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. Smart contracts are a major feature of several cryptocurrencies  and the E programming language.
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.
- ↑ Morris, David Z.. Bitcoin is not just a digital currency. It’s Napster for finance.. Fortune Magazine. Retrieved on 6 March 2014.
- ↑ Szabo, Nick. Formalizing and Securing Relationships on Public Networks. First Monday. Retrieved on 6 March 2014.
- ↑ Swanson, Tim. Smart Property, Colored Coins and Mastercoin. Coindesk. Retrieved on 6 March 2014.
- ↑ Ethereum: A Next-Generation Generalized Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform. Retrieved on 6 March 2014.
- ↑ Counterparty:A distributed financial market. Retrieved on 6 March 2014.
- ↑ Smart Contracts in E. Retrieved on 6 March 2014.
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- ↑ Shirky, Clay. Fame vs Fortune: Micropayments and Free Content. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
- ↑ McCloud, Scott. Misunderstanding Micropayments. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
- ↑ Szabo, Nick. Micropayments and Mental Transaction Costs. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
- ↑ Szabo, Nick. The Mental Accounting Barrier to Micropayments. Retrieved on 10 December 2013.
- ↑ http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/05/who-is-the-real-satoshi-nakamoto-one-researcher-may-have-found-the-answer/
- ↑ http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/527078/20131203/satoshi-nakamoto-nick-szabo-bitcoin-creator-revealed.htm
- ↑ Szabo, Nick. Macroscale Replicator. Archived from the original on 2006-03-07. Retrieved on 2007-03-07.