January 15th, 2020 | 55 mins 29 secs
aztec protocol, cryptography, lagrange-bases, plonk, polynomial commitments, zero knowledge
In this week’s episode, we learn more about Plonk with Ariel Gabizon and Zac Williamson from Aztec. PLONK is an efficient, universal SNARK construction. We explore what distinguishes Plonk from some other other new constructions including their focus on Lagrange-bases to deconstruct complex problem statements into simple polynomial identities.
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.
October 9th, 2019 | 55 mins 3 secs
beam protocol, blockchain, mimblewimble, privacy, privacy tech, tech talks, zero knowledge
In this week’s episode, Anna sits down with with Alexander Zaidelson and Alex Romanov from BEAM - a Mimblewimble based privacy coin. We discuss how this implementation of the MimbleWimble protocol differs from Grin, how the two groups work together, funding protocol development, how the Beam business model works, and the future of the protocol.
October 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
blockchain, grin protocol, mimblewimble, privacy, privacy tech, tech talks, zero knowledge
In this week’s episode, we chat with Daniel Lehnberg about Grin - an implementation of the MimbleWimble privacy protocol. We cover the story behind MimbleWimble, how Grin first came to be, and how this technology works. We also look back at how this protocol came to be as well as were Daniel sees it going.
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.
July 31st, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
ben fisch, blockchain, dan boneh, merkle trees, privacy, rsa accumulator, scaling, starks, zero knowledge
In this week’s episode, we chat with Ben Fisch, Stanford PhD student working in Dan Boneh's applied cryptography group. In our conversation, we dig into accumulators, Merkle trees & vector commitments.
We also learn a bit about the RSA Accumulator Paper - entitled "Batching Techniques for Accumulators with Applications to IOPs and Stateless Blockchains" - that he co-authored with Benedikt Bünz and touch on some of the ways these can be used.
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.
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.
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!
August 29th, 2018 | 59 mins 59 secs
blockchain, bulletproofs, cryptography, tech, zero knowledge, zero knowledge proofs, zero knowledge research, zksnarks
In this episode, we speak to Benedikt Bünz, the author of Bulletproofs, about this zero knowledge proof system as well as about Verifiable Delay Functions.