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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 17th, 2019 | 51 mins 42 secs
blockchain, cryptography, filecoin, stark, zcash, zcash bug, zero knowledge proofs, zksnark
In this week’s episode, we welcome Ariel Gabizon, previously an Electric Coin Company (Zcash) engineer and cryptographer working on zero knowledge constructions. Ariel has worked closely with many of the exciting projects and researchers pushing the boundaries on zero knowledge research. He is also the person who discovered the Zcash bug (along with Sean Bowe and Zooko). In this episode, we explore his journey into the space, what inspires him, and what exciting new paradigms he is exploring today!
July 10th, 2019 | 46 mins 14 secs
blockchain, cryptography, privacy protocol, privacy token, private transactions, zcash, zcon, zexe
In this episode, we sit down with Pratyush Mishra, CS PhD Student at UC Berkeley and one of the co-authors on the Zexe project, to discuss the Zexe protocol. We cover how this paper came to be, what it aims to solve, how it works, how it could be used and dive into some of the differences between Zexe and some other existing zero knowledge protocol proposals.
July 3rd, 2019 | 43 mins 18 secs
amber baldet, blockchain, clovyr, privacy, security, zcash, zcash foundation
In this episode, we chat with Amber Baldet, CEO and co-founder of Clovyr and board member of the Zcash Foundation, about her road to the blockchain space, the problems she aims to solve with her work on Clovyr, some updates about the Zcash community & foundation, the state of zero knowledge research and the potential and challenges around the implementation of zero knowledge systems in the real world.