Monkey Kings

Monkey King is mythological figure appears as a main character in the 16th century Chinese classical novel Journey to the West. The novel tells a story of a Tang dynasty Buddhist monk, Xuanzang, who traveled to the West to obtain Buddhist sacred texts under the protection of his four followers, and returned after many trials and much suffering. As one of the many of on-route challenges, a six-eared macaque disguised himself as the real Money King to fool Xuanzang. The tricky part is that the fake Monkey King appeared exactly the same as the real one.

Fortunately, in real world where magic is of scarcity, things with similar claims do appear very differently if one knows where to look. With the publication of the Bitcoin paper in late 2008 and its first implementation in early 2009, the promise of a new open and decentralized financial order has inspired many. All claimed to be faithful followers of Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision, different camps produce artifacts of dramatically different quality, which will only become more apparent as time goes by. While a person’s desire and agenda can be easily disguised, the traces left behind are much harder. And there is definitely a causation relation from the former to the latter.

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