The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss decentralization in blockchain projects, the historical context of decentralized organizations, the robustness it conveys but also the difficulties it engenders. On today's podcast we apply concepts and stories from "The Spider and the Starfish: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations", a formational book on pre-blockchain decentralization written in the early 2000's, as the centralized US military struggled to effectively dispatch a much smaller decentralized force in Afghanistan. While the battlefield is different, the insight is perhaps even more relevant to the world of blockchain projects, their decentralized origins and ambitions. Later, we discuss the similarities between decentralized organizations and the Buddha's concept of self. Want more? Catch up on 7 years of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Credits for LTB#423 This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com and eToro.com. Original Photo by Ubaidhulla Adam on Unsplash This episode featured Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy, and Jonathan Mohan Music for today's episode was provided by Jared Rubens, and general fuzz, with editing by Jonas. Would you like to Sponsor a future episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show? Do you have any questions or comments? Email [email protected]
Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show enlisted CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen and early cypherpunk Zooko Wilcox for a conversation on the history, challenges and long term development path of early, formative technologies. which we often hear modern blockchain movements compared against. From the pre-internet days, through the free/open-source movement, Linux successes, and challenges on the desktop, the peer-to-peer movement, cypherpunks, Linux maximalism, fundamentalism as a concept as well as some brief excursions through some history and politics of the time... Later, we'll discuss how AI and lawyers have more in common than you'd think, and what kind of protections we may need as autonomous agents become ubiquitous. This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Brave.com, eToro.com, and Purse.io Original Photo by Museums Victoria on Unsplash. This episode featured CoinDesk Reporter Leigh Cuen and Zooko Wilcox. Music for today's episode was provided by Jared Rubens, and general fuzz, with editing by Jonas. Have any questions or comments? Email [email protected]
Hey folks, Adam B. Levine here with a brief update on LTB!. With 2020 dawning, we're coming up on year 8 of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show, and, frankly, we've done a lot of talking in that time. In the early days we did a lot of interviews, but with the commercialization of the space, then ICOs, and now a world where there are literally thousands of blockchain projects hoping to strike it rich, we quickly became uncomfortable as the original nerd-money with its idealists became the world of pitches and marketers. Without many interviews, as the years passed the show has become more inward-looking, as we explored our personal passions and perspectives. Perspective and personal context are arguably the thing I think is most important about what the show is, and what it's good at doing, and we'd like to build on that this year. So in 2020, we want to do something a little different, and add more perspectives to the show without adding more permanent hosts. We're looking for up to four listeners to join the Let's Talk Bitcoin! team as junior producers, you don't have to be a long-time listener to participate, all that's required of a good candidate is that you are knowledgable about the space, paying attention to events as they happen, and have an opinion, a perspective, on what it all means or might mean. Junior producers will be asked to write up and send in a monthly report of the most important, most under-appreciated, most misunderstood, or other such personal judgments about the world of crypto. You'll also be asked to join me on a monthly call to discuss your report, and make sure I understand your perspectives correctly. All told, for the right candidate, this work and follow-up meeting should take no longer than five hours per month. And this is a paid role. To apply, send an email to [email protected] Let's Talk Bitcoin! is back with new episodes next week, thanks for listening.
On Today's episode of let's talk bitcoin, we're listening to echoes of the past. In the midst of the biggest bubble yet, finding ourselves in the "then they laugh at you" phase, and with the china narrative rising for the first time as trade volumes overtook the rest of the world, I was joined by Stephanie Murphy and Andreas M. Antonopoulos in early 2014 for a conversation that is very different, yet somehow the same as we reacted in real time to all-time high prices of $220, But first, In the nearly seven years since we started talking Bitcoin, my favorite segment from my favorite writer is without question, the island of stone bitcoins by then-LTB managing editor George Ettinger. Bitingly funny and still one of the easiest ways to accurately explain how blockchains and tokens work without the need for technology at all, even if you know this story you'll learn a thing or two, at least I did. This episode is sponsored by Brave.com and eToro.com, and is distributed in partnership with CoinDesk.com
On todays show, we discuss the idea of true privacy on public, transparent blockchains and some of the ways it's working (or not) in Bitcoin or related projects right now. Selected shownotes: - Are transparent blockchains fundamentally incompatible with privacy? - The decreasing cost of passive surveillance - Mimble Wimble research Attack, Developer Rebuttal, and Alternative - Gossip Protocols and The Stasi Model - Skin in the game with Proof of Work - The moving target and the arms race - Obscuring origins and game theory security - Breaking links with lightning - Adversarial relationships are economic in nature - Attacks in theory vs. practice - Security through obscurity? - Researchers, cryptographers and state level actors - And more... This episode was sponsored by http://eToro.ltbshow.com and http://Brave.com/ltb Todays discussion featured Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine. This episode was edited by Jonas, and featured music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz. Any questions, comments or suggestions? Email [email protected] Thanks for listening!
On this week's episode…. The hosts are talking “Altcoins and Ancient History" with Early Bitcoin Developer and Litecoin Creator Charlie Lee Selected Topics: * Token Age and Network Effect * Testnet game theory * Founder Anonymity, then and now * Ad-hoc audits in the wake of MtGox's Collapse * Schnorr signatures, Tapscript and Taproot intentions at Litecoin * A "Coinbase mafia?" and more... Let’s Talk Bitcoin! is a long-running independent podcast on the ideas, people and projects powering the cryptocurrency narrative. On this show, we basically talk about everything other than the price. Since we started this conversation in early 2013, a whole world of blockchains and tokens has sprung up alongside bitcoin, and we talk about those too as real-world events help us see what’s real and what’s just clever marketing. Episode 419 Credits: Sponsors - Edge.app, Brave.com & eToro.com Guest - Charlie Lee (@SatoshiLite) Hosts - Adam B. Levine (http://ltbshow.com) - Andreas M. Antonopoulos (https://aantonop.com/) - Stephanie Murphy (https://www.stephaniemurphyvoice.com/) - Jonathan Mohan ( https://twitter.com/JonathanMohan) Producer - Adam B. Levine Editors - Jonas Music - Jared Rubens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jared-a-rubens-099349135) - General Fuzz (https://www.generalfuzz.net/)
Every Sunday, CoinDesk plays host to deep, nuanced discussions about complex issues with the cast of the Let’s Talk Bitcoin! show. On this week's episode…. Segment 1 “Long Bitcoin, Short the World? Trading the Panopticon for Magical Internet Money” CoinDesks’ Nolan hosts a fascinating Discussion with Eric Weinstein at Invest2019(https://www.coindesk.com/events/invest-2019) They talk about embedded growth obligations and the sociopathic companies they engender… ...and Tuur Demeester’s (https://twitter.com/TuurDemeester) Reformation of Bitcoin (https://docsend.com/view/ijd8qrs) Is everything fine, or are we already experiencing a low grade revolution? The big value of blockchains is that they replicate real world “It just works”, if imperfectly. Much more in this wide-ranging “fireside chat” Segment 2 “New Tools, Layers, and Tradeoffs for scaling Blockchains” In Segment 2, the hosts of Let’s Talk Bitcoin are joined by Ruben Somsen to dig into his proposal for blockchain agnostic “Statechains” A low-trust, low knowledge, high accessibility approach to side chains Pairing Statechains with Lightning Networks Ruben’s journey from podcasting enthusiast (https://www.unhashedpodcast.com/) to scaling innovator https://twitter.com/SomsenRuben/status/1145738783192600576 Let’s Talk Bitcoin! is a long-running independent podcast on the ideas, people and projects powering the cryptocurrency narrative. On this show, we basically talk about everything other than the price. Since we started this conversation in early 2013, a whole world of blockchains and tokens has sprung up alongside bitcoin, and we talk about those too as real-world events help us see what’s real and what’s just clever marketing. Episode 418 Credits: Sponsors - Edge.app, Brave.com & eToro.com Hosts - Adam B. Levine (http://ltbshow.com) - Andreas M. Antonopoulos (https://aantonop.com/) - Stephanie Murphy (https://www.stephaniemurphyvoice.com/) - Ruben Somsen ( https://twitter.com/somsenruben?lang=en) https://twitter.com/SomsenRuben/status/1145738783192600576) Special thanks to Invest2019, Nolan and Eric Weinstein Producer - Adam B. Levine Editors - Jonas - Adam B. Levine Music - Jared Rubens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jared-a-rubens-099349135) - General Fuzz (https://www.generalfuzz.net/)
In today's episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!, we’re jumping back into the deep end with a wide-ranging conversation about Mass Adoption, Cargo Cults, Synthetic Shorts and more.
LTB! editor-in-chief Adam B. Levine provides a brief update.
“It just keeps getting kicked up to the next level and at some point it'll be the dollar. That's the last thing that got us out of the last emergency and then people will finally realize they got nothing left.” Dr. Robert Murphy, LTB#416 On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin... Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan are joined by Dr. Robert Murphy for an in-depth conversation about reserve currency transitions, statistics, economics, and why things are the way they are. Selected Excerpts from this episode provided courtesy of @ProfessorMeo_w https://docs.google.com/document/d/1voVEgjrS3OeZHw1up1D3p5_evEUsmJ-5ITjTdZmygMs/edit Credits Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Today's episode featured Robert Murphy, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine, with music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz. This episode was sponsored by Edge.app Any questions or comments? Email [email protected] Image Credits: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Earth_Western_Hemisphere_transparent_background.png https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/03/Question_mark_grey.svg/585px-Question_mark_grey.svg.png
On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Adam B. Levine sits down with William K. Santiago to discuss Blockchains, Reserve Assets, Regional Central Banks and more. [iTunes](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lets-talk-bitcoin/id1463398832?uo=4) | [Google Podcasts](https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9iNDIxZmQ0L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz) | [Breaker](https://www.breaker.audio/lets-talk-bitcoin) | [PocketCasts](https://pca.st/DU8V) | [Podbean](https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/sjaeb-91e5b/Let%27s-Talk-Bitcoin%21-Podcast) | [RadioPublic](https://radiopublic.com/lets-talk-bitcoin-8jOrdv) --- Credits Image by David Mark from Pixabay Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Today's episode featured William K. Santiago and Adam B. Levine, with music by Jared Rubens. This episode was too short for me to want to add sponsor time, but a big thanks to Purse.io and Edge.app for generally sponsoring the show. Any questions or comments? Email [email protected] Tune in next week for our conversation about reserve currency transitions with a special guest.
On Today's Episode, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine are back with part two of our recent live show recorded at BTC2019 in front of a live studio audience. This time, we've got nearly an hour of audience Q&A. Enjoy the show! This episode was sponsored by http://edge.app Selected Excerpts from this episode provided by senior listener ProfessorMeo_W(https://twitter.com/ProfessorMeo_w) Stephanie Murphy: “Do you think Bitcoin will be able to shift from block rewards to transaction fees to maintain security as the block reward approaches zero?” Andreas M. Antonopoulos: “This is one of the fundamental misunderstandings and dynamics of mining for most people, which is the idea that something suddenly happens sometime at an undescribed future, either at the next halving or in 2141. The truth is on a daily basis, every single miner in the industry looks at six or seven different factors: the efficiency of their mining equipment, the price of electricity in their local fiat, the cost of their operation system, the current price of Bitcoin in fiat, the reward that's available as a block subsidy, the average amount of fees they can get, and the relative proportion of hashing power. They decide based on all of these factors. Do I leave this specific machine on at its current efficiency, or do I turn it off, or do I point it to another coin? That happens every single day. Every single day that decision continues, it’s rebalancing all of these dynamic factors. So the shift between block subsidy and fees happened every single day since January 3rd 2009 and it continues to happen today. Sometimes, the capacity of the blockchain, the number of transactions that are in there, the value of the fees mean that it really attracts miners because there's a lot of fees to take. Other times, the fees decrease, the number of transactions decreases, so they're now more reliant on block subsidy and then it swings back and forth and back and forth. It's gonna oscillate in that way all the way to 2141. Stephanie Murphy: “What does everybody's view on Rootstock (RSK)?” Andreas M. Antonopoulos: I don't think Rootstock is putting smart contracts on Bitcoin. Rootstock is allowing you to use Bitcoin to pay for smart contracts on the Rootstock Drivechain, which you could theoretically do by shifting money into Ethereum. In fact, recently I saw someone who had built a gateway that allowed you to make a Lightning payment that terminated in an Ethereum contract. So there's many ways to bridge different blockchains together. Quite honestly, I don't think we should be doing smart contracts on Bitcoin. Bitcoin doesn't do smart contracts, and it doesn't do smart contracts because it does security. That's not a trade off I think is worth doing. It's much better to leave that to a chain that has a much more experimental culture and can take bigger risks. As to whether we can do smart contracts, that's not a binary question; it's a question of value. So can we do smart contracts that can keep $1,000,000 secure? Yes. $10,000,000? Maybe. $100,000,000? No, the DAO proved that. How about now? DAI is doing more, so maybe yes. So it's basically a moving front. As the the maturity of the smart contract ecosystem expands, we can do bigger and bigger stakes (no pun intended) within the smart contract ecosystem. Every now and then there's gonna be a fairly catastrophic failure that's gonna cause a regression in the amounts of money that's put in them. But essentially it's growing. We're proving this every day, and it's the same thing with Bitcoin. The way you measure security in a smart contract or you measure security in a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is how secure is Bitcoin? X billion dollars. That's the stake that is sitting on it right now, unhacked so far.
Subscribe to the LTB Show Only Feed @ http://ltbshow.com We'll meet Jason, Chris, and Nicholas, all relatively new bitcoin users for a look at the value proposition and paths in for more recent converts. After the break, Edge.app's Paul Puey and I sit down to discuss what's changed with time in Cryptocurrency, what we've learned or at least think we have... --- This episode is sponsored by [www.purse.io](https://purse.io) ##Credits Original Album Art: https://pixabay.com/photos/iceberg-ice-cold-sea-winter-sky-4089866/ Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! This episode was sponsored by Purse.io, and featured Nicholas, Jason, Chris, Paul and Adam. Special thanks to the Blockchain Training Conference for putting on such a great event. This episode featured music by Jared Rubens, General Fuzz and Gurty Beats. Today's show was produced by Krystal and edited by Adam. Incidentally, are you a reliable, capable audio editor? I'm looking to expand the team I work with on Let's Talk Bitcoin! and would love to hear from you at [email protected]
On today's episode we're jumping into a mostly un-edited live show, which we recorded live, on-stage in Aurora Colorado during the Blockchain Training Conference a few weeks ago... Big thanks for Purse.io for sponsoring today's episode of the show. After the break, we go boldly towards a conversation about the intersection, if there is one, of cryptocurrency and star trek money with an on-stage conversation between Jonathan Mohan and Davi Barker, moderated by Stephanie Murphy.
Hey folks, we recently returned from the Blockchain Training Conference, where aside from teaching classes and doing a couple of live shows, we set up a Let's Talk Bitcoin! table, where I camped out for two of the three days and interviewed about a dozen people, some new to Cryptocurrency and some who have been around longer than I have. This episode is sponsored by www.edge.app Segment 1: Trixie - Newer User (http://www.trishatrixie.com/) Segment 2: Jameson Lopp - Long Time Bitcoin Developer - Casa CTO (https://keys.casa/) Segment 3: Darrin - Long Time Bitcoin Miner Segment 4: Davi Barker - Long Time Bitcoin User - Bitcoins Not Bombs & Pirates Without Borders (https://pirateswithoutborders.com/) Original Album Art: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Krzywy_Las_-_Nowe_Czarnowo_2.JPG Thanks for listening to this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! This episode was sponsored by Edge.app, and featured Adam, Trixie, Jameson Lopp, Darrin, and Davi Barker. This episode featured music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz. Today's show was produced by Krystal and edited by Steven. Incidentally, are you a reliable, capable audio editor? I'm looking to expand the team I work with on Let's Talk Bitcoin! and would love to hear from you.
Hey folks, Adam B. Levine here, just returned from the Blockchain Training Conference in Aurora Colorado. For the first time since spring of last year, the other hosts and I found ourselves face to face for three days of classes, shows and interviews which we'll be sharing with you over the month of September as segments on the LTB show or as bonus content on the new, free subscriber feed at www.LTBshow.com You can expect the flood to start with the release of next weeks episode, But today, I've just got a taste for you as I sit down live, and in-person with Jonathan Mohan to discuss our time.
This week Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan are joined by Vignesh for a more local perspective on the realities in India and the recently proposed Indian Cryptocurrency Ban. This is a follow-up episode to our India's Catch-22 segment from LTB#407 --- LTB #409 was sponsored by Purse.io and featured Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Vignesh and Adam B. Levine. Music for this episode was provided by Jared Rubens, and general fuzz. This episode was edited by Steven Aram. Any questions or comments? email [email protected]
On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Join Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy & Jonathan Mohan for a discussion on China, and recent signs of official sentiments thawing towards Bitcoin. We talk incentives, possible end-games and an innovative 72 hour coffee solution. This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Edge.app Content for LTB#408 was provided by Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Adam B. Levine. This episode was edited by Steven and featured music by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz Any questions or comments? email [email protected]
On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin... Join Adam B. Levine, Andreas Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy and Jonathan Mohan for a first-look at a particularly draconian law that's been proposed in India. Later, HRF.org director Alex Gladstein joins Adam B. Levine for the latest in the Global Voices series. This week we're talking practical applications in Venezuela with returning guest Alejandro Machado. Thanks to Purse.io for sponsoring this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! Join the Let's Talk Bitcoin! team for a live recording at the Blockchain Training conference (https://blockchaintraining.org) --- This episode was sponsored by Purse.io and BlockchainTraining.org Music for this episode was provided by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz, with editing by Steven. Any questions or comments? Email [email protected] Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alyssablack/12185839253/
*"If ever those two facts diverge, where the agreement is still that it's a reserve currency but the market truth is that it's no longer a good HODL currency... If those diverge... it doesn't matter if you keep calling it a reserve currency, people aren't willing to HODL it. - Andreas Antonopoulos - LTB E406 ##On Today's Episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!... One of the early stories we discussed, at great length, was the sort of long-term play that Bitcoin and related technologies are making as unstoppable competition for global, regional and national currencies. On today's episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin!, we'll join Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, and Jonathan Mohan for an in-depth discussion on Hyperinflation, Reserve Currencies, Incentives, Bitcoin, and more...