Cardano Founder Charles Hoskinson Goes Toe-to-toe With Craig “Faketoshi” Wright
Charles Hoskinson, the founder of Cardano, recently attended a panel with the controversial Craig Wright, and was not happy about it.
At the Transform Africa Summit 2018, Charles Hoskinson—CEO of IOHK, the company behind Cardano—had a minor skirmish with Craig Wright, a man who claims he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.
After the panel finished, Hoskinson tweeted to confirm that Wright was seated with him, calling him “Faketoshi.”
Further, in the thread, another Twitter user doubted that Hoskinson confronted Wright directly, to which he replied, “Yes I did. And it’s on video.”
So far, no footage of the event has appeared, but the conference organizers have not yet finished uploading all of the videos at the time we cover this.
Craig Wright was first suspected to be Satoshi Nakamoto by Wired Magazine during an investigation that they published in 2015. Since then, he’s been invited to events related to cryptocurrencies as the CTO of nChain—a blockchain research company.
This isn’t the first event where Craig Wright’s inclusion sparked controversy. At the beginning of April, he was lambasted by Vitalik Buterin himself at a DECONOMY 2018 panel where he made a presentation about the Lightning Network.
During a Q&A, Vitalik Buterin pointed at Craig Wright, asking, “Given that he made so many non-sequiturs in this case, why is this fraud allowed to speak at this conference?”
Immediately afterward, Joseph Poon, one of the people behind the Lightning Network, said, “I wrote the lightning network paper, and I straight up don’t understand a word of your presentation,” making the implication that Wright is speaking nonsense about something he isn’t qualified to discuss.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Wright was caught red-handed doing something untoward. A few days after the incident with Vitalik Buterin, he was embroiled in a scandal in which he allegedly plagiarized a mathematical proof for mining.
The paper has since disappeared, and Wright defended himself by saying that it was still a draft that lacked proper citations.
Whatever the case may be, the man who claims ownership of the Satoshi Nakamoto moniker fails to get much love from other developers in the cryptocurrency space.