May 27th, 2020 | 59 mins 11 secs
blockchain, decentralisation, nyu, proof of necessary work, proof of stake, proof of work, snarks
In this week's episode, Anna and guest host Tarun Chitra chat with Akis Kattis, a PhD student at NYU & the co-author of Proof of Necessary Work: Succinct State Verification with Fairness Guarantees - a paper he co-wrote with Joseph Bonneau. They discuss the challenge of Proof of Useful Work, the unique properties that SNARKs have, such as puzzle hardness, that allow for PoNW to overcome these challenges, PoS SNARK systems, elastic block construction, and more.
November 27th, 2019 | 48 mins 33 secs
cryptography, hash functions, ku leuven, marvellous universe, snarks, starkware, supersonics, zksnark
In this week’s episode, we catchup with Alan Szepieniec, a researchers at Nervos and co-author of the Supersonics paper & the Marvellous family of Hash Functions (which specify the Vision/Rescue cyphers). We chat about his past work in cryptography, how the Supersonics paper came to be, and dive into the new generation of hash functions emerging, including the Marvelous universe.
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.