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  • #283 Yaniv Tal: The Graph – A Marketplace for Web3 Data Indexes Based on GraphQL
    Epicenter
    01:13:33
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    4,053

    At the core of the Web 2.0 stack lies the REST API. It's the fiber which allows frontend applications to communicate with their backend counterparts, as well as the services on which they depend. But the API model is highly constrained and inflexible. The API is divorced from the data model, which creates a number of restrictions and inefficiencies. Most blockchain clients, including Geth, Parity and Bitcoin Core, use a JSON-RPC model which suffers from similar issues. Several Ethereum DApps maintain high-availability, centralized data indexes which sit between the client and the blockchain. Thought user experience is greatly improved, the practice means most of the ecosystem relies on centralized infrastructure. We're joined by Yaniv Tal, Project Lead at The Graph. The project aims to create a scalable marketplace of robust and high-availability blockchain data indexes. Relying on the modern GraphQL data query language initially developed by Facebook, The Graph allows developers to make complex queries to a robust and high-availability data infrastructure. Launched as a hosted service earlier this year, The Graph plans to move to a decentralized model in the future. Topics discussed in this episode: - The vision of The Graph and why the team chose to work on this problem - The REST API client-server model in the Web 2.0 paradigm - The state of the Ethereum ecosystem and the challenges relating to data availability - How DApps work behind the scenes and their backend infrastructure - GraphQL as the evolution of the API model - How The Graph addresses the issue of data querying and availability - Their hosted services and plans to move to a hybrid model - How The Graph addresses privacy and scalability - The incentive mechanisms and economics related to data integrity - Early applications and the project's near-term roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - The Graph - A Query Protocol for Blockchains: http://bit.ly/2GqfxFK - The Graph on Medium: http://bit.ly/2Gq5EYD - Browse and Explore Subgraphs: http://bit.ly/2Gq63KD - Graph Docs: http://bit.ly/2GqkPRL - GraphQL Will Power the Decentralized Web: http://bit.ly/2GrYgfp - The Graph’s Research and Specifications are Now Open Source: http://bit.ly/2Gq6d4H - Our Investment In The Graph - Multicoin Capital: http://bit.ly/2Gpd7aj - GraphQL: http://bit.ly/2GpdgdR - Yaniv Tal on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2GpdrG3 Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sebastien Couture. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/283

  • #282 Simon de la Rouviere: Bonding Curves, Curation Markets, Token Curated Registries... and Art
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    01:21:52
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    9,577

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Human beings have a penchant for creating lists. We make lists for things like the top music artists at any given time, the best restaurants in the world, companies which people can trust, and the most wanted criminals. Lists take many forms. They can be maintained by a single authority, or curated by a crowd. But almost always, they remain in the custody of a central party. Token Curated Lists propose a model by which a) the content of lists are decentralized, and b) contributors are incentivized to curate their content according to social consensus. We're joined by Simon de la Rouviere, an independent researcher and blogger. Previously, Simon was one of the first employees at ConsenSys and founded Ujo Music. He also contributed to the ERC20 token specification and has written about blockchain and token economics since 2014. In recent months, Simon's research has focused on Token Curated Registries (or TCRs), and the economics of curation markets. Topics discussed in this episode: - Simon's background and interest in blockchain, music, and economics - Bonding curves as a mechanism for continuous token issuance - Curation markets and how they relate to bonding curves - Practical applications of curation markets - The connection between curation markets and cultural memes - Token Curated Registries and their applications - The role of TCRs as a crypto economic primitive - The economics and game theory of TCRs - Simon's recent project “This Artwork is Always for Sale” Links mentioned in this episode: - Simon de la Rouviere – Medium: http://bit.ly/2Z1OM1x - Bancor’s Smart Tokens vs Token Bonding Curves – Medium: http://bit.ly/2Z1OTKv - Introducing Curation Markets: Trade Popularity of Memes & Information (with code)! – Medium: http://bit.ly/2Z1P7RR - Ujo Music: http://bit.ly/2uXfJWy - This Artwork Is Always On Sale – Medium: http://bit.ly/2Z1PvzN - This Artwork Is Always On Sale: http://bit.ly/2Z1PDPN - Simon de la Rouviere – Twitter: http://bit.ly/2uSVHwl Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/282 - YouTube: - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-282 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #281 Ethan Buchman & Sunny Aggarwal: Cosmos – Launching the Internet of Blockchains
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    01:27:09
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) The shipping container brought standardization to the way we move goods around the world. Similarly, TCP/IP packets normalized how information transits over computer networks. Today, blockchains remain siloed ecosystems and interoperability is practically non-existent. A new wave of third-generation blockchain protocols aims to change this. In this new paradigm, blockchains communicate natively and value moves seamlessly from one network to another. One of those projects is Cosmos. We're joined by Ethan Buchman and Sunny Aggarwal of Cosmos. With its recent mainnet launch, we discuss how the network is running and address potential issues relating to governance and centralization of power. Disclaimers: - Cosmos (All in Bits) is a sponsor of the podcast. - Brian is a former employee of Tendermint (All in Bits) and founder of the Cosmos validator Chorus One. - Sunny, is a regular host on Epicenter and founder of the Cosmos validator Sikka. - All participants in this interview are Atom holders. Topics discussed in this episode: - The Cosmos vision and how it differs from Polkadot and Ethereum 2.0 - Building Cosmos and the “Game of Stake” - The Cosmos governance process and current proposals - Voter participation in the Cosmos governance model - The role of validators and the importance of decentralization of power - Validator market economics, related inherent issues, and centralization risks - The Cosmos SDK and how it differs from Substrate - The Cosmos Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) Protocol - The role of the Interchain Foundation moving forward Links mentioned in this episode: - Cosmos website: http://bit.ly/2iVTXvp - Cosmos SDK websitt: http://bit.ly/2YJPcd0 - Cosmos SDK (GitHub): http://bit.ly/2UeC5C0 - Cosmos blog: http://bit.ly/2YMmxEf - Sunny Aggarwal on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2YNhIdU - Ethan Buchman on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2UcFyRj Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/281 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/hvoEW6T2Ydk - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-281 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #280 Jackson Palmer: Dogecoin – wow! so meme. such community. very charity. much story.
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    01:22:01
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    14,236

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Dogecoin was born from the association of two browser tabs: one was an article about the popularity of the doge meme, and the other, CoinMarketCap. The idea quickly gained traction on Twitter, and before long, a new cryptocurrency was born. Dogecoin gained adoption as a tipping currency, the community took part fundraising for charities and other causes, perhaps most notably sending the Jamaican bobsled team to the Sochi Winter Olympics. We're joined by Jackson Palmer, co-creator of Dogecoin. Though he has left the project, Jackson shares the story of how he created the most popular meme cryptocurrency as a joke. Topics discussed in this episode: - Jackson's background and early interest in cryptocurrency - The Dogecoin origin story - The uniquely charitable nature of the community and The Dogecoin Foundation - How the currency became widely used for tipping - The NASCAR sponsorship and Moolah exchange scam - The technological choices which went into early versions of Dogecoin - Dogecoin's unique monetary policy and economics - Jackson's thoughts on Doge Ethereum and the state of the project - Why Jackson stepped away from the project and his thoughts on the crypto space - Jackson's other projects and YouTube channel Links mentioned in this episode: - Jackson Palmer's website: https://bit.ly/2FCtakR - Dogecoin Github: http://bit.ly/2U8Q2k5 - “Not actually capped at 100 billion?” GitHub issue: https://bit.ly/1jAPBG4 - Moolah, The Divisive Startup Heavily Involved In The Dogecoin Community, Is Closing Down – TechCrunch: https://tcrn.ch/2WoiifR - Excerpts from the Moolah Scam - YouTube: https://bit.ly/2utGpOk - Complete conversation with Mintpal/Moolah's ""Alex Green"" AKA Ryan Gentle AKA Ryan Kennedy - YouTube: https://bit.ly/2U0zyLo - Epicenter episode 5: https://bit.ly/2Woj2BF - Jackson Palmer - Twitter: https://bit.ly/2WrGeiB - Jackson Palmer - YouTube: http://bit.ly/2OtuWYf Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/280 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/mtutzjz9g34 - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-280 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #279 Brian Hoffman & Washington Sanchez: OpenBazaar – Growing a Permissionless Marketplace
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    01:31:32
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    20,628

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) In the early days of Bitcoin, much of the community's focus was around payment and getting merchants to adopt cryptocurrencies. Although the technology and narratives have evolved, some projects continue to embrace that original vision of peer-to-peer business, where merchants and their customers interact directly, and if they so wish, anonymously. We're joined by Brian Hoffman and Washington Sanchez of OpenBazaar. Since we last interviewed Brian in 2015, the project has grown to become a mature decentralized marketplace where people come together to buy and sell products and services anonymously with crypto. Its polished interface and reputation system gives users a similar experience to that of using eBay, but without fees or the risk of censorship. Topics discussed in this episode: - Brian and Washington's respective backgrounds - The origins of OpenBazaar as the Dark Market project - The history and evolution of OpenBazaar since their last appearance on episode 67 - How OpenBazaar managed to survive all these years and how the vision has evolved over time - Who uses the platform and to what ends - How it compares to traditional dark markets like The Silk Road - OpenBazaar's position on deplatforming and how it responds to pressure to censor content - How OpenBazaar works under the hood as a collection of decentralized technologies - The company's business model and future plans Links mentioned in this episode: - OpenBazaar website: https://bit.ly/1NkXJex - Dark Market project on GitHub: https://bit.ly/2Fe9Jxi - Episode 67 of Epicenter with Brian Hoffman: http://epicenter.tv/067 - Trust is Risk: https://bit.ly/2JnqhIo - Brian Hoffman, Twitter: https://bit.ly/2TX8qfC - Washington Sanchez, Twitter: https://bit.ly/2fqmRVT Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/279 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/_2NbCJu2ehg - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-279 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #278 Daniel Lehnberg & Michael Cordner: Grin – Cypherpunk Mimblewimble
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    01:22:09
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    13,166

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Three years ago, a mysterious txt file signed by a pseudonymous Tom Elvis Jedusor was dropped in the Bitcoin-Wizards IRC channel outlining a proposal called Mimblewimble. It proposed a novel way of combining many ideas from Bitcoin research in order to create a new blockchain protocol that will be highly scalable and increase privacy, while still using the same cryptographic assumptions as Bitcoin. A few months later this project was picked up by another pseudonymous individual who started working on an implementation he called Grin. Grin slowly began to draw attention from the Bitcoin community and got a lot of traction. We join Michael Cordner (Yeastplume) and Daniel Lehnberg, two of the core developers of the Grin blockchain. In this episode we discuss some topics around Grin's cypherpunk origins, privacy and scalability features, no-premine fair start, and interesting monetary policy. Topics discussed in this episode: - Origins of the Mimblewimble proposal and the prior work it draws upon - Andrew Poelstra's contributions to improving and fixing the original proposal - Scalability and fast sync times achieved through mimblewimble's UTXO set compression - How UTXO compression when combined with the Dandellion p2p protocol can increase privacy - Changes in user experience from Bitcoin to Mimblewimble - Beginning of the Grin project as an implementation of the Mimblewimble protocol - Comparision to BEAM, a competing Mimblewimble implementation - Innovating on fair Proof of Work through dual Cuckoo Cycle - Grin's Monetary Policy and the Mining Fair Start Links mentioned in this episode: - MimbleWimble Origin: https://bit.ly/2CsXiPe - Andrew Poelstra's Improved Paper: https://bit.ly/2Bk5OLQ - Introduction to Grin: http://bit.ly/2SZeOyn - Grin for Bitcoiners: https://bit.ly/2nNnk6y - Grin Newsletter: https://bit.ly/2CiAuzZ - Michael Cordner on Twitter: https://bit.ly/2XQ0FqW - Daniel Lehnberg on Twitter: https://bit.ly/2HrehmI Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/278 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/ptNoUbnGSVc - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-278 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #277 Amaury Séchet: Bitcoin Cash - Part 2
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    01:10:53
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    16,806

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Amaury Séchet is the lead developer of Bitcoin ABC, the largest client for the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. Amaury first got started with Bitcoin in 2010 and closely followed the Bitcoin block size debate as it progressed through the early years of Bitcoin. Predicting the eventual failure of SegWit2x, Amaury was part of the original team that helped coordinate the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, timing it with the activation of SegWit on the main Bitcoin blockchain. We discuss with Amaury the roadmap for Bitcoin Cash, especially with regards to their approach to scalability. We cover many of the novel features the Bitcoin Cash development teams are innovating on such as Canonical Transaction Ordering and Avalanche Pre-Consensus, as well as cover some of the more juicy drama that plagued the Bitcoin Cash community in late 2018, leading to split off of Bitcoin SV. Topics discussed in this episode: - Block Size Debates in Bitcoin - Origins of Bitcoin Cash and the Fork - Year 1 Technical Development of Bitcoin Cash - Bitcoin ABC vs Bitcoin SV - Future Roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - Bitcoin Cash Roadmap: https://bit.ly/2GQvoir - Graphene Whitepaper: https://bit.ly/2zo4c5R - Avalanche Post-Consensus: https://bit.ly/2R8NJvS - The Case for Canonical Transaction Ordering: https://bit.ly/2Enwm1Z - Bitcoin ABC vs Bitcoin SV Hashwar: https://bit.ly/2SsciRr - Bitcoin NG Episode: https://bit.ly/2NxiqXr - EthCC Meetup: https://bit.ly/2EETmel Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/277 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/HWY4wRYqxZA - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-277 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #276 Amaury Séchet: Bitcoin Cash
    Epicenter
    01:20:49
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    13,532

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Amaury Séchet is the lead developer of Bitcoin ABC, the largest client for the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. Amaury first got started with Bitcoin in 2010 and closely followed the Bitcoin block size debate as it progressed through the early years of Bitcoin. Predicting the eventual failure of SegWit2x, Amaury was part of the original team that helped coordinate the Bitcoin Cash hard fork, timing it with the activation of SegWit on the main Bitcoin blockchain. We discuss with Amaury the roadmap for Bitcoin Cash, especially with regards to their approach to scalability. We cover many of the novel features the Bitcoin Cash development teams are innovating on such as Canonical Transaction Ordering and Avalanche Pre-Consensus, as well as cover some of the more juicy drama that plagued the Bitcoin Cash community in late 2018, leading to split off of Bitcoin SV. Topics discussed in this episode: - Block Size Debates in Bitcoin - Origins of Bitcoin Cash and the Fork - Year 1 Technical Development of Bitcoin Cash - Bitcoin ABC vs Bitcoin SV - Future Roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - Bitcoin Cash Roadmap: https://bit.ly/2GQvoir - Graphene Whitepaper: https://bit.ly/2zo4c5R - Avalanche Post-Consensus: https://bit.ly/2R8NJvS - The Case for Canonical Transaction Ordering: https://bit.ly/2Enwm1Z - Bitcoin ABC vs Bitcoin SV Hashwar: https://bit.ly/2SsciRr - Bitcoin NG Episode: https://bit.ly/2NxiqXr - EthCC Meetup: https://bit.ly/2EETmel Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/276 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/WF_qe3gAGek - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-276 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #275 Ben Goertzel: SingularityNET – The Global AI Network and Marketplace
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    01:24:01
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    15,429

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Artificial Intelligence is often misunderstood. And much like blockchain, those who fiercely stand by the technology believe it will change the world for the better. Others fear the negative repercussions it could bring it and would rather see it disappear. We're joined by Ben Goertzel. Ben's interest in AI and robotics date back to his childhood and he has made these his life-long passion and work. He is the CEO of SingularityNET, a company building a marketplace for AIs which leverages blockchain. He is also Chief Scientist at Hanson Robotics who has brought us the now famous Sophia robot. When he's not building blockchains and robots, he leads the OpenCog open-source AI framework and is Chair of Humanity +, an organization which focuses on technology and ethics. Topics discussed in this episode: - Ben's background as a mathematician and his lifelong passion for AI and robotics - What is AI, AGI and machine learning, and how these technologies differ - What is the killer application for AI - The problem of data and power centralization as it relates to AI - AI safety and with what we should be most concerned when it comes to AI dominance - Hanson Robotics and the Sophia robot - How blockchains and AI are relevant to each other - The role of AI in blockchain governance and the potential for AI systems to compete amongst each other - What is SingularityNET and what the company is building Links mentioned in this episode: - Ben Goertzel's Website: http://bit.ly/2GzG5G0 - SingularityNET website: http://bit.ly/2Xes5Gv - SingularityNET whitepaper: http://bit.ly/2Gxr6fN - Ben Goertzel portraied in Silicon Valley: http://bit.ly/2XaEc7w - Ben Goertzel's Website: http://bit.ly/2GzG5G0 - Creating Internet Intelligence: https://amzn.to/2GwCtEF - Accelerando: https://amzn.to/2Gy2Qdh Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/275 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/8VRCr2a567I - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-275 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #274 Alexey Akhunov: Ethereum 1.x – BUIDLing Things One Step at a Time
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    01:20:16
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    15,216

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) We're joined by Alexey Akhunov, an independent Ethereum researcher. Alexey has been working on an ambitious project called TurboGeth. As the name implies, it is a version of Geth which features a number of speed and performance optimizations. Alexey also leads the state rent working group of the Ethereum 1.x project. Ethereum 1.x came out of Devcon when core developers began to realize that the full migration to Serenity would likely take several years. The team hopes to bring progressive improvements to Ethereum in parallel to the development of Serenity. Topics discussed in this episode: - Alexey's background as a computer scientist - The story behind TurboGeth and how it differs from the original Geth client - The speed and performance optimizations of TurboGeth, as well as its trade-offs - What is Ethereum 1.x in the context of Ethereum 2.0 (Serenity) - Which people and projects are part of Ethereum 1.x - What is state rent and why it may be beneficial to Ethereum - Implementing state rent in Ethereum 1.x and 2.0 - eWASM and how it can be introduced in Ethereum 1.x and 2.0 - The future of Ethereum and the progress towards Serenity Links mentioned in this episode: - Alexey Akhunov on Medium: http://bit.ly/2Stn4LE - TurboGeth talk at Bevcon4: http://bit.ly/2SxkKmK - Ethereum State rent for Eth 1.x pre-EIP: http://bit.ly/2Sw9w1R - Ethereum state rent - rough proposal: http://bit.ly/2SsmIFb - State Rent proposal version 2 (rushed): http://bit.ly/2SsncLv - Ethereum state rent proposal 2: http://bit.ly/2SsnvG9 - ETH Roadmap AMA: http://bit.ly/2SxNnQQ - EthCC: http://bit.ly/2GpAXEi - EthCC Epicenter Meeup: http://bit.ly/2Sy3KNt Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/274 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/VJFWWGHSKk8 - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-274 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #273 Christian Decker: Lightning Network - The Road to Scaling Bitcoin
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    01:21:45
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) When the Lightning Network (LN) was conceived in 2015, it was quickly embraced by the Bitcoin community as the way to dramatically scale Bitcoin’s capacity. There was an expectation of LN being available quickly. Instead, development proceed more slowly in the background with different teams contributing to a standard specification. That spec is now almost ready and last year interest and early activity on the LN increased dramatically. We were joined by Christian Decker, a core engineer at Blockstream, where he works on their LN client. We discussed the history and progression of the LN and what remains on the road to scaling Bitcoin. Topics discussed in this episode: - How Christian ended up writing the world’s first PhD on Bitcoin - The vision of the Lightning Network - How the Lightning Network evolved in the last 4 years - Approaching the 1.0 specification - The current state of the network - Why centralization concerns around hubs are often misguided - eltoo and the future of lightning network - The case against other chains being better layer 1 networks than Bitcoin Links mentioned in this episode: - Lightning Network Whitepaper: https://bit.ly/1f9uHPa - Christian Decker - Scaling Bitcoin with Duplex Micropayment Channels: https://bit.ly/2GtW1sy - Joseph Poon & Tadge Dryja - Scalability and the Lightning Network: https://bit.ly/2hmRAVh - Blockstream - Lightning Network: https://bit.ly/2DfDeOh - A Simplified Update Mechanism for Lightning and Off-Chain Contracts: https://bit.ly/2RIXBZu - Lightning Network Specifications on Github: https://bit.ly/2IcdNmH Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/273 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/gqhRu5iMRS8 - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-273 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #272 Jameson Lopp: On Being a Professional Cypherpunk
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) We're joined by Jameson Lopp. Jameson is the CTO of Casa, a company providing key storage solutions. Previously, he was an early engineer at BitGo. However, to most people, he is perhaps known for his Twitter presence and his excellent writing. Over the years, Jameson has written extensively about Bitcoin development, cryptocurrencies, and personal operational security. A self-proclaimed “Professional Cypherpunk,” aligns with the ideas of libertarianism and volunteerism. Topics discussed in this episode: - Jameson's background and how he learned about Bitcoin - His political view before and after discovering crypto - What stands out for Bitcoin in 2018 - His writing on the decentralized nature of Bitcoin Core development - His views on how Bitcoin compares to Ethereum on the topic of development control - His thoughts on the Lightning Network and smart contracts on top of Bitcoin - Jameson's approach to personal operational security - The tradeoffs of having air-tight personal OpSec - Casa and its vault offering Links mentioned in this episode: - Jameson Lopp's website: http://bit.ly/2sPnOeW - Jameson Lopp's Bitcoin Resources: http://bit.ly/2sR02z7 - CRYPTO 101 interview with Jameson Lopp: http://bit.ly/2B9NyHc - Bitcoin Full Validation Sync Performance (article): http://bit.ly/2BcU4gx - Reflections Upon a SWATting (article): http://bit.ly/2sUXMqC - Bitcoin By the Numbers: 2018 Recap (article): http://bit.ly/2B9NPdc - Who Controls Bitcoin Core? (article): http://bit.ly/2sRYRzp - Professional Cypherpunk Jameson Lopp on the Lightning Network (article): http://bit.ly/2sPoWPI - Decentralized Summit 2019: http://bit.ly/2BaxiG9 Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/272 - YouTube: - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-272 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #271 Martin Köppelmann & Matan Field: How the dxDAO could become the world’s largest organization
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    01:29:46
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) The concept of DAOs has been captivating to many in the crypto space for years. When “The DAO” was created in 2016, in the few weeks of its existence and despite obvious flaws, it gather tremendous momentum and amassed 14% of the entire ether supply. Since then the technology has matured and Martin and Matan argue that the time for DAOs has finally arrived. We were joined by DAOstack Founder Matan Field and Gnosis Founder Martin Köppelmann. We talked about the decentralized exchange protocol DutchX. We also talked about how the two projects together created the dxDAO, which will manage the DutchX protocol, but could go onto its own path. A path that could even lead to being the DAO for all of DeFi. Topics discussed in this episode: - The unifying vision behind the various Gnosis projects - Why Gnosis decided to build decentralized exchange protocol DutchX - DutchX's usage of batch auctions to provide good prices and liquidity for any market - Incentivizing market makers with the Magnolia token - Why the DutchX needs a DAO - The role of Reputation in the dxDAO - How Reputation will be distributed - Why DAOs unlike companies could become more efficient as they grow - How the dxDAO could become the biggest organization on earth in the next 10 years - How one can get involved in the dxDAO Links mentioned in this episode: - dxDAO Website: - Joint AMA: Martin Köppelmann & Matan Field - dxDAO: - DAOtalk.org: - Introducing the dxDAO: - A brief discussion of the protocol governing the dxDAO: - The DutchX as an Open Protocol: Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/271 - YouTube: - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-271 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #270 : Looking Back on 5 Years of Epicenter
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Epicenter turned 5 years old this month – that's a long time in the blockchain space! When the podcast began in January 2014, the entire ecosystem was made up of only Bitcoin and a handful of altcoins. Soon after, the Ethereum white paper was published which ushered in a new era of crypto assets and decentralized applications. Since then, we have released 270 episodes and interviewed some of the leading thinkers, entrepreneurs, and engineers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Needless to say, we have learned a lot about the blockchain industry, but also what it takes to run a successful podcast in this space. This week, we look back on the early days of Epicenter and how the podcast has evolved over the years. We also answer your questions in our first ever AMA. Finally, we take stock of 2018 and the trends that marked this past year. Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/270 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/pNMkbJ87xVE - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-270 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.

  • #269 Joseph Lubin: Consensys – The Distributed Incubator which Jumpstarted the Ethereum Ecosystem
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) We're joined by Joseph Lubin, Founder and CEO of ConsenSys. Joseph founded ConsenSys as an Ethereum development studio on the heels of the Ethereum crowd sale in 2014. The company has since grown to a distributed organization of over 1,000 people. Over 50 companies and projects have emerged from ConsenSys, including Metamask, uPort, Gnosis, and GitCoin, to name only a few. Today, the company continues to invest in growing the Ethereum ecosystem by funding projects, and through consulting services for companies and institutions. Topics discussed in this episode: - Joseph's background working as a technologist in the financial industry - How he discovered Bitcoin in 2011 - What lead Joseph to meet Vitalik Buterin and the founding Ethereum team - How he founded ConsenSys and the company's vision - The company's impressive growth and output - The recent round of layoffs at ConsenSys - How he thinks blockchain can change the world for the better - His advice to companies feeling the pressure of the current bear market - Joseph visiton for the future of ConsenSys and Ethereum Links mentioned in this episode: - ConsenSys website: http://bit.ly/2FfPbqN - The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust (The New Yorker): http://bit.ly/2FeVjj8 - The Uncanny Mind That Built Ethereum (WIRED): http://bit.ly/2FdHDVl - ConsenSys Monthly Report — November 2018: http://bit.ly/2FcPQct - A Prehistory of the Ethereum Protocol: http://bit.ly/2FcQ2sd - Joseph Lubin on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Ff0X4M Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/269 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/97uz09S1Us8 - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-269 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #268 Andy Bromberg: CoinList – Capital Formation for the Crypto Industry
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    01:08:18
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) When token sales and ICOs took off in 2017, most projects chose to push ahead despite large regulatory risks. One of the few that went the other direction and put compliance first was CoinList. The platform made its debut by running the massive Filecoin token sales in which $205m was raised from accredited investors. CoinList also played a major role in popularizing the SAFT and creating tools to efficiently and legally raise in the US. We were joined by CoinList President and Co-founder Andy Bromberg to discuss the history of CoinList, token sales, securities regulation and the potential of security tokens. Topics discussed in this episode: - How Andy became interested in Bitcoin and co-founded the Stanford Bitcoin Club - The Filecoin token sale and CoinList's genesis story - CoinList's due diligence for listing projects - Why they created a whitelabel token sale offering - The regulatory framework under which CoinList token sales take place - The logic behind the SAFT (Simple Agreement for Future Tokens) - How a token could transition from security to non-security - The recent SEC crackdown on projects that did ICOs - CoinList's stance on security tokens Links mentioned in this episode: - CoinList Website: http://bit.ly/2RtjuzO - Introducing CoinList: http://bit.ly/2AqStU6 - The Current State of Initial Coin Offerings: http://bit.ly/2AmSwQI - Introducing Airdrops by CoinList: http://bit.ly/2Rtjxvu - The SEC reiterates their stance on crypto: http://bit.ly/2AqVVhh - Andy Bromberg on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2VnFNpS Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/268 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/E9VaoQIIE4o - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-268 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #267 Nadav Hollander: Dharma -- A protocol for tokenized debt
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    01:03:46
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Lending is one core pillar of the economy, enabling one person or company to be entrepreneurial with someone else's capital. However, in the traditional banking system processes in lending are often opaque and the barrier to entry into this market is high. The emergence of easy to use Decentralized Finance is one of the hallmarks of 2018: To date, DeFi has brought us crypto-collateralized stable coins, decentralized exchanges, tokenized credit default swaps, trustless derivatives, and decentralized margin lending. We're joined Nadav Hollander, co-founder and president of Dharma. Dharma is a decentralized protocol for credit products which connects debtors with creditors through a transparent mechanism. The protocol itself is agnostic towards the collateral and terms used, however, the team recently introduced a crypto-collateralized margin lending application running on top of the Dharma protocol, Dharma Lever. Topics discussed in this episode: - Nadav's background and how he became interested in both blockchain technology and debt - The vision behind distributed lending - The mechanics of the Dharma protcol - The role of underwriters in the Dharma protocol - Dharma lever, an application for margin lending on the Dharma protocol - Dharma's business model - The future of decentralized finance Links mentioned in this episode: - Dharma: http://bit.ly/2ENxte3 - Dharma Lever: http://bit.ly/2ENWntT - Introducing Dharma Lever (article): http://bit.ly/2ENxyhR - Request For Blockchain Lending Startups (article): http://bit.ly/2ENxBdx - Current and Future Approaches to Unsecured Lending in Dharma Protocol (article): http://bit.ly/2EOlRHy - Dharma protocol: Debt & Liquidity for ETH (video): http://bit.ly/2ELDOXr Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/267 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/Morx86xPZrA - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-267 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #266 David Andolfatto: The Impact of Central Bank Digital Currencies on the Banking Sector
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Since the rise of digital currencies and cryptocurrencies, central banks are considering the role these new forms of money may play in our evolving digital economy. One of the ideas studied is the notion of a central bank digital currency. While people and companies can hold central bank liabilities in the form of cash, only licensed banks have access to digital cash accounts with central banks. We're joined by David Andolfatto, VP of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. David was previously on the podcast to discuss his idea for Fedcoin, a central bank issued cryptocurrency. In a recent paper, he explores the impact central bank digital currencies may have on the monopolistic banking sector. Topics discussed in this episode: - The state of central bank research on digital currencies and cryptocurrencies - The idea that central banks may hold Bitcoin reserves - David's new paper on the impact of central bank digital currencies (CBDC) - The potential impacts of CBDC's on the banking sector and our economy - The role of fractional reserve banking in our economy - How fractional reserve banking applies to cryptocurrencies - The Debreu model and the need for money in an entirely liquid market - David's outlook for the future of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies Links mentioned in this episode: - Assessing the Impact of Central Bank Digital Currency on Private Banks (paper): http://bit.ly/2USjAje - Smart Contracts and Asset Tokenization (article): http://bit.ly/2UN4ATU - My perspective on the Bitcoin Project (article): http://bit.ly/2UOWMAZ - The Trust Machine: The Story of Bitcoin (article): http://bit.ly/2UPGHuO - Fedcoin: On the Desirability of a Government Cryptocurrency (article): http://bit.ly/2EywWfJ - David's last appearance on the podcast: http://bit.ly/2URsD40 Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/266 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/Bv33vah7-wY - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-266 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #265 James Prestwich: Summa One – Cross-chain Financial Instruments and Contracts
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    01:07:46
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) While trustless interactions on Ethereum are native to the protocol, trustless interactions between the Ethereum blockchain and other blockchains are difficult to implement. Interoperability protocols heavily rely on atomic swaps, which typically come with a free option problem. For this episode we’re joined by James Prestwich, CEO at Summa. Summa designs and implements cross-chain financial contracts and instruments such as swaps, options, futures, and auctions. Summa recently conducted a dutch auction spanning the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains: Ethereum NFTs were auctioned off trustlessly to bidders on the Bitcoin network. We also discuss Riemann, a framework for deploying transaction scripts to UTXO-based chains, as well as the advantages of the predictability of transactions in UTXO-based chains and how to bring some of those advantages to Ethereum smart contracts. Topics discussed in this episode: - James background in Japanese and how he became interested in blockchain - James contributions to Bitcoin Script - Summa's recent cross-chain auction in which Ethereum NFTs were auctioned off to participants on the bitcoin network - Riemann, a framework for deploying script based transactions to UTXO blockchains - Atomic swaps leading to free options - Advantages of transaction predictability in UTXO based chains Links mentioned in this episode: - Summa Website: http://bit.ly/2zUYZ52 - Cross-chain Auctions via Bitcoin Double Spends (article): http://bit.ly/2QNAnFc - Statesless SPV (article): http://bit.ly/2rtVIoN - Declarative Smart Contracts (article): http://bit.ly/2rELBxH - Introducing Reimann (article): http://bit.ly/2ruDPGn - James Prestwich on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2QL4blU Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/265 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/AO8wElNI2dg - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-265 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #264 Nick Sullivan: Cloudflare – The Internet's (De)centralized Security Blanket
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    01:20:16
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) We enter dozens of trust relationships ever time we interact with the Web. Browsers, ISPs, DNS providers, cloud hosting companies, all the way down to the handful of people who control certificate root keys; we rely on the integrity of these intermediaries to serve reliable, and accurate information. The concentration of power by any one of these actors threatens to compromise the very foundational principles of the Web. Decentralized technologies, like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tor, and IPFS seek to reverse this trend. We're joined by Nick Sullivan, Chief Cryptographer at Cloudflare. Founded less than 10 years ago, the company offers content delivery services (CND), DNS, and DDoS protection to over 12 million websites. The company contributes to open source cryptography libraries, some of which are used by Etherum. They recently launched an IPFS gateway and features which allow users to have strong guarantees as to the integrity of the content. Topics discussed in this episode: - Nick's background as a cryptographer and previous position at Apple - The Internet's infrastructure and trust model - How Cloudflare is experimenting with IPFS - The challenges to hosting static websites with IPFS - Cloudflare's Onion routing service (Tor) and the benefits to users - The Roughtime protocol and encrypted SNI - Cloudflare's contribution to open-source cryptography libraries - The vulnerabilities of DNS and Cloudflare's free private DNS service (1.1.1.1) Links mentioned in this episode: - Welcome to Crypto Week (article): http://bit.ly/2E6guDp - Roughtime: Securing Time with Digital Signatures (article): http://bit.ly/2zzXB7Z - Introducing CFSSL - CloudFlare's PKI toolkit (article): http://bit.ly/2zzXIjV - End-to-End Integrity with IPFS (article): http://bit.ly/2E7Sdwy - Introducing the Cloudflare Onion Service (article): http://bit.ly/2E7SnEa - Cloudflare's Distributed Web Gateway: http://bit.ly/2zBOfbM - Nick Sullivan's website: http://bit.ly/2zCyhhH Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/264 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/P9eK7Hqn0Nc - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-264 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.