September 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 6 mins
cryptography, ethereum, interview, parity, podcasting, tech education, zero knowledge, zero knowledge podcast
In this week’s special episode, we flip the script and invite our friend Alexandra Heller to ask ZKPodcast co-hosts Anna & Fredrik some questions from the audience. It’s a bit of a different format, so hope you will enjoy!
September 2nd, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
blockchain, circom, decentralisation, ethereum, hermez, scaling blockchain, the dao, zero knowledge, zkrollup, zksnarks
In this week's episode, Anna and Fredrik catch up with Jordi Baylina, co-founder of Iden3, the creator of Circom & SnarkJS. They chat about his work in the ecosystem, building zk circuits and the recently announced Hermez, a new zkrollup with a novel proof-of-donation mechanism that will redistribute 40% of earnings to Ethereum-based community projects.
August 12th, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
bitcoin, blockchain, eip1559, elastic block size, ethereum, poker, research
In this episode, Anna and Georgios chat with Hasu, an independent crypto researcher focused on economics and security, about elastic block size proposals in both Bitcoin and Ethereum.
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!