Zero Knowledge is a podcast which goes deep into the tech that will power the emerging Web3 and the community that is building it. The podcast is made for fellow developers and people looking to educate themselves on the inner workings of the space.
We try to be non-speculative, don't talk (much) trading and want to 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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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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.