Look! There! Where? co-host @zeroknowledgefm, zkSummit, zkValidator, zkMesh newsletter, co-founder
February 19th, 2020 | 1 hr 23 secs
blockchain, cryptography, isogenies, math, morphisms, tech education, vdfs, verifiable delay functions
In this week’s episode, we dive into Isogenies - a topic at the cutting edge of cryptography. We look at how they are related to VDFs and randomness generation. Our guest, Luca de Feo, one of the co-inventor of SIDH, helps us get an understanding for what Isogenies - or morphisms of algebraic groups - really are.
February 12th, 2020 | 56 mins 26 secs
blockchain, ethereum, matter labs, redshift, sidechain, zero knowledge proofs, zkrollup, zksnarks, zksync
In this week's episode of the podcast, we catch up with Alex Glukowski of Matter Labs to hear about zkSync, the latest iteration of their zkRollup implementation built to be a scaling and privacy engine for Ethereum. We also touch on the Redshift protocol, a new transparent zkSNARK system that emerged as a result of their work on this system.
February 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 2 mins
cosmos network, cryptography, ibc, interoperability, zero knowledge proofs, zkproofs
In this week’s episode, we catch up with Christopher Goes, IBC Lead at Tendermint. We learn a bit more about the Cosmos Network ecosystem and his work on IBC. We then focus in on how he is thinking about zero knowledge in the context of IBC like-interoperability constructions. We explore some of the ways in which zkps could be incorporated into different schemes for interoperability - including bridging, lightclient constructions, validity proofs and more.
January 29th, 2020 | 50 mins 51 secs
cryptography, fractal protocol, math, recursive snarks, uc berkeley, zero knowledge, zksnarks
This week, we explore the Fractal transparent SNARK construction with its authors Dev Ojha and Nick Spooner - both students of Alessandro Chiesa at UC Berkeley. In this episode, We explore how Fractal works, how it improves on some of the earlier work on Sonic and Marlin, how it borrows from but differentiates itself from STARKs, as well as what they discovered while working on this paper about recursive SNARKs and what makes that property possible.
January 22nd, 2020 | 51 mins 49 secs
blockchain, coda protocol, cryptography, privacy, recursive snarks, snark, zero knowledge proof, zksnarks
In this week’s episode, we catch up with Izaak Meckler from 0(1) Labs to talk about launching a recursive snark based incentivised test net, updates on the working SNARKitecture, a recap of recursive SNARKs and a look at what's next for the project.
January 15th, 2020 | 55 mins 29 secs
aztec protocol, cryptography, lagrange-bases, plonk, polynomial commitments, zero knowledge
In this week’s episode, we learn more about Plonk with Ariel Gabizon and Zac Williamson from Aztec. PLONK is an efficient, universal SNARK construction. We explore what distinguishes Plonk from some other other new constructions including their focus on Lagrange-bases to deconstruct complex problem statements into simple polynomial identities.
January 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
blockchain, cryptocurrency, ethereum, mixer, privacy, technology
In this week’s episode, we chat with Roman Storm and Roman Semanov from Tornado.cash all about mixers. We explore what they are used for and how they work, how Zero Knowledge can be incorporated to provide more privacy, what the challenges are and what the future holds for the Tornado.Cash project.
January 1st, 2020 | 48 mins 30 secs
2020, blockchain, cryptography, privacy technology, year in review, zero knowledge proofs
In this end of year episode, we chat about what we've learned in 2019, some of our favourite episodes, this year's explosion in ZK research and what we are looking forward to in 2020!
December 25th, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
blockchain, privacy software, qedit, standardisation, tech talk, zero knowledge research, zkproofs
In this week’s episode, Anna sits down with Daniel Benarroch and Aviv Zohar from QEDIT - a privacy software startup focused on bringing Zero Knowledge to enterprise customers. We chat about the goals of the company, some of the emerging use cases and the zkproof standardisation efforts.
December 18th, 2019 | 55 mins 39 secs
blockchain, blockchain tech, cosmos, pos, proof-of-stake, silicon valley, tendermint, validator
This week we catch up with Zaki Manian, Director at Tendermint and co-founder of the Iqlusion Validator. We chat about the blockchain scene in Silicon Valley, SF's love of DeFi, the challenge of balancing pragmatism and regulation with the decentralised ideology, the nuances of working on a live PoS system, the wins of 2019 and what is on the horizon!
December 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
blockchain financing, circom, decentralisation, defi, financial services, fintech, privacy, zksnarks, zokrates
In this week’s episode, we catch-up our friend Lucas Vogelsang from Centrifuge. Centrifuge is an open, decentralised platform to connect the global financial supply chain. We chat about the journey Lucas took to co-founding this company, how privacy plays a role in his thinking and we discover what it means to be a project building with zkSNARKs today.
December 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
blockchain, decentralised storage, filecoin, incentive design, ipfs, networking, protocol developement, protocol labs
In this week's episode, we chat with Juan Benet, founder of Protocol Labs, about IPFS, Libp2p, and the much anticipated incentivised decentralised storage protocol Filecoin. We dig into the history of the Filecoin project, the gap in the “market” they are trying to fill, the challenges they have found in the development of the Filecoin protocol and the latest tech they are exploring.
November 27th, 2019 | 48 mins 33 secs
cryptography, hash functions, ku leuven, marvellous universe, snarks, starkware, supersonics, zksnark
In this week’s episode, we catchup with Alan Szepieniec, a researchers at Nervos and co-author of the Supersonics paper & the Marvellous family of Hash Functions (which specify the Vision/Rescue cyphers). We chat about his past work in cryptography, how the Supersonics paper came to be, and dive into the new generation of hash functions emerging, including the Marvelous universe.
November 20th, 2019 | 57 mins 41 secs
blockchain governance, canary network, decentralised network, kusama, polkadot, testnet
In this week’s episode, Anna chats with Fredrik and Nicole Zhu, Developer at Parity Technologies, about the experimental Polkadot Canary Network they call Kusama. We cover how Kusama was developed, the goals of this format and what launching a Chaos Canary Network is all about.
November 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
blockchain, blockchain vdf, cryptography, math education, randomness, security, vdfs, verifiable delay function
In this week’s episode, we sit down with Joseph Bonneau, Assistant Professor at NYU and co-author on the Verifiable Delay Functions (VDFs) paper. We discuss VDFs, what they are, how they were developed and what they can be used for.
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.