Zero Knowledge

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Episode 61: Statistical modeling of PoS systems with Tarun Chitra

    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.

  • Episode 60: Cryptography 101: Multi-Party Computations

    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!

  • Episode 59: STARKs & StarkWare with Eli and Alessandro

    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.

  • Episode 58: Kicking off 2019 with Jutta Steiner

    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!

  • Episode 57: Merklize this! Merkle Trees & Patricia Tries

    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.

  • Episode 56: Get to know a Core Dev: Martin Holst Swende

    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.

  • Episode 55: ETHSingapore in review

    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.

  • Episode 54: Digging into recursive zkSNARKs with Coda

    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.

  • Episode 53: Get to know a Core Dev: Péter Szilágyi

    November 28th, 2018  |  46 mins 30 secs
    core-dev, developer-interview, ethereum

    In this week's episode, Fredrik sits down with Péter Szilágyi, lead developer of go-ethereum, to talk about his background, what it means to be a Core Dev and some of the struggles of maintaining an open source project.

  • Episode 52: Vlad and Gav go head-to-head on blockchain governance

    November 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 12 mins
    blockchain, gavin wood, governance, on-chain governance, tech talk, vlad zamfir

    In this week's episode, we are joined by a couple greats in the space, Gavin Wood and Vlad Zamfir, to debate the merits of on-chain vs off-chain governance.

  • Episode 51: Exploring Spacemesh with Julian Loss

    November 14th, 2018  |  51 mins 28 secs
    blockchain, proof-of-spacetime, protocol, spacemesh, tech education

    In this episode, we sit down with Julian Loss, a researcher at Spacemesh, to explore DAGs, the Proof-of-Spacetime idea and the Spacemesh project.

  • Episode 50: Zooko talks Zcash on our 50th episode

    November 7th, 2018  |  1 hr 27 mins
    blockchain, cryptography, tech history, zcash, zcash parity, zero knowledge, zksnarks

    In this special 50th episode, we invite our friend Zooko to the podcast to chat about his background and explore the history of Zerocoin and Zcash. We dig into the inner workings of Zcash, the trusted setup, the sapling upgrade, and what the future of the project might look like!

  • Episode 49: Blockchain 101: Cryptoeconomic Primitives and Staking

    October 31st, 2018  |  1 hr
    blockchain, cryptoeconomics, ethereum, game theory, pos, staking, tech education

    In this Blockchain 101 episode, we sit down with Axel Ericsson of Vest to talk about Cryptoeconomic Primitives, incentive models, designing for smart equilibria, and staking.

  • Episode 48: Talking UX with Taylor Monahan of MyCrypto

    October 23rd, 2018  |  57 mins 8 secs
    blockchain, ethereum, etherwallet, mycrypto, tech talk

    In this episode, we sit down with Taylor Monahan of MyCrypto, to discuss how the project got started and share some customer support horror stories. We also reflect on the challenge of building UX that works for people while maintaining the spirit of decentralization, and finally, where she sees the space developing.

  • Episode 47: Chat with Richard Craib from Numerai

    October 17th, 2018  |  43 mins 19 secs
    blockchain, decentralized, erasure, ethereum, hedge fund, numerai, predictions market

    In this episode, we sit down with Richard Craib from Numerai to talk about crowdsourcing the role of a quant, how Numerai developed, their new Erasure project, DApp adoption in Ethereum and what it's like to build a hedge fund fulled by a crypto token.

  • Episode 46: Gavin Wood on Polkadot, Sharding and Substrate

    October 10th, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins
    blockchain, polkadot, sharding, substrate, web3

    We finally sit down with Gavin to go through a bit of what Parity has been working on with Polkadot and Substrate. We talk about Polkadot early history and who was involved and where the idea spawned, up to coding practices and where Substrate became a thing.