Person of the Year - à la Systola
As in previous years, Time magazine has chosen this December's "Person of the Year" - Pope Francis. The Guardian names Edward Snowden as Person of the Year, and we have also decided to have our own poll on this honorary title.
Systola @ 12.12.2013
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Every year the "Time" magazine elects its "Person of the Year". This December the choice fell on Pope Francis. While the 266th Pope is certainly a worthy citizen of the world, also being looked at with big expectations, the question remains, whether his short term is already sufficient to justify this high award? This is not something new for the "Time". If you look at the list of "Persons" of recent years, you could almost spot a system behind the procedure...

Quite different is the British "Guardian". The Guardian remains faithful to its journalistic line in reporting on the conflict between Julian Assange and the U.S. and nominates whistle-blower Edward Snowden, a former employee of an NSA-contractor as The Person of the Year.

While welcoming the decision of "The Guardian", we have also decided to have our own "Person of the Year" and nominate the following five candidates for the title:

Each of these candidates is worthy to be called The Person of the Year through their contribution to scientific, social or cultural life, but there is one candidate on the list we would like to draw your attention to: Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of the so-called crypto-currency Bitcoin.

Satoshi Nakamoto published his first scientific work on Bitcoin in 2008, and in 2009 he wrote the first version of the software to be used with the new currency.
Since February 2013, the Bitcoin exchange rate is rising rapidly and has taken the $1000-mark at the end of the year. While traders are trying to make a buck with rate fluctuations, governments of many countries ponder on the legality of Bitcoin and have come to a positive resolution in many cases.

Bitcoin is said to play a major role in the economic system of the future that is already on the rise. Many scientists say that Bitcoin opens a new chapter in the life of mankind, similar to how the Internet has changed our lives, and that the introduction and use of such currency will seriously shake the financial markets.

The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto remains in the dark, it is not even known whether it is a person or a group of people that are hiding behind this name. Based on the linguistic analysis of texts published by Satoshi Nakamoto, researchers managed to make some assumptions about his real identity at various times, but these studies have found no precise evidence so far.

Whoever Satoshi Nakamoto is - his contribution to the world economic system is enormous, and one can only imagine what impact Bitcoin will one day have on our daily lives.

Who would you choose as "Person of the Year"?