Zero Knowledge

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

101 episodes of Zero Knowledge since the first episode, which aired on October 4th, 2017.

  • Episode 102: Mapping the Web3 stack with The Graph

    November 6th, 2019  |  53 mins 56 secs
    blockchain, decentralization, engineering chat, tech stack, the graph, web3

    In this week’s episode, we chat with Brandon Ramirez, Research Lead and co-founder of The Graph, about the problem his project is trying to solve, the fast evolving Layer 1/Layer 2 paradigm, the emerging group of Service Protocols, and how these projects interact with other elements of the Web3 stack.

  • Episode 101: TEEs with Yan Michalevsky from Anjuna

    October 30th, 2019  |  51 mins 15 secs
    intel's sgx, mpcs, sgx, tees, tooling, trusted execution environment, zero knowledge proofs, zkps

    In this week’s episode, we chat with ​Yan Michalevsky, CTO & Co-founder, Anjuna Security about their work with TEEs, a continuation of a topic we covered in episode 82 of this podcast. In this episode, we go deeper and cover Intel SGX vs AMD memory, the risk profiles, tooling for TEEs, applications of enclaves and how these techniques are being optimized for.

  • Episode 100: Dan Boneh on the past, present & future of cryptography

    October 23rd, 2019  |  1 hr 33 mins
    blockchain, blockchain education, cryptography, dan boneh, stanford cryptography, tech education

    In this special 100th episode of the Zero Knowledge Podcast, we caught up with Dan Boneh, professor and researcher in applied cryptography and computer security at Stanford, to talk about his background in the field of cryptography, his work on cryptography & blockchain education, the ascension of zkps and where he sees developing.

  • Episode 99: Post-Devcon5 catch-up with Tarun, James & Georgios

    October 16th, 2019  |  59 mins 13 secs
    blockchain, devcon5, eth2, ethereum, optimistic roll-up, osaka, zero knowledge, zk roll-up

    In this week's episode, Anna sits down with Tarun Chitra (Gauntlet Networks), James Prestwich (Summa) and Georgios Konstantopoulos at the end of the last day of Devcon5 in Osaka. They cover a broad range of topics from their Devcon take-aways, emerging ideas in the ecosystem, the latest in PoS systems, Roll-up and DeFi, to the explosion in zero knowledge research, and more.

  • Episode 98: MimbleWimble pt 2: Beam Protocol

    October 9th, 2019  |  55 mins 3 secs
    beam protocol, blockchain, mimblewimble, privacy, privacy tech, tech talks, zero knowledge

    In this week’s episode, Anna sits down with with Alexander Zaidelson and Alex Romanov from BEAM - a Mimblewimble based privacy coin. We discuss how this implementation of the MimbleWimble protocol differs from Grin, how the two groups work together, funding protocol development, how the Beam business model works, and the future of the protocol.

  • Episode 97: MimbleWimble pt 1: Grin with Daniel Lehnberg

    October 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
    blockchain, grin protocol, mimblewimble, privacy, privacy tech, tech talks, zero knowledge

    In this week’s episode, we chat with Daniel Lehnberg about Grin - an implementation of the MimbleWimble privacy protocol. We cover the story behind MimbleWimble, how Grin first came to be, and how this technology works. We also look back at how this protocol came to be as well as were Daniel sees it going.

  • Episode 96: Eli Ben-Sasson on the latest from StarkWare and the origin of mathematical ideas

    September 25th, 2019  |  55 mins 56 secs
    cryptography, mathematics, snarks, starks, starkware, zero knowledge, zero knowledge research

    This week, Anna speaks with with Eli Ben-Sasson about the latest at StarkWare Industries, the Cambrian explosion of new research within the zero knowledge space and the origin of new mathematical ideas.

  • Episode 95: zkVM with Oleg Andreev

    September 18th, 2019  |  51 mins 1 sec
    blockchain, bulletproofs, privacy, scaling, stellar, virtual machine, zero knowledge proof, zkvm

    In this episode, we chat with the Oleg Andreev, a protocol architect from Stellar, about zkVM- the zero-knowledge virtual machine. We touch on the general concepts of VMs as well as compare zkVM with some other zero knowledge protocols like ZCash and ZEXE.

  • Episode 94: Gnosis & Full Node with Friederike Ernst

    September 11th, 2019  |  57 mins 38 secs
    blockchain, crypto, daos, dutchx, dxdao, exchanges, full node, gnosis, prediction markets, web3

    In this episode, Anna chats with Friederike Ernst from Gnosis about their work on prediction markets, wallet security, exchanges, and the co-working space Full Node in Berlin - a hub for the blockchain community that Friederike spearheaded.

  • Episode 93: Light clients & ZKPs with Celo

    September 4th, 2019  |  50 mins 13 secs
    blockchain, celo protocol, light clients, mobile-first, tech education, zk light client

    In this episode, we chat with the Marek Olszewski & Kobi Gurkan from Celo about their proof-of-stake protocol, their work on making a mobile-ready light client, how zero knowledge proofs can help to make a light client “lighter”, why this would be desirable and what potential such a construction could unlock.

  • Episode 92: Jorge Izquierdo talks Aragon and DAOs

    August 28th, 2019  |  55 mins 20 secs
    aragon one, blockchain, blockchain organisation, daos, decentralised autonomous organisations, legal decentralisation

    In this episode, Anna catches up with Jorge Izquierdo from Aragon One to talk about the beginning of the Aragon project, the history of DAOs, as well as the challenges and potential in these new organisational entities.

  • Episode 91: Near Protocol's focus on UX

    August 21st, 2019  |  59 mins 58 secs
    blockchain development, blockchain ux, ethereum, near protocol, polkadot

    In this episode, we sit down with Alexander Skidanov and Illia Polosukhin from Near Protocol to find out about their work. We discuss what brought them to develop Near Protocol, how they used their whiteboard sessions to learn from the best people in the space, the challenge of blockchain UX, and what has motivated them to become one of the fastest moving projects around.

  • Episode 90: MPC systems with Nigel Smart

    August 14th, 2019  |  57 mins 25 secs
    blockchain, cryptography, cryptology, mpc systems, multi-party computation, nigel smart

    In this week's episode, we chat with Nigel Smart, Professor of Cryptology at KU Leuven and the co-founder of Unbound Tech, about his background in cryptology, the history of MPC systems, MPC systems in the real world, and how MPC stacks up versus other related cryptography and privacy techniques.

  • Episode 89: Eth2.0 update and a look at Libra with Raul Jordan

    August 7th, 2019  |  57 mins 51 secs
    blockchain, blockchain development, eth2, libra protocol, prysmatic labs, test net, validators

    In this week’s episode, we invite Raul Jordan from Prysmatic Labs back to the show. He shares an update about Prysmatic Labs and ETH2.0 development. We cover some of the latest innovations, some existing challenges, timelines, implementation challenges and more. He also shares some insights from his technical review of Facebook's proposed Libra protocol.

  • Episode 88: Accumulators with Ben Fisch

    July 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
    ben fisch, blockchain, dan boneh, merkle trees, privacy, rsa accumulator, scaling, starks, zero knowledge

    In this week’s episode, we chat with Ben Fisch, Stanford PhD student working in Dan Boneh's applied cryptography group. In our conversation, we dig into accumulators, Merkle trees & vector commitments.
    We also learn a bit about the RSA Accumulator Paper - entitled "Batching Techniques for Accumulators with Applications to IOPs and Stateless Blockchains" - that he co-authored with Benedikt Bünz and touch on some of the ways these can be used.

  • Episode 87: The road to DEXs with Will Harborne

    July 24th, 2019  |  58 mins 32 secs
    centralised exchanges, crypto, decentralised exchange, dexs, ethfinex, trading

    In this week's episode, we chat with Will Harborne, co-founder of Ethfinex and previously at Bitfinex, about the path from traditional exchanges, to centralised crypto exchanges and more recently DEXs. We explore what the role of the DEXs really is and what we could imagine seeing in the future of the space.