Zero Knowledge

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Episode 77: Funding Blockchain Development with Kevin Owocki

    May 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 11 mins
    blockchain, eip1337, ethereum, funding blockchain, gitcoin, grants, open source

    In this week, we sit down with Kevin Owocki, co-founder of gitcoin, to have a look at how open source blockchain development is funded. We cover the different methods for funding open source work, what has worked in the past, what hasn’t, how funding blockchain projects can be quite different and what people are experimenting with today.

  • Episode 76: Sean Bowe on SNARKs, Trusted Setups & Elliptic Curve Cryptography

    May 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 31 mins
    academia, cryptography, development, elliptic curve, sonics, trusted set up, zcash, zcash bug, zexe

    In this week’s episode, we welcome special guest Sean Bowe. Sean is a Zcash Company engineer and the author of the Sprout and Sapling Zcash trusted set ups and much of the underlying cryptography of the protocol. We had a chance to chat about his history, what got him into the topic, some of the joys & challenges to working with SNARKs, and what ideas are inspiring him.

  • Episode 75: Exploring Aztec with Zac Williamson

    May 1st, 2019  |  45 mins 12 secs
    aztec protocol, blockchain, cryptography, ethereum, privacy tech, range proofs, zero knowledge proofs

    In this week’s episode, we sit down with Zac Williamson of the Aztec protocol to discuss zero knowledge tools, range proofs, the Aztec Protocol, the different approaches to bringing privacy to Ethereum, and how standards in the space are emerging.

  • Episode 74: Blockchain 101: Randomness and Random Beacons with Justin Drake

    April 24th, 2019  |  57 mins 39 secs
    blockchain, eth2.0, ethereum, randomness

    In this week's episode, we sit down with Justin Drake to discuss randomness in blockchain, how it can be created and what adversarial models exist. We also discuss the random beacon and how that concept has evolved in the development of ETH2.0

  • Episode 73: J. Ayo Akinyele Talks Lightning Network & Building Bolt

    April 17th, 2019  |  57 mins 5 secs
    blockchain, bolt, bolt protocol, lightning, privacy, privacy tech, zcash, zeroknowledge

    In this week's episode, we chat with J. Ayo Akinyele from Bolt Labs about the Bolt Protocol, a layer 2 approach for anonymous micropayments. Bolt, which stands for Blind, Offchain, Lightweight, Transactions, is a privacy focused scaling solution that is similar to the Lightning Network.

  • Episode 72: zkSNARKs for Scale with Matter Labs

    April 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins
    blockchain, franklin, matterlabs, roll-up, scaling, zero knowledge, zksnarks

    In this week's episode, we sit down with the Alex Vlasov and Alex Gluchowski from Matter Labs to discuss their approach to using zkSNARKs for scaling Ethereum. We chat about the inspiration for the Roll-up project, the Matter Labs implementation, their proposed Franklin network and more.

  • Episode 71: Getting Radicle with Julian Arni

    April 3rd, 2019  |  59 mins 32 secs
    blockchain, decentralised open source, decentralised system, github, open source software, oscoin, oss, rad, radicle

    In this week's episode, we speak with Julian Arni about Radicle, a decentralized alternative to Github built on IPFS. Radicle is both a programming language and a set of tools to enable decentralised open source software development. We go deep into this project and also touch on the societal questions that inspired it.

  • Episode 70: Digging into DAI with Rune Christensen from Maker

    March 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 12 mins
    blockchain, ethereum, makerdao, stablecoin

    In this interview, we chat with Rune Christensen from MakerDAO about stablecoins, MakerDAO’s take on this concept, the peg and how this is maintained, security, oracles and more.

  • Episode 69: Decentralised Storage with Arweave

    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.

  • Episode 68: Conversations at EthCC

    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.

  • Episode 67: Formal Verification with Martin Lundfall

    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.

  • Episode 66: ETH2.0 Update With Danny Ryan

    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.

  • Episode 65: Bridges, xDai and Burner Wallets with Igor & Austin

    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.

  • Episode 64: Unleashing Melon into the wild with Jenna Zenk

    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.

  • Episode 63: Proxy re-encryption and FHE with NuCypher

    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.

  • Episode 62: The path to an ERC standard

    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.