Zero Knowledge

Where we talk about zero knowledge research and the decentralised web

About the show

Zero Knowledge is a podcast which goes deep into the tech that will power the emerging decentralised web and the community 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 Harrysson. Our views do not come from nor represent our companies.

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  • 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.

  • 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.