August 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 2 mins
3 body problem, blockchain, blockchain game, ethereum, learning group, privacy, technology, video game, zero knowledge, zksnarks
In this week's episode, we chat with Brian Gu, a student at MIT and creator of the Dark Forest game. We chat about education in the space, blockchain based games and how Dark Forest was inspired. We then dig into how this game creates an incomplete information game space by using zkSNARKs to create a “cryptographic fog of war” and more!
July 15th, 2020 | 58 mins 6 secs
blockchain, defi, dex, ethereum, finance, snarks, starks, starkware, trading, zkrollup
In this episode, we will be exploring StarkWare + DeversiFi’s collaboration - a Layer 2 Stark powered exchange for Ethereum assets. Guests Tom Brand, product manager at Starkware, and Will Harborne, co-founder of DeversiFi, discuss the project, how it works under the hood, how this Validium solution differs from the layer 2 scaling solutions that have come before (including Plasma, Optimistic rollup and zkRollup) the tradeoffs between these solutions and give us a glimpse into what they have planned for the future.
July 1st, 2020 | 57 mins 13 secs
academic paper, blockchain, cryptography, ethereum, ethereum foundation, math competition, math education
This week, Anna and guest host Tarun Chitra chat with Yan Zhang, professor at SJSU, about math competitions, math education, how crypto is like alchemy and the Gasper paper - work Yan and his students collaborated on with the Ethereum Foundation.
June 17th, 2020 | 58 mins 21 secs
bitcoin, blockchain, blockchain bridges, btc bridges, crypto, cryptocurrency, ethereum, tbtc
In this episode, we chat with Matt Luongo, CEO of Thesis, founder of Keep, and project lead of tBTC. We cover the need for BTC to ETH bridges, what the challenges are in building bridges with BTC, tBTC and how it is setup, what went down with the initial tBTC release - an event the team now refers to as "release candidate 0", and where we might be seeing tBTC go next.
June 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 14 mins
aztec protocol, ethereum, power of tau, semaphore, snark, tornado cash, trusted setup, zcash, zksnark
In this week's episode, Anna explores the recent trusted setups for SNARK systems. She interviews Koh Wei Jie from the Ethereum Foundation, Thomas Walton-Pocock from Aztec Protocol, Brecht Devos from Loopring and Kobi Gurkan from the EF and cLabs. This episode covers the new generation of trusted setups and how these teams are learning from each other and at times, even sharing parts of the trusted set up itself.
March 11th, 2020 | 1 hr 12 mins
blockchain, eth2.0, ethereum, privacy, research, scaling, tech, zero knowledge proofs
In this episode, we catch up with Justin Drake and Vitalik Buterin from the Ethereum Foundation to chat about how zero knowledge proof systems are being used throughout the Eth1x and Eth2.0 stacks. We look at their applications for privacy and scalability throughout layers 1, 1.5 and 2, as well as explore some other emerging applications.
February 26th, 2020 | 1 hr 10 mins
blockchain, decentralised finance, defi, ethereum, evm, flashloan, flashloans, near protocol, proof-of-stake
In this week's episode, we catch up with our friends Tarun Chitra and James Prestwich at the Stanford Blockchain Conference. We chat about the Flashloan phenomenon & the recent arbitrage 'exploit'. We also catch up about the known challenges facing PoS systems, what EVM support means on other chains & more!
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.
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.
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.