Zero Knowledge

Where we talk about zero knowledge research and the decentralised web

About the show

Zero Knowledge is a podcast which goes deep into the tech that will power the emerging decentralised web and the community building this. Covering the latest in zero knowledge research and applications, the open web as well as future technologies and paradigms that promise to change the way we interact — and transact — with one another online.

Zero Knowledge is hosted by Anna Rose

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Episodes

  • Episode 176: Zk-zk-rollup & zk.money with Zac and Joe from Aztec

    April 14th, 2021  |  55 mins 14 secs
    aztec, blockchain, ethereum, layer2, optimistic rollups, plonk, privacy, webassembly, zero knowledge, zero knowledgeblockchain, zkrollup

    In this week's episode, Anna chats with Zac Williamson and Joe Andrews from Aztec all about their zk-zk-rollup, zk.money, Aztec 2.0 and TurboPLONK.

  • Episode 175: zkEVM & zkPorter with Matter Labs

    April 7th, 2021  |  54 mins 43 secs
    blockchain, eth 2.0, ethereum, layer2, optimistic rollups, plasma, rust, sharding, solidity, zero knowledge, zkrollup

    Anna Rose and Alex Gluchowski from Matter Labs chat about how zkRollups can extend Ethereum's capabilities with zkEVM and zkPorter.

  • Episode 174: Through the Cosmos Stargate Upgrade

    March 31st, 2021  |  1 hr 24 mins
    atom, blockchain, cosmos network, ibc, interchain, interoperability, stargate, zero knowledge

    In today’s episode, Anna and James chat with three representatives of the Cosmos ecosystem - Zaki Manian, Tess Rinearson and Shahan Khatchadourian - to learn all about its recent milestone upgrade, Stargate.

  • Episode 173: Building Private AMMs with Guillermo Angeris

    March 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 17 mins
    amms, blockchain, cfmm, defi, inverse design, optimization theory, privacy

    This week, Anna & Tarun take an in-depth look into AMMs with Guillermo Angeris, a PhD student in Stanford who co-authored a number of papers on fundamental AMM properties. His most recent paper deals with privacy in AMMs, effectively demonstrating how superficial attempts at making a private AMM are doomed. But there is hope! And in this conversation, they explore some mitigations that can not only allow for effective use of privacy in AMMs, but could provide benefits from its inclusion.

  • Episode 172: ZK languages with Alex Ozdemir

    March 17th, 2021  |  59 mins 51 secs
    blockchain, circom, cryptography, programming languages, zero knowledge, zk-snarks

    In this week’s episode, Anna chats with Alex Ozdemir, a PhD student at Stanford researching formal methods, cryptography and distributed systems. They take a bird’s eye view of the current landscape of zk languages and libraries, looking at the history and current state-of-the-art of circuit-building tools.

  • Episode 171: Mapping the Polkadot Ecosystem

    March 10th, 2021  |  1 hr 31 mins
    acala, blockchain, ecosystem, moonbeam, parachains, polkadot, proof-of-stake, zero knowledge

    In this week’s episode, Anna goes on a grand tour of the Polkadot ecosystem ahead of the launch of Parachains. In this multi-interview episode, she explores the Polkadot ecosystem, how teams are interacting with the existing tech stacks, what they are looking forward to, and how these networks may evolve in the future once Parachains go live.

  • Episode 170: Hardware for ZKPs & VDFs with Supranational

    March 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 53 secs
    asics, blockchain, computation, gpus, hardward, moore's law, snarks, vdfs, zero knowledge

    In this week’s episode, Anna and Tarun talk with Simon Peffers and Kelly Olson from Supranational, a startup focused on building specialised software and hardware for advanced cryptographic computation. Simon and Kelly talk about their recent work helping out the Ethereum Foundation with VDFs, as well as building a better SNARK algorithm for Protocol Labs’ Filecoin.

  • Episode 169: Arkworks SNARK libraries with Pratyush Mishra

    February 24th, 2021  |  57 mins 57 secs
    arkworks, blockchain, code, engineering, rust, rustlang, tech, zero knowledge

    In this week’s episode, Anna and Robert Habermeier chat with Pratyush Mishra, co-author of the Arkworks toolkit. Arkworks is a collection of Rust libraries designed to simplify development with SNARKs, both for developing high-level application circuits and building custom SNARK implementations.

  • Episode 168: Flashbots with Phil Daian and Stephane Gosselin

    February 17th, 2021  |  1 hr 8 mins
    blockchain, development, geth, mempool, mev, miner extractable value, research, tech

    In this week’s episode, Anna and James Prestwich chat with Phil Daian and Stephane Gosselin from the Flashbots project. Flashbots is a research and development organization formed to mitigate the negative externalities and existential risks posed by miner-extractable value (MEV) to smart-contract blockchains

  • Episode 167: Where Media & Music meet NFTs & Blockchain

    February 10th, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins
    art, blockchain, crypto, digital art, influencers, media, music, music business, nft, zero knowledge

    In this week’s episode, Anna & Tarun take a step further into the NFT/Art space and chat with 2 content creators/entrepreneurs Andre Anjos (RAC) and Trevor McFedries (Brud) who are both making work that intersects with NFTs, crypto & other novel blockchain concepts. They discuss their respective works, and explore the new ways in which creators & influencers can engage with Blockchain tech and NFTs. They also try to imagine what living a digital reality actually means for the creation and consumption, or ownership of content.

  • Episode 166: Coin Center’s Peter Van Valkenburgh on regulation & crypto

    February 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 19 mins
    blockchain, coin center, crypto, crypto law, financial law, fincen, legal, privacy, regulation, sec

    In this week’s episode, Anna & Josh Cincinnati chat with Peter Van Valkenburgh, Director of Research at Coin Center. Coin Center is a non-profit research and advocacy group focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies. In this conversation, they cover the various branches in the US system, how these interact with the crypto/blockchain community, what the process is for making regulation and how coincenter gets involved.

  • Episode 165: Aave with Stani Kulechov

    January 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    aave, blockchain, crypto, debt, decentralised finance, defi, ethereum

    This week, Anna and Tarun chat with Stani Kulechov, co-founder of Aave, about the origin and evolution of the project, the changing DeFi landscape, collateralized debt in crypto, Flash Loans, Flash Minting, Credit Delegation and the future of DeFi.

  • Episode 164: The road to Skynet & beyond with David Vorick

    January 20th, 2021  |  54 mins 35 secs
    ad revenue, blockchain, censorship, content management, cryptography, decentralisation, engineeering, siacoin, skynet, tech, twitter

    This week, Anna and guest co-host James Prestwich chat with David Vorick from Skynet Labs about the scope and goals of the Skynet project. They discuss the journey from earlier work on Sia & distributed data to Skynet, SkyDB, and their idea for Recursive Content Monetization - a new model to pay online creators and content owners.

  • Episode 163: Kicking off 2021 with Anna, Tarun, James & Josh

    January 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
    blockchain, cryptography, defi, ethereum, mev, podcast, privacy, technology, zero knowledge

    This week, Anna chats with guests Tarun Chitra (Gauntlet & Robot Ventures), James Prestwich (cLabs) and Josh Cincinnati (previously Zcash Foundation). Throughout this conversation, they touch on topics like the state of zero knowledge applications, blockchain technology, privacy and DeFi. They also explore what we can expect in the near future.

  • Episode 162: Year end and end of an era with Anna & Fredrik

    December 30th, 2020  |  52 mins 48 secs
    blockchain, crypto, cryptography, defi, ethereum, privacy, tokens, zero knowledge

    In this episode - which is Fredrik's last as a regular co-host - Anna and Fredrik do a look back at 2020 and chat about some of their favourite ZKPodcast episodes and themes from this past year. They also take this time to reminisce and look back over 3 years of the Zero Knowledge Podcast and share some thoughts on how the space has developed.

  • Episode 161: Loopring with Matt & Brecht

    December 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    amms, blockchain, defi, dex, ethereum, l2, loopring, zero knowledge, zkrollup

    This week, Anna chats with Matthew Finestone and Brecht Devos from Loopring about their zkrollup protocol, DEX and wallet. We explored the evolution of Loopring, how their zkrollup works, how they are bringing AMMs to L2 and what’s next for the project.