RT @petersuderman: Neal Stephenson is not just a remarkably adept predictor of our technological future, he is science fiction's great cultural extrapolator, someone who sees not only what tools we'll invent, but how society will change and adapt around them:
They can say that, but it doesn't make any difference.
For example, wheels are popular BECAUSE THEY WORK, they are useful. We don't know who invented them.
Same for Bitcoin. It's useful, it works, it doesn't matter who invented it; it matters that they desire anonymity and we should respect that -- after all, they gave us Bitcoin, and we should be grateful.
I would be very surprised because he does not have a background as a software developer or in cryptography. Writing about technology subjects is a long way from being able to write cutting edge software.