Over 12 years ago, Satoshi Nakamoto seemingly vanished, leaving many intrigued. However, two enthusiasts in the field of artificial intelligence are now attempting to bring back the opportunity to engage in conversations with the renowned Bitcoin creator.
Recently, on May 31, Pierre Corbin, co-organizer of the Bitcoin FilmFest, and Hugo Ferrer, a co-developer, introduced “Talk2Satoshi,” an AI chatbot designed to respond to inquiries about bitcoin and economics as if they were posed to Nakamoto himself.
The essence of the model revolves around OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which underwent training using a restricted data collection consisting of Nakamoto’s publicly available emails and forum contributions.
In addition, it incorporates insights from various sources, such as Saifedean Ammous‘ book The Bitcoin Standard, Jeff Booth’s book The Price of Tomorrow, and Pierre Corbin’s film “The Great Reset and the Rise of Bitcoin.” Furthermore, the system is expected to incorporate additional sources in the future.
During testing, the chatbot tends to generate responses that express uncertainty regarding the future of fiat currencies while showcasing a sense of optimism towards bitcoin. However, it is important to note that the chatbot’s answers may vary and sometimes present conflicting viewpoints depending on the specific prompts it receives.
As an illustration, when presented with different variations of the question “How do you see the future of bitcoin?”, the chatbot once asserted that it was “promising” and another time expressed a sense of “uncertainty.”
The model lacks training on recent Bitcoin advancements like the Ordinals protocol or BRC-20 tokens, and thus frequently responds by stating its inability to provide an opinion on these subjects.
However, depending on the specific question posed, it can generate contradictory responses concerning Ordinals and BRC-20 tokens. For instance, when asked about Ordinals, one response suggested that Bitcoin is not intended for storing or transmitting images or other data types, while another response acknowledged Ordinals as a captivating and innovative use of cryptography.
Corbin explains that the aim of the chatbot is to demonstrate the potential use of AI tools in the field of education.
The model exhibits the ability to produce proficient responses when queried about technical aspects of Bitcoin, including inquiries about its functioning, the process of mining, and explains various aspects of the network the same way Satoshi did.
Just like the real Satoshi, the AI bot refrains from revealing its identity, saying “it does not matter”:
My real name is not important. There have been claims that my name is Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, but I have not confirmed or denied this. It is possible that someone compromised my account and made those posts.
What is important is my vision for Bitcoin, meant to create a new form of money that would be independent of governments and banks. I wrote the Bitcoin white paper in 2008 and published it on the Cryptography Mailing List, where I discussed the technical details of my proposal. I also participated in online forums such as the BitcoinTalk forum, where I answered questions and provided guidance to early adopters of Bitcoin.