29 Aug '14, 3am

Bitcoin’s Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body To See The Future

Bitcoin’s Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body To See The Future

Hal Finney and his wife, Fran, photographed in 2013. Max S. Gerber Some bitcoin enthusiasts have used their cryptocurrency to travel around the world . Others have spent it on a trip to space . But the very earliest user of bitcoin (after its inventor Satoshi Nakamoto himself) has now spent his crypto coins on the most ambitious mission yet: to visit the future. Hal Finney, the renowned cryptographer, coder, and bitcoin pioneer, died Thursday morning at the age of 58 after five years battling ALS. He will be remembered for a remarkable career that included working as the number-two developer on the groundbreaking encryption software PGP in the early 1990s, creating one of the first “remailers” that presaged the anonymity software Tor, and—more than a decade later—becoming one of the first programmers to work on bitcoin’s open source code; in 2008, he received the very firs...

Full article: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/hal-finney/

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