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 26th, 2020 | 57 mins 55 secs
aleo, blockchain, functional privacy, privacy technology, zero knowledge, zexe, zksnarks
In this episode, we invite Howard Wu back to the show to share more about his new project Aleo - a privacy-focused blockchain that enables fully private applications. We chat about why you need programming languages for SNARKs, what it is like to switch from VC/Academia to being a founder and the two important things missing in web services, high programmability and true user privacy. The project enables private applications with both data privacy and functional privacy - where the nature of the program running and all activity remains private. It is based on the ZEXE protocol and Proof-of-Succinct-Work.
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!
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 29th, 2020 | 50 mins 51 secs
cryptography, fractal protocol, math, recursive snarks, uc berkeley, zero knowledge, zksnarks
This week, we explore the Fractal transparent SNARK construction with its authors Dev Ojha and Nick Spooner - both students of Alessandro Chiesa at UC Berkeley. In this episode, We explore how Fractal works, how it improves on some of the earlier work on Sonic and Marlin, how it borrows from but differentiates itself from STARKs, as well as what they discovered while working on this paper about recursive SNARKs and what makes that property possible.
January 22nd, 2020 | 51 mins 49 secs
blockchain, coda protocol, cryptography, privacy, recursive snarks, snark, zero knowledge proof, zksnarks
In this week’s episode, we catch up with Izaak Meckler from 0(1) Labs to talk about launching a recursive snark based incentivised test net, updates on the working SNARKitecture, a recap of recursive SNARKs and a look at what's next for the project.
December 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
blockchain financing, circom, decentralisation, defi, financial services, fintech, privacy, zksnarks, zokrates
In this week’s episode, we catch-up our friend Lucas Vogelsang from Centrifuge. Centrifuge is an open, decentralised platform to connect the global financial supply chain. We chat about the journey Lucas took to co-founding this company, how privacy plays a role in his thinking and we discover what it means to be a project building with zkSNARKs today.
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 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!
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.