Zero Knowledge is a podcast which goes deep into the tech that will power the emerging Web3 and the community researching and building this. The podcast is made for fellow developers and people looking to educate themselves on the inner workings of the space.
We are non-speculative and focus on the tech.
Zero Knowledge is hosted by Anna Rose and Fredrik Harryson, two people working in the blockchain industry. Our views do not come from nor represent our companies.
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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.
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.
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.
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.