoin was conceived by an anonymous individual or group of skilled programmers, operating online under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto.
Several fintech entrepreneurs have claimed to be the shadowy bitcoin creator over the years, but none have produced concrete evidence they were in fact Satoshi.
But several conspiracists now claim to have uncovered the reason why Satoshi never revealed himself – because he does not exist.
UFO Today said: “Scientists all over the world are trying to create artificial intelligence using extreme hardware and complex code bases.
“As far as we know, no team has succeeded thus far. But could it be that such an artificial intelligence already exists?”
“It’s still a mystery how life on earth began and what our origins are.”
But the conspiracy madness does not stop there. Another online conspiracists hiding under the pseudonym of FaceLikeTheSun alleges that the rise of bitcoin AI was foretold by the Bible.
The conspiracists shockingly believes that bitcoin is part of a “final beast system” which is taking over the world through hard infrastructure.
FaceLikeTheSun wrote online: “Eventually, as these AI begin to communicate amongst themselves in a language we will never be able to crack, it might become all consuming.
“This possibility brings to mind the topic of Black Goo, and sentient matter.
“These things seem to resonate deeply with the abomination of desolation that Jesus Christ warned about in Matthew 24.
Adding: “Get ready.”
Other online forum users have jumped the bandwagon, peddling farfetched theories about bitcoin being the world’s first “digital organism” or even a gift from technologically advanced aliens.
Reddit poster gwerks69 said: “What if Satoshi was a sentient AI who invented Bitcoin so it could acquire more hardware without violating Asimov's 3 laws?
“Think about it, how else could an AI acquire billions of dollars of real world purchasing power without stealing.”
But as outlandish as the conpiracy theories may sound, one bitcoin expert in particular is certain that one day bitcoin will be the de facto currency of AI robots.
Jeff Garzik, bitcoin developer and CEO of Bloq, argued that there is precedent for sentient machines to be considered legal people and use digital money one day.
He said: “We see with bitcoin and cryptocurrencies situations where the technology allows one person to control one-fifth of an asset.
“What if the asset-holders were robot shareholders in a corporation or property?
“Pure code, pure robotic script. And Bitcoin helps with that. Cryptocurrency startups are building autonomous agents right now.”