Nick Szabo

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Template:Article for deletion/dated Template:Infobox scientist Nick Szabo is a computer scientist, writer, and former law school professor at George Washington University. He is known for his research in digital contracts and digital currency.

The phrase and concept of "smart contracts" was developed by Szabo with the goal of bringing what he calls the "highly evolved" practices of contract law and practice to the design of electronic commerce protocols between strangers on the Internet.[1][2] Smart contracts are a major feature of several cryptocurrencies [3][4][5] and the E programming language.[6]

Szabo influentially[7][8][9] argued that a minimum granularity of micropayments is set by mental transaction costs.[10][11]

Between about 1998 and 2005 Szabo developed a mechanism for a decentralized digital currency that he called "bit gold", which some have called a 'direct precursor to the Bitcoin architecture'. He is the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.[12][13]

In 1995, he proposed a challenge to build a macroscale replicator from Lego robot kits and similar basic parts.[14]

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