Satoshi Nakamoto may have disappeared over 12 years ago, but two artificial Intelligence enthusiasts, Pierre Corbin and Hugo Ferrer, have created a means to chat with the famed Bitcoin creator. They have released “Talk2Satoshi”, an AI chatbot designed to answer questions about Bitcoin and economics as if they came from Nakamoto. Talk2Satoshi is based on OpenAI’s ChatGPT trained on a limited dataset, including Nakamoto’s public emails, forum posts, and a few Bitcoin-related sources.
While testing, the chatbot generates answers that are generally uncertain about the future of fiat currencies and hopeful about Bitcoin, but can provide conflicting responses depending on the question’s context. For instance, when asked a variation of “What is the future of Bitcoin?”, it generated both “promising” and “uncertain” as separate responses.
The model is not trained on recent Bitcoin developments like the Ordinals protocol or BRC-20 tokens and often generates a response stating it cannot provide an opinion on such topics. However, depending on the question, it can generate contradicting answers on Ordinals and BRC-20 tokens. The chatbot seems to be critical of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and other Bitcoin forks in general, stating that it’s challenging for alternative chains to gain momentum.
Corbin hopes that the bot will demonstrate the potential use of AI tools in education. The model can produce competent answers when questioned on Bitcoin’s functionality and mining process and can explain aspects of the network, such as satoshis. Similar to the real-life Nakamoto, the bot remains shy about revealing its true identity and typically responds, “My real name is not important. What is important is the decentralization of power that Bitcoin represents and the potential it has to revolutionize financial systems.”
While the AI chatbot can have a positive impact on knowledge sharing, its uncertainties and potential contradictions may pose as both a benefit and detriment. By presenting multiple perspectives, it can encourage healthy discussions and research among crypto enthusiasts. However, those seeking definite answers may find it frustrating to get seemingly conflicting information derived from an AI trained on Nakamoto’s thoughts.