Zero Knowledge is a podcast which goes deep into the tech that will power the emerging Web3 and the community that is building it. The podcast is made for fellow developers and people looking to educate themselves on the inner workings of the space.
We try to be non-speculative, don't talk (much) trading and want to focus on the tech.
Zero Knowledge is hosted by Anna Rose and Fredrik Harryson, two people working in the blockchain industry. Our views do not come from nor represent our companies.
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March 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
archiving, blockchain, data storage, decentralized storage, permaweb, tech talk
In this week's episode, we sit down with Sam Williams of Arweave to chat about their novel approach to decentralised storage. We discuss incentivising data storage, the concept of the permaweb, and how to properly decentralise the internet archives.
March 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
blockchain, cat herders, community conference, decentralised governance, decision making, eth magicians, ethcc, ethereum, open source, technology
In this week's special episode, Anna pops over to EthCC - the Ethereum Community Conference - to find out what's on people's minds. Speaking with Boris Mann, Maria Paula Fernandez, Hudson Jameson, Sunny Aggarwal, Yalda Mousavinia, and Peter Mauric, these conversations centre around decision making in the decentralised space, the role of transparency, the different organisations and groups that have formed in Ethereum to help make decisions, how compensation can play a role, the code of conduct, the importance of signaling and much more.
March 6th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
blockchain, formal verification, k-framework, makerdao, tech education
In this week's episode, we sit down with Martin Lundfall (Dapphub, MakerDAO) to discuss formal verification - a topic request that comes directly from the Zero Knowledge audience. We cover what formal verification is, where it makes sense, where it doesn't, the k-framework, and much more.
February 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
blockchain, eth2.0, ethereum, sharding, tech talk, technical
In this week's episode, Anna and Fredrik chat with Danny Ryan from the Ethereum Foundation about the ETH2.0 project. We cover how ETH2.0 came to be, how it works, the new roadmap, and where the project is headed.
February 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
bridges, dai, side-chains, stablecoins, ux
In this week’s episode, we sit down with Igor Barinov from POA Network and Austin Griffith from Gitcoin Labs to discuss bridges, xDai - the new side-chain where DAI is the native token - and Austin's super simple Burner Wallet.
February 13th, 2019 | 58 mins 30 secs
asset management, blockchain, ethereum, governance, m1, melonport, oracles, protocol, smart contracts
In this week’s episode, Anna sits down with Jenna Zenk from Melonport to discuss her background, the path to the melon protocol, the challenges of building sophisticated smart contracts and what it means to release a decentralised protocol into the wild.
February 6th, 2019 | 59 mins 51 secs
blockchain, encryption, fhe, nucypher, private key, technology
In this episode, we sit down with Bogdan Opanchuk and John "Tux" Pacific from NuCypher to chat about their threshold proxy re-encryption technology, how the project aims to provide privacy infrastructure, dig into their nuFHE scheme and explore far along FHE research, the cryptographic "holy grail", really is.
January 30th, 2019 | 55 mins 30 secs
blockchain, erc20, erc721, erc998, ethereum, tokens
In this episode, we discuss tokens, token standards and the ERC process. We cover some of the most popular token standards and discuss what it takes to design a standard and get this accepted. We also have a chat with Matt Lockyer about his experience submitting ERC998.
January 23rd, 2019 | 59 mins 13 secs
asics, blockchain, code, developer, pos, pow, proof-of-stake, proof-of-work, statistical model, technology
In this episode, we chat with Tarun Chitra about a broad range on topics, from his work on early non-blockchain ASICs, to financial models in high frequency trading, and the nuances of statistical modeling of PoS systems in blockchain.
January 16th, 2019 | 37 mins 7 secs
blockchain, cryptography, fully homomorphic encryption, mpcs, multi party computation, polynomials, shamir's secret sharing, tech education, zksnarks
In this week's episode, Anna and Fredrik give a general introduction to MPCs, go over a few examples of MPCs in action, compare them with other cryptographic concepts, try to pronounce "fully homomorphic encryption" properly, and more!
January 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
blockchain, eli ben-sasson, ethereum, starkware, zero knowledge, zero knowledge proofs, zksnarks, zkstarks
In this week's episode, we catch up with Eli Ben-Sasson and Alessandro Chiesa from StarkWare Industries. We talk about their longstanding academic work in theoretic & applied cryptography, how StarkWare came to be, the emergence of SNARKs and STARKs, some of the differences between these different zero knowledge systems and what's coming next in the space.
January 2nd, 2019 | 39 mins 13 secs
blockchain, ethereum, new years, parity, parity tech
In this week's episode, we sit down with Jutta Steiner, our friend and Fredrik's CEO at Parity Technologies, to talk about her history in the space, the origin of Parity, the last year in blockchain, and what we see coming in 2019!
December 26th, 2018 | 45 mins 44 secs
blockchain, blockchain 101, data structures, developers, merkle trees, tech education
In this week's episode, Anna and Fredrik dig into the topic of Merkle trees. We discuss the history of the concept, explore different kinds of Merkle trees, and touch on Radix trees & Patricia Merkle tries. We also look a bit at their usage in both Bitcoin and Ethereum.
December 19th, 2018 | 37 mins 10 secs
blockchain, core dev, developer, ethereum, programming, tech
In this episode, Fredrik sits down Martin, who is a Core Dev working on the Geth client and head of security for the Ethereum foundation. They chat about what got him into the space, his interest in security, and what he would recommend to other devs looking to get into the space.
December 12th, 2018 | 49 mins 21 secs
ethereum, ethsingapore, hackathon, hackers, tech education
In this week's episode, Anna interviews a number of participants at the ETHSingapore hackathon as part of the ETHGlobal series and tries to get a sense for how these hackers are approaching the space.
December 5th, 2018 | 52 mins 10 secs
blockchain, coda, cryptography, recursive proof, tech education, zksnarks
In this week's episode, we sit down with Izaak Meckler & Evan Shapiro from O(1) Labs to discuss Coda, a blockchain using recursive composition of zkSNARKs to eliminate history. We discuss recursive zkSNARKs generally, what a recursive zkSNARK construction blockchain would look like, and the challenges in implementing this sophisticated scaling solution.