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Epicenter is a podcast about the technologies, projects & people driving decentralization and the global blockchain revolution. Every week, hosts Brian Fabian Crain, Sebastien Couture and Meher Roy find the most interesting people in the industry for in-depth discussions about their projects, ideas and stories. Epicenter is part of the Let's Talk Bitcoin Network.

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#247 Ryan Selkis: Messari – Bringing Transparency and Self-Regulation to the Blockchain Industry
1:07:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Since he started blogging as Two Bit Idiot in 2013, Ryan Selkis has been both industry insider and industry critic. Consistently calling out excesses and abuses, but also maintaining his sights on the long-term potential.</p><p>He recently founded Messari, a project that aims to bring more transparency and fairness to the industry. Messari has narrowed in on siloed, inaccurate and incomplete data as a key factor that allows insiders to profit at the expense of the public. We talked about the various ways in which Messari tackles that problem, ranging from a community-led effort to gather project data to the ambitious goal of a token-curated registry of stand-up projects.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Ryan&#8217;s start into the crypto industry as pseudonymous blogger Two Bit Idiot</li><li>His insights from being the Digital Currency Group&#8217;s first employee</li><li>CoinDesk and the challenges of journalism in crypto</li><li>Why poor and inaccurate information benefits industry insiders at the expense of retail investors</li><li>Messari&#8217;s mission to lead a self-regulatory effort for the crypto industry</li><li>How an open, distributed crypto data library could help create a fairer playing field</li><li>The plans for Messari&#8217;s token-curated registry of projects following reporting standards</li><li>The economics and game theory around the Messari token and TCR</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://messari.io/ " target="_blank">Messari - Crypto News, Pricing, and Research</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/tbis-weekly-bits/introducing-messari-an-open-source-edgar-database-for-cryptoassets-46fec1b402f6 " target="_blank">Introducing Messari: An Open-Source EDGAR Database for Cryptoassets</a></li> <li><a href="https://messari.github.io/tcr/whitepaper.pdf " target="_blank">Messari Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href=" https://medium.com/@twobitidiot/a-token-to-self-regulate-tokens-but-really-a61da77e6a7b " target="_blank">A token to self-regulate tokens. But really.</a></li> <li><a href="https://onchainfx.com/ " target="_blank">Cryptoasset network value, market cap, rankings & metrics | OnChainFX</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/twobitidiot " target="_blank">Ryan Selkis (@twobitidiot) | Twitter</a></li> <li><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DxH-QgSn57BzGC_qAsIElF5UJGg_b10jplqbRs798fQ/viewform?edit_requested=true " target="_blank">Messari Community Analyst Application</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/x8zTE5I1kGU" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-247" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/247/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/RRYO4fxGDgI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 09, 2018
#246 Guy Zyskind: Enigma – Providing Scalable Privacy-Preservation to Smart Contacts
1:04:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Privacy and scalability are arguably the most challenging issues blockchains face. Scalable privacy-preserving state machines are inherently difficult. While cryptocurrencies like Zcash have proven trustworthy for simple transactions, privacy in smart contract platforms is an entirely different animal.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Guy Zyskind, CEO of Enigma, a platform for scalable decentralized apps which preserves privacy. The Enigma network treats Ethereum smart contracts as “secret contracts” and can perform computations on encrypted data. Inputs are broken into pieces and distributed to network nodes which perform computations on a segment of the full data. Once returned to the Ethreum chain, data is reassembled and may be decrypted to reveal the result. Leveraging secure multi-party computation and Trusted Execution Environments (TEE), Enigma prevents a malicious actor from gaining access to the input data and the computation results.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Guy&#8217;s background and secure computation research at MIT</li><li>The different approaches to privacy preservation in computing</li><li>The different multi-party computations methods and how they work</li><li>Fully Homomorphic Encryption in the context of MPC</li><li>How Enigma would preserve privacy for a simple application like tallying votes</li><li>How Enigma reads encrypted data from the Ethereum network and leverages Trusted Execution Environments to perform computations</li><li>How developers build smart contracts which use Enigma</li><li>The role of the Enigma token as an incentive mechanism</li><li>How Enigma ensures network availability by penalizing nodes which go offline</li><li>The current state of the project and upcoming milestones</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://enigma.co/ " target="_blank">Enigma Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://enigma.co/protocol/ " target="_blank">Enigma Protocol Docs</a></li> <li><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/enigmaco-website/uploads/pdf/enigma_full.pdf " target="_blank">Enigma White Paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/enigmaco-website/uploads/pdf/ZNP15.pdf " target="_blank">Decentralizing Privacy: Using Blockchain to Protect Personal Data</a></li> <li><a href="https://web.media.mit.edu/~guyzys/ " target="_blank">Guy Zyskind's Personal Website</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Sébastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/ajAUByRZGWM" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-246" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/246/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/XlPKCyMT2sc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 02, 2018
#245 Martin Becze: Primea – The Next-Generation Blockchain Operating System
1:05:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Martin Becze is a researcher at Dfinity working on a next-generation “Blockchain Operating System” called Primea &#8211; a continuation of his work on the eWASM project from his time at the Ethereum Foundation. Primea is an actor based IPC layer intended for use with WebAssembly programs.</p><p>Martin first learned about Ethereum in 2014 and was immediately drawn into the possibilities opened by having a contracting virtual machines on a blockchain. While the EVM was impressive, Martin saw the possibility for greater usability and efficiency by using the new WebAssembly standards being created, and so led a team at the Ethereum Foundation in the creation of a new blockchain virtual machine, called eWASM. We learn about Martin&#8217;s experience on the eWASM project and how the limitations of backwards compatibility led him to begin writing a brand new execution environment from scratch, rethinking some of the core designs and mechanics of the EVM &#8211; this project became known as Primea. Martin explains many of the fundamental design shifts involved with the Primea platform, including his focus on using the actor-based model and object capabilities (and what these even mean!). He also lays out how the Primea platform fits into the larger design of the Dfinity blockchain.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>eWASM &#8211; Ethereum flavored WebAssembly (eWASM) Design.</li><li>Primea &#8211; an actor based IPC layer intended for use with WebAssembly programs.</li><li>Webassembly</li><li>Dfinity &#8211; blockchain-based cloud computing project. Its aim is to develop a decentralized internet computer that will become the cloud 3.0.</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=%23&ved=2ahUKEwiVz5DIn7fcAhWNEnwKHTKhDoMQwqsBMAJ6BAgKEA8&usg=AOvVaw0VTJzWxrN8ZFOD4xbU2nov " target="_blank">Primea GitHub</a></li> <li><a href="https://youtu.be/WFOMP0qtCGo " target="_blank">Communication Semantics - Edcon talk</a></li> <li><a href="https://youtu.be/Su1XcxMltgw " target="_blank">Primea Technical Deep Dive - EthCC talk</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/ovGM2FTq0Kk" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-245" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/245/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/DKBzdOKSnc8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 24, 2018
#244 Anthony Lusardi: Ethereum Classic Cooperative – Accelerating the Growth of ETC
1:04:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>The 2016 Ethereum hard fork left us with two distinct Ethereum chains. While the main Ethereum chain dwarfs Ethereum Classic in terms of market cap, ETC has sustained its position as a significant actor in the broader blockchain ecosystem. ETC&#8217;s recent listing on Coinbase demonstrates its credibility as a significant industry player. </p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Anthony Lusardi, Director of the Ethereum Classic Cooperative, an organization who&#8217;s goal is to promote the development of the Ethereum Classic Network. Similarly to other industry organizations, The Cooperative invests in core development of the ETC blockchain, community building, marketing, and brand awareness.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Anthony&#8217;s background and how he became involved in the crypto community</li><li>The Ethereum Classic Cooperative and the goals of the organization</li><li>What the ETC ecosystem looks like two years after the fork</li><li>The people and companies contributing to the project and building on the platform</li><li>The overlap and friction points with the broader Ethereum community</li><li>ETC&#8217;s unique value proposition as a blockchain platform</li><li>SputnikVM as an alternative to the Ethereum Virtual Machine</li><li>The potential attack vectors on ETC, including 51% attacks</li><li>Why the ETC community stands behind Proof-of-Work</li><li>The Cooperative&#8217;s plans to remain relevant and the project&#8217;s development roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://etccooperative.org" target="_blank">Ethereum Classic Cooperative Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://ethereumclassic.org" target="_blank">Ethereum Classic Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.crypto51.app" target="_blank">Crypto51: Cost of a 51% Attack for Different Cryptocurrencies</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/eth_classic" target="_blank">@eth_classic on Twitter</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Sébastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/rA3jCNcPm3I" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-244" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/244/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/gnnUjA3ozAY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 17, 2018
#243 Evan Shapiro & Izaak Meckler: Coda – A Succinct Blockchain
12:53:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>One of the key scalability challenges with public cryptocurrency blockchains is that their size grows linearly with the number of transactions. Mature blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum contain &gt;170GB and &gt;1 TB of historical data respectively. New nodes joining these chains need to download this data and verify it in order to become a &#8220;full node&#8221;. The number of full nodes is a key measure of decentralization, and difficulty becoming a full node translates into future centralization.</p><p>In this episode, we are joined by the duo of Evan Shapiro and Izaak Meckler, CEO and CTO at O(1) Labs respectively. O(1) Labs is a pioneering company that uses zkSNARK technology in order to construct a cryptocurrency blockchain, called Coda, that solves the blockchain size scalability bottleneck. New nodes joining the Coda network will be able to trustlessly boot up in under a minute by verifying cryptographic proofs that attest to the validity of the current chain. This technology has great potential to enable decentralization, and for one blockchain to be a light client of another blockchain.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Scalability challenges of current cryptocurrencies</li><li>Background on O(1) Labs and their mission statement</li><li>How Coda uses succinct computational integrity technology (zkSNARKs) to enable further decentralization of blockchains</li><li>Snarky &#8211; a domain specific language for zkSNARK computations</li><li>Current state of Coda and roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://codaprotocol.com/ " target="_blank">Coda protocol website</a></li> <li><a href="https://codaprotocol.com/static/coda-whitepaper-05-10-2018-0.pdf " target="_blank">Coda Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYn6mTwJriw " target="_blank">Presentation on Snarkly by Izzak Meckler</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.ethereum.org/2016/12/05/zksnarks-in-a-nutshell/ " target="_blank">zkSNARKs in a nutshell by Christian Reitweissner</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@VitalikButerin/quadratic-arithmetic-programs-from-zero-to-hero-f6d558cea649 " target="_blank">zkSNARKs in a nutshell by Vitalik Buterin</a></li> <li><a href=" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWVGATxEB6M" target="_blank">Coda presentation at hack.summit("blockchain") 2018</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/4AJKUGNwzZ0" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-243" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/243/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/2gjVK0oEE6A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 12, 2018
#242 Neha Narula: MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative – A Research-Driven Approach to Blockchain
1:15:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>When the Bitcoin Foundation fell apart and funding for Bitcoin core development was needed, the MIT founded the Digital Currency Initiative to step in. In the years since, the DCI has evolved into a vibrant center of cutting edge research on some of the most difficult challenges around blockchain technology.</p><p>DCI Director Neha Narula joined us to discuss the DCI&#8217;s position between academia and industry, their policy on conflicts of interest, and their most fascinating research topics.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How her interest in distributed systems and scaling lead led her to the blockchain space</li><li>The mission and history of the MIT&#8217;s Digital Currency Initiative</li><li>How cryptocurrency might evolve over time as an academic field</li><li>The DCI&#8217;s project on digital fiat currency</li><li>How zkLedger could enable privacy-preserving auditing for distributed ledgers</li><li>Why sharding is unlikely to succeed in the short- and medium term</li><li>Why Neha is most optimistic about layer 2 approaches to scaling like lightning network</li><li>The story of discovering and writing about IOTA&#8217;s vulnerability</li><li>How DCI handles conflicts of interest and strives for neutrality</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://dci.mit.edu/ " target="_blank">MIT Digital Currency Initiative</a></li> <li><a href="http://nehanarula.org/ " target="_blank">Neha Narula Personal Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/mit-media-lab-digital-currency-initiative/whats-new-at-mit-s-digital-currency-initiative-9d53c39502d3 " target="_blank">What’s New at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/mit-media-lab-digital-currency-initiative/the-importance-of-layer-2-105189f72102 " target="_blank">The Importance of Layer 2</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@neha/cryptographic-vulnerabilities-in-iota-9a6a9ddc4367 " target="_blank">Cryptographic vulnerabilities in IOTA</a></li> <li><a href="https://dci.mit.edu/zkledger/ " target="_blank">zkLedger | the future of audit</a></li> <li><a href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59aae5e9a803bb10bedeb03e/t/5aa1b35ce4966bd538d3f1d2/1520546653653/zkledger.pdf " target="_blank">zkLedger Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/neha_narula_the_future_of_money " target="_blank">Neha Narula: The future of money | TED Talk</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/4cm8hr0oFDU" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-242" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/242/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/w0ojyNJmdes" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 04, 2018
#241 Eric Larchevêque: Ledger – How to Build an Industry-Leading Cryptocurrency Security Company
1:14:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Before founding what is now one of the most successful companies in the cryptocurrency industry, Eric Larchevêque and his co-founder opened La Maison du Bitcoin, a Bitcoin education center and co-working space in the second district of Paris. It was through chance encounters in this space that Leger was born in the basement of 35 rue du Caire, where the company also operated a Bitcoin exchange desk and a handful of crypto miners.</p><p>Eric Larchevêque, CEO of Ledger, joins us again since his <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/040/">last appearance</a> as a guest 200 episodes ago. We discuss the meteoric rise of Ledger from a ten-person team to now nearly 150 people across three continents. This fascinating discussion is a master class in product development, scaling at lightning speed, and staying true to your vision when everyone is pushing you to change course.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Eric&#8217;s background and how he became involved in the Bitcoin space</li><li>La Maison du Bitcoin and the early days of Ledger in Paris</li><li>The meteoric growth of Ledger and how the company managed to scale without imploding</li><li>The appointment of Pascal Gautier as President how to hire the right people when scaling fast</li><li>Ledger&#8217;s various funding rounds and lessons learned from working with corporate investors</li><li>The particularities of building products for the crypto community</li><li>Ledger&#8217;s product lineup (Nano S, Blue, and Vault) and target clients</li><li>The upcoming release of the revamped wallet app</li><li>Ledger Vault as a security solution for institutional investors</li><li>Ledger&#8217;s hardware technology and rock-solid approach to security</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.ledgerwallet.com " target="_blank">Ledger Wallet Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ledger.fr " target="_blank">Ledger Corporate Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://lamaisondubitcoin.fr " target="_blank">CoinHouse (formerly La Maison du Bitcoin)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ledger.fr/2018/02/23/announcing-new-ledger-wallet-desktop-mobile-applications/ " target="_blank">Announcing the new Ledger Wallet desktop and mobile applications</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ledger.fr/2017/09/21/former-criteo-coo-joins-leading-security-player-in-cryptocurrency-space/ " target="_blank">Former CRITEO COO joins leading security player in Cryptocurrency space</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ledger.fr/2018/01/18/ledger-raises-usd-75-million-secure-cryptocurrency-assets/ " target="_blank">Ledger raises USD 75 million to secure cryptocurrency assets</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/8TK2OQcG5vE" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-241" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/241/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/KCN6445ykTI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 27, 2018
#240 Pamela Morgan: Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning
1:09:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>While many cryptocurrency holders have thought about how to secure their assets, how to pass on cryptoassets in case of one&#8217;s death is rarely on people&#8217;s mind. Lawyer Pamela Morgan has been helping people and organizations build solutions to safely store their cryptoassets and has recently turned her attention to inheritance planning. Though we have often explored the <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/149/">legal issues</a> surrounding <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/125/">blockchains</a> and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/198/">cryptocurrencies</a> on Epicenter, never have we discussed the topic of inheritance.</p><p>We discussed her new book “Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning” and how people can design a simple plan to give heirs a high chance of recovering assets in less than an hour.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How an impassioned talk on Bitcoin by Andreas Antonopoulos started her crypto journey</li><li>Common misconceptions lawyers have about crypto</li><li>Her work through Empowered Law on educating lawyers</li><li>Third Key Solutions and building non-custodial key management solutions</li><li>The most frequent mistakes people make when it comes to protecting cryptoassets</li><li>How to do inheritance planning for cryptoassets</li><li>Differentiating between technical and legal aspects to inheritance planning</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://empoweredlaw.com/" target="_blank">Empowered Law – Law and Education to Empower the World</a></li> <li><a href="https://thirdkey.solutions/" target="_blank">Third Key Solutions – Non-Custodial Key Management and Consulting Services</a></li> <li><a href="https://amazon.com/Cryptoasset-Inheritance-Planning-Simple-Owners/dp/1947910116?sa-no-redirect=1" target="_blank">Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning Book</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@pamelawjd/inheritance-planning-for-cryptocurrencies-3-steps-in-3-minutes-83ebb3e916a2" target="_blank">Inheritance Planning for Cryptocurrencies: 3 Steps in 3 Minutes</a></li> <li><a href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/disaster-strikes-developing-recovery-plan-bitcoin-digital-tokens-1438642228/" target="_blank">When Disaster Strikes: Developing a Recovery Plan for Bitcoin and Digital Tokens</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/pamelawjd" target="_blank">Pamela Morgan on Twitter</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/GAxteKBdtdU" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-240" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/240/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/GP8wQeeEgXk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 21, 2018
#239 Grigore Rosu: The K Framework – A Framework to Formally Define All Programming Languages
1:28:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>In the past few years, we witnessed the development of multiple smart contract languages &#8211; Solidity, Viper, Michelson, Scilla etc. These languages need to enable developers to write correct, predictable behavior smart contract code. Each language development effort therefore ends up spending resources into building formal verification toolsets, compilers, debuggers and other developer tools.</p><p>In this episode, we are joined by Grigore Rosu, Professor of computer science at UIUC (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) for a deep dive into the K framework. The K framework is mathematic logic and language that enables language developers to <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/221/">formally define</a> all programming languages; such as C, Solidity and JavaScript. Once a language is formally specified in the K framework, the framework automatically outputs a range of formal verification toolsets, compilers, debuggers and other developer tools for it. Updates to the language can be made directly in K. This technology has massive implications for smart contract programming language development, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/238/">formal verification</a> efforts in the blockchain space.</p><p>We also cover his efforts to express the Ethereum virtual machine using the K framework, and to develop a new virtual machine technology, called IELE, specifically tailored to the blockchain space. Check out the episode to understand a game changing technology in the formal verification and smart contract safety space.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Grigore&#8217;s background with NASA and work on formally verified correct software</li><li>Motivations to develop K framework</li><li>Basic principles behind the operation of K framework</li><li>How K deals with undefined behavior / ambiguities in a language definition</li><li>The intersection of K framework and smart contract technology</li><li>Runtime Verification&#8217;s collaboration with Cardano</li><li>KEVM and IELE, smart contract virtual machines developed by Runtime Verification</li><li>Broader implications of the K framework for the blockchain industry</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://fsl.cs.illinois.edu/FSL/papers/2015/hathhorn-ellison-rosu-2015-pldi/hathhorn-ellison-rosu-2015-pldi-public.pdf" target="_blank">Defining the undefinedness of C - formalisation of C using the K framework</a></li> <li><a href="https://iohk.io/blog/iele-a-new-virtual-machine-for-the-blockchain" target="_blank">IELE - a new virtual machine for the blockchain</a></li> <li><a href="https://runtimeverification.com/team/" target="_blank">Runtime verification - Grigore's company</a></li> <li><a href="https://github.com/kframework/evm-semantics" target="_blank">K Semantics of the Ethereum Virtual Machine</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iavSKtqjVNA" target="_blank">Short video on Grigore's partnership with Cardano</a></li> <li><a href="https://runtimeverification.com/blog/k-framework-an-overview/" target="_blank">An overview of the K framework by Runtime Verification</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1567832610000160" target="_blank">A detailed technical overview of the K semantic framework</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/JFOnoqAplAY" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-239" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/239/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/0OfSkm0eBhA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 12, 2018
#238 Amrit Kumar & Ilya Sergey: Scilla – A Formal Verification Oriented Contract Language
1:11:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>With the rise of smart contract technology, we&#8217;ve become acutely aware of the need for smart contract code to accurately reflect the intentions of its author; and for the code to have certain (safe) behaviors in all circumstances. Creating the languages and software tools to enable ordinary developers to write safe contracts has become an intense research endeavor in the cryptocurrency space.</p><p>Scilla is a Turing incomplete intermediate level language; inspired from the paradigms of functional programming and formal verification; that makes it easy for smart contract developers to automatically prove statements about smart contract behavior. For example, Scilla could allow a future multi-signature smart contract author to mathematically prove that funds in that contract would always be retrievable by certain addresses (and never get stuck like the Parity incident). The ability to mathematically prove such safety properties of the smart contract has the potential to be an enabling invention prior to widescale use of this technology.</p><p>In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Amrit Kumar and Dr. Ilya Sergey to discuss Scilla, the smart contract language of the upcoming Zilliqa blockchain. In a previous episode, we&#8217;ve already covered the vision and technical approach of Zilliqa to solve the transaction scalability problem of permissionless blockchains. This episode focuses specifically on their smart contract language development efforts.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Updated on Zilliqa&#8217;s progress since our last episode</li><li>The technology of mechanised proofs</li><li>Dr. Ilya Serger&#8217;s effort to mechanically prove safety properties of a blockchain consensus network</li><li>Aims of the Scilla language</li><li>Future capabilities enabled by the Scilla language</li><li>Developer experience and perspective using formal verification tools</li><li>How Scilla compares to Michelson, Tezos&#8217; approach to smart contract languages with a similar end goal</li><li>Current state of development of Scilla, and next milestones</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dppk6n9LHBk" target="_blank">Our previous episode on the Zilliqa platform</a></li> <li><a href="http://ilyasergey.net/papers/toychain-accepted.pdf" target="_blank">Ilya Sergey's paper on mechanising blockchain consensus</a></li> <li><a href="https://arxiv.org/abs/1801.00687" target="_blank">Scilla whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.michelson-lang.com/" target="_blank">Michelson, Tezos platform's smart contract language</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.zilliqa.com/" target="_blank">Zilliqa blog for updates on platform development</a></li> <li><a href="https://coq.inria.fr/" target="_blank">Coq, a formal proof management system</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/tPqnK2iNGZo" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-238" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/238/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/qLgE8sVagig" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 06, 2018
#237 Matan Field: DAOstack – An Operating System for Collective Intelligence
1:08:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>As a society, we have organized as tribes, hierarchies, and markets to accomplish the most impressive of achievements. Human cooperation and collective organization are present at nearly every significant milestone in the history of human civilization. As we move towards an increasingly connected and automated society and economy, there will become a need for decentralized infrastructure which enables companies and markets to make fast decisions at scale.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Matan Field, CEO of DAOstack, a new platform that aims to become the operating system for collective intelligence. DAOstack is building a toolset to allow decentralized governance and building self-organizing collectives at scale.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Matan&#8217;s background and journey since founding Backfeed</li><li>What is a DAO and the necessary components to create a functional DAO</li><li>The role of DAOs in today&#8217;s society and over the long-term</li><li>DAOstack as “WordPress for DAOs”</li><li>The different layers of DAOstack and their respective roles</li><li>Holographic Consensus and the governance model of the DAOstack Genesis DAO</li><li>The purpose of the GEN token and the idea of circular token economies</li><li>DAOstacks recent crowdsale and upcoming project roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://daostack.io" target="_blank">DAOstack Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25wtmzBG1Yg" target="_blank">DAOstack Introduction Video</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/daostack" target="_blank">DAOstack on Medium</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/daostack/an-explanation-of-daostack-in-fairly-simple-terms-d0e034739c5a" target="_blank">An Explanation of DAOstack in Fairly Simple Terms</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/daostack/decentralized-governance-first-principles-1fc6eaa492ed" target="_blank">Decentralized Governance Matters</a></li> <li><a href="https://daostack.io/wp/DAOstack-White-Paper-en.pdf" target="_blank">DAOstack White Paper</a></li> <li><a href="http://epicenter.tv/115" target="_blank">Epicenter Episode 115 with Matan Field on Backfeed</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/zbn_W9b24SM" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-237" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/237/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/_qCst-C_Gps" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 31, 2018
#236 Luis Cuende: Aragon – Decentralized Governance and the Fight for Freedom
12:56:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Aragon Founder Luis Cuende joined us to discuss their work on building tools for decentralized governance. We covered the origins of his deep drive, why this is a crucial fight for humanity and the tools that Aragon has built.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Luis became an advisor to the European Commissionas as a 16-year old</li><li>Why freedom and technology became Luis&#8217; prime obsession</li><li>The origin story and vision of Aragon</li><li>The risk surveillance and authoritarianism pose to humanity</li><li>Why decentralized governance is the key to freedom</li><li>How to think about inequality and blockchain governance</li><li>Why on-chain governance makes more sense on application than protocol level</li><li>AragonOS and its different applications</li><li>The Aragon Network Token and potential role in a decentralized court system</li><li>The road to decentralizing Aragon organizationally</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://aragon.one/network/" target="_blank">Aragon Network</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.aragon.one/the-aragon-manifesto-4a21212eac03" target="_blank">The Aragon Manifesto</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.aragon.one/decentralized-organizations-can-solve-the-worlds-worst-problems-840db6255d12" target="_blank">Decentralized organizations can solve the world’s worst problems</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=AqjIWmiAidw" target="_blank">Aragon - The fight for freedom Video</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.aragon.one/decentralizing-aragons-development-5062fd6d135d" target="_blank">Decentralizing Aragon’s development – Aragon</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.aragon.one/decentralizing-aragons-development-ii-minimum-viable-foundation-8ec1f9a13ebc" target="_blank">Decentralizing Aragon’s development II: Minimum Viable Foundation</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.aragon.one/decentralizing-aragons-development-iii-onboarding-new-teams-32786cb805a5" target="_blank">Decentralizing Aragon's development III: Onboarding new teams</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/f1gbRmb9Dyo" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-236" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/236/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/nYzQWK11ufM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 24, 2018
#235 Changpeng Zhao: The Meteoric Rise of Crypto Exchange Binance
1:21:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>The rise of Binance is one of the most astonishing stories in the blockchain space. Within less than a year of its launch, Binance has become the most popular crypto exchange trading over $2bn per day. In the past quarter, Binance made profits of $200m, likely the fastest company ever to reach this success.</p><p>Binance Founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao (&#8220;CZ&#8221;) joined us to discuss why he started Binance and the extraordinary organization they built. We discussed the role of the Binance token, how their strong commitment to values helped build a loyal community, and how he sees the organization evolve in the future.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>CZ&#8217;s journey in the blockchain space from blockchain.info, to OKCoin to founding Binance</li><li>The astonishing rise of Binance to $200m/quarter profits in less than 1 year</li><li>How Binance went from deciding to do an ICO to finishing it in 2 weeks</li><li>Why strong values are a key differentiator for Binance</li><li>How Binance built a vibrant and loyal community</li><li>The critical role of the Binance token in its success</li><li>The principles CZ uses to run an efficient distributed organization</li><li>How regulatory competition is rapidly improving the conditions to build crypto companies</li><li>Binance&#8217;s plans to build a decentralized exchange</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.binance.com/" target="_blank">Binance Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/pamelaambler/2018/02/07/changpeng-zhao-binance-exchange-crypto-cryptocurrency/#6dc89f421eee" target="_blank">From Zero To Crypto Billionaire In Under A Year: Meet The Founder Of Binance</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-23/the-world-s-biggest-cryptocurrency-exchange-is-moving-to-malta" target="_blank">The World's Biggest Crypto Exchange Is Heading to Malta</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8XNRTfPgZI" target="_blank">Binance CEO: The Future of Cryptocurrency - YouTube</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.binance.com/resources/ico/Binance_WhitePaper_en.pdf" target="_blank">Binance Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://steemit.com/binance/@czbinance/5mm9uo-i-don-t-like-big-icos" target="_blank">I Don't Like Big ICOs</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/binanceexchange/icos-not-just-good-to-have-but-necessary-543916b7e76" target="_blank">ICOs — Not Just “Good-to-Have,” But Necessary</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/dEaxQneanIY" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-235" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/235/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/ukhpvTUzELM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 16, 2018
#234 Charles Hoskinson: Cardano – A Third Generation Smart Contract Blockchain
1:36:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>We are joined by Charles Hoskinson, who played an early role in developing Ethereum and BitShares, and is currently the CEO of IOHK. IOHK is an engineering company that undertakes cryptocurrency research, contributes development efforts to the Ethereum Classic ecosystem, and is spearheading the release of Cardano &#8211; a third generation blockchain protocol. IOHK has made the news recently after the publication of fundamental research papers on the Proofs of Proof of Work and the Ouroboros PoS algorithm, and its recruitment of highly rated academics.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>IOHK&#8217;s role in the Ethereum Classic ecosystem, and how Ethereum Classic differs from Cardano</li><li>Cardano as a &#8220;&#8221;third generation blockchain&#8221;&#8221; and what this means</li><li>Governance system of Cardano and the challenges behind developing a decentralized governance system</li><li>Ouroboros PoS algorithm &#8211; why was it developed and what&#8217;s special about it</li><li>Ouroboros Genesis: how full nodes can be bootstrapped without requiring checkpoints</li><li>Cardano&#8217;s bet on K framework for smart contract execution</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://iohk.io/research/papers/#NSJ554WR" target="_blank">IOHK analysis of the Dash governance system</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCeK_4o-NCc" target="_blank">Ouroboros Genesis intro by Prof Aggelos Kiayias</a></li> <li><a href="https://eprint.iacr.org/2016/889.pdf" target="_blank">Ouroboros technical paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://eprint.iacr.org/2017/573.pdf" target="_blank">Ouroboros Praos technical paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.algorand.com/" target="_blank">Algorand</a></li> <li><a href="https://fc16.ifca.ai/bitcoin/papers/KLS16.pdf" target="_blank">Proofs of Proof of Work</a></li> <li><a href="http://fsl.cs.illinois.edu/FSL/papers/2017/rosu-2017-marktoberdorf/rosu-2017-marktoberdorf-public.pdf" target="_blank">K Framework formal analysis technical paper</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.kframework.org/index.php/Main_Page" target="_blank">K framework website</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/2DFYBb_zOpc" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-234" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/234/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/yfqAoFhKvXc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 08, 2018
#233 Humayun Sheikh & Toby Simpson: Fetch.ai – an intelligent learning blockchain network
1:05:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>We are joined by Humayun Sheikh and Toby Simpson, founders of the Fetch.ai project. Humayun Sheikh is well known as the first investor in DeepMind, one of the leading AI companies in the world. This ambitious project seeks to create a self-learning blockchain network that fosters economic activity/combinations between off-chain AI agents. The fetch blockchain network will allow an AI agent, such as a delivery robot, to autonomously discover economic partners that would find its services and data valuable. Towards this goal, Fetch.ai claims to have found solutions to designing a useful proof of work system and building a scalable block chain.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Humayun and Toby&#8217;s background at Deep Mind</li><li>Toby&#8217;s background in the videogames industry building virtual worlds</li><li>The vision behind the Fetch.ai project</li><li>On solutions to useful PoW, salability and the complexity of the project</li><li>Timelines and what to expect from Fetch</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://fetch.ai/technical-introduction" target="_blank">Fetch.ai white paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aJKtSVkhlw" target="_blank">Fetch.ai video</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.alphagomovie.com/" target="_blank">Documentary from DeepMind on AlphaGo</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVyv4t0OKe4" target="_blank">Mike Hearn autonomous agents and Bitcoin talk</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/NQ3zbo7KNXA" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-233" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/233/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/NB0T4zIkpfw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 02, 2018
#232 Karl Floersch: Plasma Cash and the Ethereum Roadmap
1:10:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Ethereum Foundation researcher Karl Floersch joined us to discuss the main projects to upgrade Ethereum: Casper, Sharding and Plasma. Karl has been playing a key role in creating a new and simpler specification for Ethereum sidechains called Plasma Cash. We discussed the evolution of the Plasma project and what Ethereum&#8217;s evolution in the coming years could look like.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Karl originally became involved in Ethereum</li><li>The role of Casper, Sharding and Plasma in the Ethereum roadmap</li><li>The problems with the original Plasma concept</li><li>How Plasma Cash provides a simple scalability solution</li><li>The challenge of data availability</li><li>Use cases and timeline for Plasma</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://karl.tech/plasma-cash-simple-spec/" target="_blank">Plasma Cash Simple Spec</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTc_2tyT_lY&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">Ethereum Plasma MVP Overview</a></li> <li><a href="https://ethresear.ch/t/plasma-cash-plasma-with-much-less-per-user-data-checking/1298" target="_blank">Plasma Cash Discussion on Ethereum Research</a></li> <li><a href="http://cryptoeconomics.study/" target="_blank">Cryptoeconomics: An Introduction</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOQmnhQrq_U" target="_blank">Plasma & The Public Ethereum Chain - Joseph Poon (Ethereal Summit 2017)</a></li> <li><a href="https://plasma.io/plasma.pdf" target="_blank">Plasma - Original Whitepaper</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/1e-SGg-E2dE" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-232" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/232/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/x3Rg3ueHDGk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 24, 2018
#231 Ajay Prakash & Gavin Brennen: Qubit Protocol – Quantum Computing & The Coming Threat to Crypto
1:12:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>With the advent of mature quantum technologies, many of the critical cryptographic protocols which secure the Internet, financial transactions and even military secrets may become susceptible to new attack vectors. For instance, while it may take a computer millions of years to decipher a public key’s corresponding private key, a sufficiently powerful quantum computer might achieve this in a reasonable amount of time. With this reality looming over us, many in the blockchain space worry that someone with access to a quantum computer might one day have the ability to steal their hard-earned crypto.</p><p>We’re joined by Ajay Prakash and Gavin Brennen, founders of the Qubit Protocol, a decentralized blockchain-enabled governance protocol that is meant to select and fund the best startups in the quantum world. As a co-author of the recent paper “Quantum attacks on Bitcoin, and how to protect against them,” Gavin walks us through the primary threats that quantum computing poses on Bitcoin. Among the major vulnerabilities are hashing functions and Elliptic Curve algorithms used for digital signatures, both fundamental components of Bitcoin, as well as many other blockchain protocols.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>What are quantum technologies and how they differ from the existing paradigm</li><li>The areas and industries which are to benefit most from quantum computing</li><li>A refresher on hashing algorithms as one-way functions</li><li>What a quantum attack on Bitcoin mining might look like</li><li>How Elliptic Curve digital signature algorithms work and how public and private keys are generated</li><li>The three types of attacks a quantum computer could perform digital signatures</li><li>The expected timelines for these attacks to be viable</li><li>The potential countermeasures which could circumvent quantum attacks on Bitcoin</li><li>The Qubit Protocol as a DAO to fund quantum technology startups and the challenges of investing in the quantum space</li><li>The project’s roadmap and upcoming ICO</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.qubitprotocol.com/" target="_blank">Qubit Protocol</a></li> <li><a href="https://arxiv.org/pdf/1710.10377.pdf" target="_blank">Quantum attacks on Bitcoin, and how to protect against them</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609408/quantum-computers-pose-imminent-threat-to-bitcoin-security/" target="_blank">Quantum Computers Pose Imminent Threat to Bitcoin Security - MIT Technology Review"</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shor%27s_algorithm" target="_blank">Shor's algorithm - Wikipedia</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliptic-curve_cryptography" target="_blank">Elliptic-curve cryptography - Wikipedia</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/sqfiNy27Fz0" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-231" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/231/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/k0y_WIDP_f8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 17, 2018
#230 Loong Wang & Taiyang Zhang: Republic Protocol – A Decentralized & Trustless Crypto Dark Pool
1:00:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Dark pools have existed for as long as there have been financial markets. Over-the-counter, or OTC markets, are sometimes also referred to as &#8216;upstairs trading,&#8217; evoking the era when firms and high-net-worth individuals would meet in the upper quarters of financial markets to make large trades privately. A dark pool is a private forum where one has access to high volumes of liquidity outside the boundaries of public markets. Orders and trades represented in dark pools typically remain confidential outside the purview of the general markets, thus preventing undesirable market impact.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Taiyang Zhang and Loong Wang, who are respectively CEO and CTO of Republic Protocol. Republic operates as a decentralized dark pool for cryptocurrency trading pairs such as Ether, ERC20 tokens, and Bitcoin. Buy and sell orders remain confidential in a hidden order book until matched without any of the parties having access to the underlying details. Trades are settled using cross-chain atomic swaps without the intervention of a trusted third party.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Taiyang and Loong&#8217;s respective backgrounds</li><li>Dark pools, their role in traditional financial markets, and their economic impact</li><li>Dark pools in crypto markets</li><li>The Republic Protocol and the problems it aims to address</li><li>The different components and participants of the Republic Protocol</li><li>The Shamir Secret Sharing Scheme and its role in protecting orders from being divulged to the public</li><li>The role of nodes in Republic Protocol&#8217;s DHT network</li><li>The purpose of the REN token as an incentive mechanism protecting against malicious actors</li><li>Republic Protocol&#8217;s use of atomic swaps for decentralized settlement</li><li>The project&#8217;s recent ICO and release roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://republicprotocol.com" target="_blank">Republic Protocol</a></li> <li><a href="https://github.com/republicprotocol/whitepaper" target="_blank">GitHub - republicprotocol/whitepaper: Republic Protocol whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_pool" target="_blank">Dark pool - Wikipedia</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamir%27s_Secret_Sharing" target="_blank">Shamir's Secret Sharing - Wikipedia</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNPd6_UIoxa15uqR59uFZjw" target="_blank">De/Centralize - YouTube</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/XyByVQk5a90" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-230" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/230/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/5AGNDy9miMM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 11, 2018
#229 Ryan John King: FOAM – A Geospatial Proof of Location Protocol for Blockchains and Dapps
12:57:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>In just over ten years, geospatial tracking has gone from being a niche technology used by the military and outdoor enthusiasts to mass adoption, available to just about every connected device in existence. GPS and other location-tracking systems not only allows us to find our way and share our location but is critical to businesses and governments. However, while GPS has become a standard thanks to its accuracy and availability, decentralized applications can&#8217;t rely on its location data as it can be easily spoofed and lacks reliability.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Ryan John King, CEO of FOAM, a blockchain protocol which aims to offer secure location services independent of external centralized sources such as GPS. FOAM introduces a novel crypto-spacial coordinate system that is better suited to blockchains than standard addresses or latitude and longitude coordinates. It also provides a Proof of Location Protocol, which leverages long-range low-power radio networks, and incentive mechanisms, allowing network participants to arrive at consensus on whether an event or agent is verifiably at a particular point in time and space.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Ryan&#8217;s background and how he became involved in the space</li><li>How geospatial tracking works and the pitfalls of GPS</li><li>The vision for FOAM and the problem it is trying to solve</li><li>The proposed Crypto-Spatial Coordinate Standard</li><li>FOAM&#8217;s Spacial Index fullstack visualizer</li><li>The Proof of Location Protocol proposed by FOAM</li><li>Low-power radio networks and their role in the system</li><li>The civil and business applications for FOAM</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://foam.space/" target="_blank">FOAM Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.foam.space/" target="_blank">FOAM Blog</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/rINgiIK1lug" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-229" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/229/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/voSq8uM8pL4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 04, 2018
#228 Corey Todaro & John Bass: Hashed Health – Rebooting The Healthcare Industry
1:28:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>The healthcare industry is paradoxical. On the one hand, treatment technologies represent some of the most advanced science known to humankind, while some administrative tasks are still performed using paper and fax machine. Studies have shown that the administrative costs of healthcare can represent up to one-third of the total cost of care. Also, as diagnosis, treatment, and care, becomes increasingly data-driven and patient-specific, the industry needs to adopt more secure and robust technologies to manage patient data and communications between the patient and the different participants in the healthcare supply chain.</p><p>We are joined by John Bass and Corey Todaro, who are respectively CEO and CPO of Hashed Health, an innovation firm focused on accelerating the meaningful development of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies for the industry. Hashed Health works to build solutions which leverage blockchain to solve some of the most important challenges facing this sector.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>John and Corey&#8217;s respective backgrounds in the building technology for the healthcare sector</li><li>Nashville as a hub for the US healthcare industry</li><li>What is Hashed Health and what problems the company is trying to solve</li><li>The particular issues facing the US and global healthcare sectors</li><li>How healthcare in the US differs from that of European countries</li><li>The different entities of Hashed Health: Hashed Collective, Hashed Labs, and Hashed Enterprise</li><li>Hashed Enterprise and the products they are building for the industry</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://hashedhealth.com" target="_blank">Hashed Health Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://hashedhealth.com/blog/" target="_blank">Hashed Health Blog</a></li> <li><a href="https://hashedhealth.com/media/podcasts/" target="_blank">Hashed Health Podcast</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/SVJSjQ8wwCk" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-228" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/228/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/D_rLFH1anLE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 29, 2018
#227 Peter Van Valkenburgh: Where US Cryptocurrency Regulation is Heading
1:10:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Over the past year, as cryptocurrencies and ICOs started to go mainstream, we have seen a huge surge in regulatory activities. In the US, many different regulatory bodies including SEC, CFTC and FinCEN stepped forward to regulate crypto projects in different ways. Seemingly contradictory statements have added to confusion and fear of a broad crackdown looming.</p><p>We were joined by CoinCenter Director of Research Peter Van Valkenburgh to shed clarity on recent developments and understand where things are heading.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The recent congressional hearings about cryptocurrencies and ICOs</li><li>How the US regulatory environment for cryptocurrencies evolved in the last year</li><li>Whether overly broad and contradictory regulation is emerging in the US</li><li>Understanding the difference between CFTC and SEC</li><li>Why CFTC regulating existing cryptocurrencies and SEC ICOs would be a good outcome</li><li>Why decentralized exchanges will be a likely target by SEC</li><li>The recent letter by FinCEN about ICOs and money transmission</li><li>Comparing US to European regulation and why the US could end up more friendly</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://coincenter.org/" target="_blank">Coin Center Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://coincenter.org/entry/aml-kyc-tokens" target="_blank">The Bank Secrecy Act, Cryptocurrencies, and New Tokens: What is Known and What Remains Ambiguous</a></li> <li><a href="https://coincenter.org/link/fincen-raises-major-licensing-problem-for-icos-in-new-letter-to-congress" target="_blank">FinCEN raises major licensing problem for ICOs in new letter to Congress.</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=fc0f0845-b3dc-4218-928d-0b972171d1da" target="_blank">Federal Court Adopts CFTC Position on Cryptocurrency Authority</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.sec.gov/news/public-statement/statement-clayton-2017-12-11" target="_blank">SEC.gov | Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.coindesk.com/gibraltar-plans-to-regulate-ico-tokens-as-commercial-products/" target="_blank">Gibraltar Plans to Regulate ICO Tokens as Commercial Products</a></li> <li><a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/182/" target="_blank">E182: Peter Van Valkenburgh - Towards Sound Bitcoin Policy</a></li> <li><a href="https://coincenter.org/donate" target="_blank">Donate to Coin Center</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/1-rEL9ehVrI" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-227" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/227/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/N7rFCm2IVIo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 21, 2018
#226 Bob Summerwill: Sweetbridge – Rewriting the Operating System for the World Economy
1:07:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>According to the World Bank, universal financial access is vital to reducing poverty, and lack of access to credit plays a significant role in widening inequalities between developed and developing nations.<br />For producers at the end of the supply chain, and who typically have little access to capital, waiting for customers to pay for their products puts them at high financial risk and threatens their livelihood. What if there was a way to bring more liquidity to global supply chains, by allowing anyone to create liquidity from their existing assets.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Bob Summerwill, Community Ambassador at Sweetbridge, an ambitious project that aims to change the way global business operates at a fundamental level. While supply chains account for about two-thirds of the World&#8217;s GDP, value is trapped in non-liquid assets sitting in warehouses, on store shelves, or in the form of outstanding invoices. Sweetbridge acts as a sort of OSI model for global business. In the Sweetbridge economy, working capital is freed up by enabling individuals and organizations to borrow from themselves interest-free.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Bob&#8217;s background as a game developer</li><li>How Bob got involved with Ethereum and his role at The Ethereum Foundation</li><li>What is the Sweetbridge and how it aims to transform global business</li><li>How one can use Sweetbirdge to collateralize assets and borrow money</li><li>The different protocol layers of Sweetbridge</li><li>How Bridgecoin and Sweetcoin work, and their respective roles</li><li>The role and goals of the Sweetbridge Alliance</li><li>The upcoming token sale</li><li>The project roadmap and upcoming product releases</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://sweetbridge.com/" target="_blank">Sweetbridge</a></li> <li><a href="https://sweetbridge.com/whitepaper" target="_blank">Sweetbridge Whitepapers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dla42bY7k90" target="_blank">SweetTalk with Vinay Gupta & Scott Nelson</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/i4UDUqXtjMM" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-226" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/226/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/MQYJEX29Ft8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 18, 2018
#225 Anson Zeall: Blockchain in Singapore and South East Asia
12:55:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>We were joined by Anson Zeall, who is one of the leaders of Singapore&#8217;s blockchain and FinTech community. We discussed how the Singapore ecosystem evolved, why it became a popular place to locate cryptocurrency project, its current regulatory framework. We also dove into some of the projects he is currently involved in including one involving tokenizing cows!</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The evoluation of the Singapore blockchain ecosystem and role played by ACCESS</li><li>The favorable mechanics of Singapore&#8217;s regulatory regime</li><li>Singapore&#8217;s experiment to tokenize the Singapore Dollar on Ethereum</li><li>How Anson&#8217;s startup CoinPip uses Bitcoin as a payment rail in South East Asia</li><li>Sentinel Chain and its efforts to provide financial access to the unbanked</li><li>The upcoming Singapore blockchain conference De/Centralize</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://access-sg.org" target="_blank">ACCESS: Association of Cryptocurrency Enterprises and Startups, Singapore</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.coinpip.com" target="_blank">CoinPip</a></li> <li><a href="https://sentinel-chain.org" target="_blank">Sentinel Chain</a></li> <li><a href="https://infocorp.io" target="_blank">InfoCorp - Rebuilding Inclusive Fintech</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.trustnodes.com/2017/06/07/singaporean-dollar-tokenized-ethereums-blockchain-monetary-authority-singapore" target="_blank">Singaporean Dollar Tokenized Through Ethereum’s Blockchain by the Monetary Authority of Singapore</a></li> <li><a href="https://cointelegraph.com/news/singapore-becomes-favored-ico-destination-for-blockchain-companies" target="_blank">Singapore Becomes Favored ICO Destination for Blockchain</a></li> <li><a href="https://infocorp.io//wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Cow-Token-A-Local-Blockchain-Use-Case.pdf" target="_blank">Cow Token White Paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.decentralize.sg/" target="_blank">De/Centralize 2018</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/NfVuSK-WYXk" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-225" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/225/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/eN90NqTATkg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 08, 2018
#224 Jeff Garzik: Metronome – Of Bitcoin Satellites and Built-to-Last Chain-Hopping Tokens
1:12:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Jeff Garzik, who was among the very first developers to work with Satoshi in the early days of Bitcoin. Later, he was a core developer at Bitpay and even tried to put a Bitcoin node on a satellite in space. Today, he is co-founder at Bloq, a company providing enterprise-grade blockchain infrastructure. Bloq recently announced a new project called Metronome that challenges some of the design and governance principles of many public blockchain networks.</p><p>Metronome is cryptocurrency that sits on top of existing blockchains and aims to allow tokens to easily move from one network to the other. A series of standard blockchain contracts allow for daily descending price auctions to occur automatically, and for users to buy and sell the tokens using a Bancor-like system with built-in liquidity.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Jeff&#8217;s background as a web developer at CNN and as a Linux developer</li><li>His early days in Bitcoin working with Satoshi</li><li>His thoughts on Bitcoin governance and lessons learned from the Segwit2X episode</li><li>The lessons learned from founding Bloq</li><li>What is Metronome and what problem does it aim to solve</li><li>Metronome&#8217;s self-governance and how the system is meant to evolve</li><li>The different smart contracts which make up Metronome</li><li>How Metronome allows MTN tokens to move to different blockchains</li><li>The economics of the protocol and the descending price auction system</li><li>The upcoming Metronome token sale and development roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://metronome.io" target="_blank">Metronome: The Built-to-Last Cryptocurrency</a></li> <li><a href="https://metronome.io/pdf/owners_manual.pdf" target="_blank">Metronome Owner's Manual</a></li> <li><a href="https://github.com/MetronomeToken/documentation/blob/master/FAQ.md" target="_blank">Metronome FAQ</a></li> <li><a href="https://github.com/autonomoussoftware/metronome" target="_blank">Metronome Git Repo</a></li> <li><a href="http://dss.co" target="_blank">DSS - Dunvegan Space Systems, Inc</a></li> <li><a href="http://longnow.org" target="_blank">The Long Now Foundation</a></li> <li><a href="http://bloq.com" target="_blank">Bloq</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/9Ysah6_kjXc" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-224" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/224/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/03GpXLNvlZM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 27, 2018
#223 Kyle Samani & Tushar Jain: Multicoin – Emerging Frameworks for Cryptoasset Investing
1:05:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>That decentralized networks represent a massive investment opportunity is no longer a controversial view. In the last year alone, over 200 funds dedicated to investing in cryptoassets have been created.</p><p>But the principles and frameworks to understand this new world are still in its infancy. One fund at the forefront of advancing this understanding has been Multicoin Capital. Their Founders Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain joined us to discuss some of the concepts they use to invest in decentralized networks.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Google Glass and the origin story of Multicoin Capital</li><li>Why the most used smart contract platform will produce the winning store of value</li><li>Why they are bearish on Bitcoin</li><li>Why money is best thought of as an adjective not a noun</li><li>Differentiating between work, payment and burn-and-mint tokens</li><li>Why work tokens capture network value better than payment tokens</li><li>The future of Multicoin</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://multicoin.capital/" target="_blank">Multicoin Capital Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://multicoin.capital/2018/02/13/new-models-utility-tokens/" target="_blank">New Models for Utility Tokens</a></li> <li><a href="https://multicoin.capital/2017/10/06/blockchains-new-social-order/" target="_blank">Blockchains: A New Social Order</a></li> <li><a href="https://multicoin.capital/2017/08/28/smart-contract-network-effect-fallacy/" target="_blank">The Smart Contract Network Fallacy</a></li> <li><a href="https://multicoin.capital/2018/01/27/opportunity-interoperable-chains-chains/" target="_blank">The Opportunity for Interoperable Chains of Chains</a></li> <li><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-multicoin-capital-podcast/id1337809097?mt=2" target="_blank">Multicoin Capital Podcast</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/JajqF1IWquQ" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-223" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/223/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/dC7jRZ2teKA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 21, 2018
#222 Amir Bandeali & Will Warren: 0x Protocol and the Decentralized Exchange Frontier
1:15:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Decentralized exchanges have been a holy grail in the cryptocurrency space, since at least the MtGox hack. They promise to derisk the act of exchanging cryptocurrency by leaving custody of funds in the hands of the users. And they should be resistant to regulatory pressure, creating a permissionless way to trade cryptocurrencies.</p><p>Among decentralized exchange projects, 0x has gained by far the most traction in the short time since launching. Co-founders Will and Amir joined us to discuss the 0x protocol, the emerging 0x economy and the vibrant community they&#8217;ve built.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Will and Amir started 0x</li><li>The definition of a decentralized exchange and why decentralized custody is key</li><li>The 0x architecture</li><li>Why 0x built a protocol and not just a decentralized exchange</li><li>The role and business model of relayers</li><li>The 0x token and its economy</li><li>The 0x governance process</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://0xproject.com/" target="_blank">0x: The Protocol for Trading Tokens</a></li> <li><a href="https://0xproject.com/pdfs/0x_white_paper.pdf" target="_blank">0x Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.0xproject.com/front-running-griefing-and-the-perils-of-virtual-settlement-part-1-8554ab283e97" target="_blank">Front-running, Griefing and the Perils of Virtual Settlement (Part 1)</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.0xproject.com/front-running-griefing-and-the-perils-of-virtual-settlement-part-2-921b00109e21" target="_blank">Front-running, Griefing and the Perils of Virtual Settlement (Part 2)</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/dXdok5GLVUc" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-222" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/222/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/IoJBY4EPCvo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 16, 2018
#221 Greg Meredith & Nash Foster: RChain – The Scalable, Concurrent and Performant Blockchain
1:07:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Greg Meredith and Nash Foster of the RChain Cooperative. A fundamentally new kind of blockchain platform, RChain is rooted in a formal model of concurrent and decentralized computation. Powered by the Rho Virtual Machine, and secured by Casper proof-of-stake, RCain is partitioned, or shareded by default, forming a network of coordinated and parallel blockchains. The project, which is formed as a coop, leverages correct-by-construction software development to produce a concurrent, compositional, and massively scalable blockchain.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Rchain spun out of the Synereo project</li><li>The primary objectives RChain seeks to establish</li><li>The fundamental principles of RChain and RLang</li><li>The concepts of concurrency and parallelism in simple terms</li><li>How building concurrent systems implies scalability</li><li>The unique features of Casper consensus in the context of RChain</li><li>The importance of namespaces in RChain</li><li>Why this project was started as a cooperative</li><li>The current status of the project and roapmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.rchain.coop" target="_blank">RChain Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/rchain-cooperative/rchain-rholang-sdk-v0-1-released-5f6bc35bf3e9" target="_blank">RChain Rholang SDK (v0.1) Released</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/rchain-cooperative/a-visualization-for-the-future-of-blockchain-consensus-b6710b2f50d6" target="_blank">A Visualization for the Future of Blockchain Consensus</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tW1fAWg6s8" target="_blank">Introducing Rholang! at Devcon 2</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/kojlx2ykRsA" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-221" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/221/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/bp0da1Abalg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 08, 2018
#220 Manuel Aráoz: Zeppelin and the Evolution of Smart Contract Development
1:04:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Zeppelin Co-Founder and CTO Manuel Araoz joined us to discuss his journey from building one of the first non-financial Bitcoin applications in 2012 to improving development and security practices for Ethereum smart contracts. We discussed the OpenZeppelin framework, a library of audited smart contracts as well as their new project zeppelin_os. Through on-chain, well-vetted and upgradeable smart contracts zeppelin_os aims to make developing Ethereum applications both easier and more secure.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Manuel&#8217;s journey in the blockchain space from proof of existence to BitPay to Streamium to Zeppelin</li><li>Why Manuel moved away from a pure Bitcoin focus to working on Ethereum</li><li>Why Zeppelin focuses on smart contract security</li><li>How smart contract security evolved since the start of Ethereum</li><li>The OpenZeppelin framework of audited Ethereum contracts</li><li>Why zeppelin_os and standardized, upgradeable on-chain contracts are the next evolutionary step</li><li>The core component of zeppelin_os: Kernel, SDK and markeplace</li><li>The ZEP token and its role in zeppelin_os</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://zeppelin.solutions/" target="_blank">Zeppelin Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://openzeppelin.org/" target="_blank">OpenZeppelin Framework</a></li> <li><a href="https://zeppelinos.org/" target="_blank">zeppelin_os</a></li> <li><a href="https://zeppelinos.org/zeppelin_os_whitepaper.pdf" target="_blank">zeppelin_os Whitepaper</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/UdbCYLRnna4" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-220" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/220/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/14vqTQ4_8UQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 01, 2018
#219 Mance Harmon: Hashgraph – A Radically Novel Consensus Algorithm
1:12:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Hashgraph is a new consensus algorithm that radically differs from proof-of-work as well as proof-of-stake consensus algorithms. While work on Hashgraph begun in 2012, it&#8217;s design is radically different from today&#8217;s blockchain architectures. The Hashgraph team claims that it has found an optimal consensus algorithm design that will be impossible to significantly improve upon.</p><p>We were joined by Mance Harmon, who is CEO of the Swirlds, the company developing Hashgraph. Our conversation covered the origin story of hashgraph, how it compares to existing consensus algorithms and how Hashgraph works.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Leemon Baird and Mance Harmon&#8217;s long history of building companies together</li><li>What motivated Leemon Baird to start working on Hashgraph in 2012</li><li>The existing categories of consensus algorithms and their problems</li><li>How Hashgraph consensus combines voting and gossip protocols</li><li>The performance characteristics of Hashgraph</li><li>How a public Hashgraph network could look like</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://hashgraph.com/" target="_blank">Hashgraph Homepage</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.swirlds.com/downloads/SWIRLDS-TR-2016-01.pdf" target="_blank">Hashgraph Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.swirlds.com/downloads/SWIRLDS-TR-2016-02.pdf" target="_blank">Hashgraph Consensus - Detailed Examples</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.swirlds.com/downloads/Swirlds-and-Sybil-Attacks.pdf" target="_blank">Sybil Attacks in Hashgraph</a></li> <li><a href="https://podtail.com/podcast/hidden-forces/the-future-is-not-blockchain-it-s-hashgraph-a-conv/" target="_blank">Hidden Forces Podcast Episode on Hashgraph</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOc23lJw7ls" target="_blank">Lemon Baird's Talk on Hashgraph at Harvard Business School</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/HqLwv28R70Y" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-219" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/219/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/SlDvQzORhFU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 25, 2018
#218 Chris Burniske & Jack Tatar: Cryptoassets – The Rise of a New Asset Class
1:23:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Over the past year, cryptoassets have exploded in popularity. From a mere $18bn at the start of 2017, the aggregate market cap of all cryptoassets recently reached $820bn as interest in Bitcoin and its cousins went mainstream. Jack Tatar and Chris Burniske joined us to discuss their new book &#8216;Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor&#8217;s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond&#8217;. It is one of the first systematic views on cryptoassets from a mainstream investor&#8217;s perspective.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Jack and Chris originally became interested in Bitcoin and cryptoassets</li><li>Why the term cryptoassets is a good umbrella term for the different kinds of tokens</li><li>The different categories of cryptoassets: Cryptocurrencies, cryptocommodities and cryptotokens</li><li>How cryptoassets fit into an overall investment portfolio</li><li>How to value cryptoassets</li><li>Whether we are in a cryptoasset bubble and expectations for the future</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Cryptoassets-Innovative-Investors-Bitcoin-Beyond/dp/1260026671" target="_blank">Cryptoassets on Amazon</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.bitcoinandbeyond.com/" target="_blank">Cryptoassets - Book Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@cburniske/cryptoasset-valuations-ac83479ffca7" target="_blank">Cryptoasset Valuations – Chris Burniske – Medium</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@cburniske/why-i-like-the-term-cryptoassets-ab6b76e1ee33" target="_blank">Why I like the term, “Cryptoassets” – Chris Burniske – Medium</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@cburniske/the-crypto-j-curve-be5fdddafa26" target="_blank">The Crypto J-Curve – Chris Burniske – Medium</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bitcoins-are-the-best-investment-in-my-retirement-account-2016-06-17" target="_blank">Bitcoins are the best investment in my retirement account - MarketWatch</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/R0Vvd7MwBYk" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-218" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/218/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/zS4Hak36doY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 17, 2018
#217 Andrew Trask: OpenMined – A Decentralised Artificial Intelligence Platform
12:59:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>A significant part of the modern digital economy, is underpinned by machine learning models that are trained to perform tasks such as facial recognition, content curation, health diagnostics etc. Data to train machine learning models is the essential commodity of this century &#8211; a sentiment captured by epithets such as &#8220;&#8221;Data is the new oil&#8221;&#8221;. Today&#8217;s dominant AI paradigm has companies focus their efforts on gathering data from their users in order to train models and monetise usage of the model. This model has many consequences such as loss of privacy for the user, consolidation of data in a handful of large companies, low access to data for startups and a fundamental impossibility of collecting sensitive data such as markers for depression.</p><p>Our guest, Andrew Trask, is building OpenMined &#8211; a platform that merges cryptographic techniques such as homomorphic encryption and multi-party computation and blockchain technology to create the ability to train ML models with private user data. OpenMined will allow AI companies of the future to develop models, have them trained on user data without compromising user privacy, and incentivise users to train their model. We walk through the OpenMined vision and its potential impact on AI business models and AI safety</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Challenges with the current AI paradigm</li><li>OpenMined&#8217;s vision to allow training of AI models with private user data</li><li>How OpenMined works under the hood</li><li>Applications enabled by OpenMined</li><li>Current state and OpenMined hackathon</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://hackathon.openmined.org/" target="_blank">OpenMined hackathon</a></li> <li><a href="https://openmined.org/" target="_blank">OpenMined website</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/m5p5UFAboqc" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-217" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/217/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/xgfaqjgGy7Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 11, 2018
#216 Brian Platz & Flip Filipowski: FlureeDB – A Scalable Blockchain-Based Graph Database
1:06:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Blockchain technologies are changing the way we think about data archival and storage. For instance, most database systems can only capture the current state of a data set. This means we must rely on secondary backup systems to ensure historical data can remain accessible, a stark contrast from what the most basic of blockchains provide out of the box. Database systems that offer immutability and historical context for data would be greatly beneficial for companies as it would make internal and external audits much less costly and time-intensive.</p><p>We&#8217;re delighted to bring you an interview with Flip Filipowski and Brian Platz. Flip is a veteran entrepreneur whose career spans 50 years, having worked for and founded some of the world&#8217;s largest software companies of the 80&#8217;s and 90&#8217;s. He is also the CEO of SilkRoad Equity and a Founding Partner of Tally Capital. Brian&#8217;s background includes having founded A List Appart in 1994, which is among the oldest and most influential web development blogs, and SilkRoad Technologies.</p><p>Flip and Brian join us to talk about their new company, Fluree. Their product, FlureeDB, is a scalable graph database which provides the benefits of blockchain technologies, such as immutability, replayability and fault tolerance. Currently, in development, the goal for FlureeDB is to support various consensus rules based on the network configuration: private systems, federated (or consortium) clusters, and fully decentralized public networks.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Flip and Brian&#8217;s respective backgrounds and entrepreneurial ventures</li><li>How blockchain will disrupt most major companies that exist today</li><li>FlureeDB and the problem it is trying to solve</li><li>How FlureeDB improves compliance procedures for enterprise</li><li>How FlureeDB can address some of the challenges ahead with regards to GDPR</li><li>FlureeDB&#8217;s technical infrastructure and elementary components</li><li>The different consensus modes and scalability properties of FlureeDB</li><li>Why they chose to structure the company as a Public Benefit Corporation</li><li>FlureeDB&#8217;s development roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://flur.ee/ " target="_blank">Fluree Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://flur.ee/assets/pdf/flureedb_whitepaper_v1.pdf " target="_blank">FlureeDB Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/fluree/blockchain-meet-database-5eecaa38a358 " target="_blank">Blockchain, Meet Database</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/fdne9EvFNaw" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-216" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/216/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/NuhuKDVNhHM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 03, 2018
#215 Elizabeth Rossiello: BitPesa – Building Financial Platforms for Frontier Markets
12:55:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>The prospect of providing digital cross-border payments for the world&#8217;s unbanked and underbanked population has always been one of the key use cases for Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies can be seen as a way for people in developing countries to participate in the global financial market by allowing easy cross-border payments, cheap remittance transactions, and simplified lending options.</p><p>We&#8217;re pleased to be joined by Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO and Founder of BitPesa. BitPesa provides companies in frontier markets with the financial infrastructure to facilitate commerce and payments, where traditional financial markets are known to be fractured and expensive. As an early Bitcoin company founded in 2013, BitPesa is now present in a handful of African countries and provides essential financial services to businesses, allowing them to send and collect payments, and perform quick and affordable Forex trades.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Elizabeth&#8217;s journey to Bitcoin and BitPesa</li><li>BitPesa&#8217;s vision and how it compares existing mobile money platforms present in Africa</li><li>BitPesa&#8217;s offering and how it has evolved since the company was founded in 2013</li><li>The primary pain points and barriers to doing business in developing African markets</li><li>Foreign exchange markets in Africa</li><li>The challenges and opportunities regarding blockchain adoption in African markets</li><li>The future of Bitcoin as a payment system</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bitpesa.com" target="_blank">BitPesa</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2016/06/15/elizabeth-rossiello-describes-how-bitpesa-slashes-international-payment-fees/#20f138aa2a6d" target="_blank">Elizabeth Rossiello Describes How BitPesa Slashes International Payment Fees</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdGgR5HgNCk" target="_blank">BitPesa Founder Elizabeth Rossiello Keynotes at ConsenSys' Ethereal Summit</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/e_rossiello" target="_blank">Elizabeth Rossiello on Twitter</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/8v4D9Y--3nw" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-215" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/215/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/hkKpDvqnYNM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 27, 2017
#214 Christopher Fabian & Shaun Conway: Unicef & Ixo: Towards More Transparent Humanitarian Projects
1:06:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Christopher Fabian, Co-founder of Unicef&#8217;s Innovation Unit. We discuss how the global non-profit institution leverages innovative technology to solve real-world problems in humanitarian work. We explore the different applications of blockchain in the UN and Unicef, as well as the challenges we can anticipate when deploying these technologies in the developing world. Shaun Conway, Founder of Ixo Foundation, also joins the discussion as a startup working Unicef and talks about the value of a global reputation network for humanitarian projects.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Chris&#8217; and Shaun&#8217;s respective backgrounds</li><li>A bit of background on the UN and Unicef</li><li>Unicef&#8217;s Innovation Unit and Venture arm</li><li>How Unicef evaluates the different technologies in the space (public, permissionned, etc.)</li><li>The challenges faced when deploying new technologies in the developing world</li><li>Unicef&#8217;s recent experimentation with an Ethereum smart contract</li><li>Potential applications for blockchain at the UN and Unicef</li><li>Unicef&#8217;s Venture arm and the types of projects in which they invest</li><li>Ixo Foundation, their collaboration with Unicef and the value of a Proof of Impact blockchain network</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://unicefstories.org/blockchain/" target="_blank">Blockchain at UNICEF</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Fabian" target="_blank">Christopher Fabian - Wikipedia</a></li> <li><a href="http://unicefstories.org/2017/08/04/unicef-ventures-exploring-smart-contracts/" target="_blank">UNICEF Ventures: Exploring Smart Contracts</a></li> <li><a href="http://ixo.foundation/" target="_blank">ixo foundation</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@ixo_foundation" target="_blank">ixo foundation – Medium</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/8217DbqJYDE" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-214" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/214/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/1FD6k-6YoDw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 19, 2017
#213 Tim Swanson: Busting the Great Wall of Hype
12:59:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>In the blockchain world, few people are as brave as Tim Swanson when it comes to busting hype. Tim&#8217;s unbiased, honest, and sometimes controversial opinions provide a refreshingly realistic view of blockchain adoption and applications of this technology by people and businesses. Cutting through the hype, the over-sold press releases ad the blind optimism of a completely decentralized economy, Tim&#8217;s insights provide a sobering look at the state of the blockchain.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Tim&#8217;s background and recent departure from R3</li><li>The current state of the enterprise blockchain market</li><li>The state of Bitcoin in the context of the recent price increase</li><li>Tim&#8217;s thoughts on the recent spike in ICO&#8217;s</li><li>The rumors and concerns surrounding Bitfinex and Tether</li><li>The rise of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as an asset class</li><li>Current problems in Bitcoin: governance and centralization of power</li><li>Tim&#8217;s new project: Post Oak Labs</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.ofnumbers.com/" target="_blank">Tim's Blog: Great Wall of Numbers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ofnumbers.com/2017/11/13/bitcoin-is-now-just-a-ticker-symbol-and-stopped-being-permissionless-years-ago/" target="_blank">Bitcoin Is Now Just A Ticker Symbol and Stopped Being Permissionless Years Ago</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ofnumbers.com/2017/10/19/who-are-the-administrators-of-blockchains/" target="_blank">Who are the administrators of blockchains?</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ofnumbers.com/2017/09/21/eight-things-cryptocurrency-enthusiasts-probably-wont-tell-you/" target="_blank">Eight Things Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts Probably Won’t Tell You</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.postoaklabs.com/" target="_blank">Post Oak Labs</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/V1ZRw__RaNI" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-213" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/213/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/qykd59cRD6U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 13, 2017
#212 Adam Perlow & Asher Manning: Zen Protocol – A Decentralized Financial System
1:02:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>We were joined by Founder Adam Perlow and Developer Asher Manning of Zen, a public blockchain project focused on building a decentralized financial system. The core premise of Zen is that none of the public blockchain networks are focused on financial asset. Zen is aiming to fill that gap through a Bitcoin-like UTXO architecture that supports multiple asset and smart contracts to enforce complex ownership rules.</p><p>We talked through their original design choices, their use of formal verification, connection to Bitcoin and vision for a fully decentralized financial system.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Why existing public blockchains are ill-suited for financial instruments</li><li>Why Zen chose to use a Bitcoin-like UTXO architecture</li><li>How Zen uses formal verification to allow smart contracts without a virtual machine or needing gas</li><li>How the Active Contract Set reduces the burden on the miners</li><li>Walking through creating, trading and settling a call option on Zen</li><li>How Zen allows payments to be settled in Bitcoin</li><li>Getting data from the outside world with oracles</li><li>Zen&#8217;s use of Proof-of-Work regulated by on-chain governance</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zenprotocol.com" target="_blank">Zen Protocol - A Financial Engine</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zenprotocol.com/files/zen_protocol_white_paper.pdf" target="_blank">Zen Protocol - Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zenprotocol.com/deck/zen_protocol_deck_en.pdf" target="_blank">Zen Protocol - Deck</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrTDSbPWd6g" target="_blank">Google Campus Presentation - YouTube</a></li> <li><a href="https://alpha.zenprotocol.com/" target="_blank">Zen - Alpha Version</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOydLocpH4c" target="_blank">Zen Protocol Founders Film - YouTube</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.zenprotocol.com/oracles-and-zen-1596c6ba6df8" target="_blank">Oracles and Zen – Zen Protocol</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.zenprotocol.com/zens-contract-lifecycle-2eeb10057a6a" target="_blank">Zen’s contract lifecycle – Zen Protocol</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/sQytlwkBZbc" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-212" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/212/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/Lijc8Mg2gEs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 06, 2017
#211 Zoe Adamovicz: Neufund and the Case for Selling Equity on the Blockchain
12:59:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Neufund CEO Zoe Adamovicz joined us to discuss how Neufund is creating a platform to allow companies to sell tokens backed by actual company equity.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Neufund&#8217;s thesis of the revolutionary implications of token equity</li><li>The difference between ICOs and Equity Token Offerings (ETO)</li><li>Why from a regulatory perspective ETOs are uncomplicated</li><li>How Neufund&#8217;s token Neumarks serves to build a community</li><li>How the Initial Capital Building Mechanism is bootstrapping the ecosystem</li><li>The long-term vision of creating a global stock market</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://neufund.org/" target="_blank">Neufund</a></li> <li><a href="https://neufund.org/whitepaperdownload" target="_blank">Neufund Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://neufund.org/lightpaperdownload" target="_blank">Neufund Light Paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://commit.neufund.org/" target="_blank">Neufund | ICBM Commit Page</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.neufund.org/german-financial-supervisory-authority-bafin-on-icos-and-cryptocurrencies-2fc9bfa3f85b" target="_blank">German Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) on ICOs and cryptocurrencies</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/Ow6OAP0nipI" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-211" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/211/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/tRrTCtfDSGA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 28, 2017
#210 Alex Morcos: Chaincode Labs and Why Bitcoin is Our One Shot at Creating Digital Gold
1:05:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Chaincode Labs Founder Alex Morcos joined us to discuss his journey, the role of the company in Bitcoin&#8217;s development and the views that drive his work.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Alex&#8217;s background in high frequency trading as a founder of Hudson River Trading</li><li>How Alex first learned about Bitcoin</li><li>The vision of Chaincode Labs</li><li>Why Bitcoin represents our only chance of creating digital gold</li><li>Why Bitcoin&#8217;s resistance to change is one of its core features</li><li>Why the NYA &amp; SegWit2x approach was misguided</li><li>How getting consensus around a hard fork blocksize increase could work</li><li>Why Alex is not excited about the efforts to use blockchains in banks</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://chaincode.com/" target="_blank">Chain Code Labs, Inc</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/morcosa" target="_blank">Twitter Alex Morcos</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@morcos/why-bitcoin-doesnt-need-a-solution-1391d403c569" target="_blank">Why Bitcoin doesn’t need a solution – Alex Morcos – Medium</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@morcos/no2x-centralized-services-539e3b1b56c9" target="_blank">No2x: Centralized Services – Alex Morcos – Medium</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@morcos/no2x-full-nodes-889c20100a8d" target="_blank">No2x: Full Nodes – Alex Morcos – Medium</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/y8Im8gS3u6o" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-210" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/210/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/BYqzIRaDWFY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 21, 2017
#209 Amrit Kumar & Xinshu Dong: Zilliqa – A Scalable Sharded Public Blockchain
1:13:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Scaling public blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum is a long standing technical challenge. In this episode, we cover Zilliqa which has pioneered a design to scale public blockchain throughput with the number of nodes by sharding the blockchain. Sharding has been hitherto proposed as a scaling technique by Ethereum. Zilliqa is one of the first projects to propose a concrete design with an operational testnet processing a couple thousand transactions per second across several shards.</p><p>Our guests, Xinshu Dong (CEO) and Amrit Kumar (Crypto Lead), walk us through the objectives, protocol design and fundraising structure of this innovative project. We also briefly cover Zilliqa&#8217;s novel approach to designing a smart contract language and execution environment.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Sharding as a scaling technique</li><li>Different kinds of sharding, including state sharding and non-state sharding</li><li>How Zilliqa works under the hood &#8211; consensus algorithms &amp; transaction processing</li><li>Zilliqa&#8217;s novel approach for a smart contract language</li><li>Details of a new cryptocurrency, Zillings</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://zilliqa.com/" target="_blank">Zilliqa Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.zilliqa.com/" target="_blank">Zilliqa Blog</a></li> <li><a href="https://docs.zilliqa.com/whitepaper.pdf" target="_blank">Zilliqa Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~prateeks/" target="_blank">Prateek Saxena and his research group at NUS Singapore</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/Dppk6n9LHBk" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-209" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/209/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/kl2_dT1Q0Lg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 14, 2017
#208 Post DevCon3 Roundtable: State of Ethereum, Cosmos Retreat and Parity Hack
1:08:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>For the very first time, all three Epicenter hosts found themselves in the same location. After attending Ethereum&#8217;s DevCon 3 in Cancun, we were at a Cosmos Retreat and discussed the conference, retreat, state of the Ethereum ecosystem and recent Parity hack.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Recap of Ethereum&#8217;s DevCon 3 conference</li><li>Current state of Ethereum</li><li>The most interesting new projects at DevCon</li><li>The post-DevCon Cosmos retreat</li><li>The internet of blockchain thesis</li><li>The case for blockchain&#8217;s having sovereignty</li><li>The massive loss of funds due to Parity&#8217;s flawed multisig contract</li><li>The pros and cons of an Ethereum hard fork</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://ethereumfoundation.org/devcon3/" target="_blank">Ethereum Developers Conference (Devcon3)</a></li> <li><a href="https://cosmos.network/" target="_blank">Cosmos - Internet of Blockchains</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/SunnyAggarwal2/tendermintcosmos-many-chains-many-tokens-one-ecosystem" target="_blank">Many Chains One Ecosystem Slides</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN_SAX73AMg&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">Many Chains One Ecosystem - YouTube</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.coindesk.com/ethereum-client-bug-freezes-user-funds-fallout-remains-uncertain/" target="_blank">"Ethereum Client Bug Freezes User Funds as Fallout Remains Uncertain - CoinDesk"</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/ethereum/comments/7bchez/parity_multisig_wallets_deployed_after_730_issue/" target="_blank">Parity Multi-Sig Wallets Deployed After 7/30 Issue : ethereum</a></li> <li><a href="https://paritytech.io/blog/security-alert.html" target="_blank">Paritytech - Security Alert</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/yqwudN8Pg0U" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-208" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/208/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/m8Qxtce1474" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 10, 2017
#207 Micah Winkelspecht: Gem – The Enterprise Platform That Powers Data-Driven Applications
1:03:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>We are joined by Micah Winkelspecht, CEO and Founder of Gem. What started as a Bitcoin API in 2014 has evolved into a leading provider of blockchain solutions for enterprise. Gem addresses the problem of digital data silos and the complexities they introduce when companies and individuals collaborate and share information. Their product, GemOS, provides a full-stack blockchain middleware platform which allows companies to build applications on top of blockchains protocols like Ethereum or Hyperledger Fabric.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Micah&#8217;s background and how he got involved in the Bitcoin space</li><li>How the company and product have evolved to support his original vision</li><li>How blockchain technologies are transforming process digitization</li><li>The siloed identity problem and what complexities it introduces for people and companies</li><li>How GemOS is addressing fundamental issues in health care and insurance</li><li>How blockchain technologies can support regulated industries</li><li>Micah&#8217;s insights on creating awareness among enterprise clients</li><li>The importance of building ecosystems and network economies which enterprise can leverage</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://gem.co" target="_blank">Gem.co</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/5dGQaMrgg_Y" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-207" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/207/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/G12PO0d9_1c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 01, 2017
#206 Karl Kreder: Grid+ – Unlocking Direct Access to Wholesale Energy Markets
1:00:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Energy markets form a complex ecosystem of actors. Wholesale energy producers create energy through various means, grid operators transport electricity over long distances and deliver it to homes and businesses, who buy it from local utility companies. The utilities act as resellers in this scheme and take on much of the financial risk associated with selling a commodity which is consumed long before payment settlement from consumers. However, utilities have high operation and marketing costs and charge a high markup on the electricity they buy from wholesalers.</p><p>Karl Kreder, Co-founder of Grid+, a Consensys project, joins us to talk about how blockchain technology can help disintermediate utilities and allow consumers buy electricity directly from producers. The Grid+ Agent is a hardware device which sits in your home, is connected to your energy meter and can interact with the power grid. The Agent has built-in logic allowing it to respond to your energy needs and predict usage. It is also equipped with a Trusted Execution Environment and a wallet which keeps private keys secure and can make near real-time payments to the network.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Karl&#8217;s background and how he became part of Consensys Energy</li><li>A high-level overview of the energy market and the different players in this ecosystem</li><li>Where lie the inefficiencies and how they can be improved</li><li>The challenges facing the energy market today</li><li>The Grid+ Agent and its functionality</li><li>How the Grid+ Agent works and how it interacts with the grid</li><li>Other potential applications for the Grid+ Agent</li><li>The economics of the Grid+ smart contract and how it handles risk</li><li>The Grid+ token sale</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://gridplus.io/" target="_blank">Grid+</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz90riPGRHquNDVXVE81RmppaUk/view" target="_blank">Grid+ Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwkjAXom_6U" target="_blank">What is Grid+? - YouTube</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/u1M2N8N6kuw" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-206" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/206/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/TMmwokyNydY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 24, 2017
#205 Galen Wolfe-Pauly: Urbit – A Digital Republic Reinventing the Internet
1:04:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Galen Wolfe-Pauly, CEO of Tlon, the company behind Urbit, joined us to discuss one of the most radical and curious projects to come on the podcast. In development for 15 years already, Urbit aims to unravel the cloud computing paradigm that led to the creation of internet monopolies like Google and Facebook. Instead, in Urbit, each person has a personal server, a kind of digital sovereign entity, where applications are run, which leaves control and data in the hands of users.</p><p>Galen joined us to discuss what the philosophy and ideas driving Urbit, how a radically different internet could look like and what our path is to get there.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The 15 year long history and evolution of Urbit</li><li>Understanding Urbit through the metaphors of a personal server, a personal blockchain, a republic or an operating function</li><li>The main Urbit components Nock, Hoon and Arvo</li><li>How Galaxies, Stars and Planets create Urbit&#8217;s hierarchy</li><li>The Urbit namespace and why it has value</li><li>How Urbit aims to radically reengineer how the internet works</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://urbit.org" target="_blank">Urbit - Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://urbit.org/posts/overview/" target="_blank">Urbit - An Overview</a></li> <li><a href="https://urbit.org/posts/principles/" target="_blank">Urbit - Beliefs and Principles</a></li> <li><a href="https://urbit.org/posts/constitution/" target="_blank">Urbit - Interim Constitution</a></li> <li><a href="https://urbit.org/blog/2017.9-critique/" target="_blank">Urbit and the Blockchain Wars</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/DFeN-TKZor0" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-205" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/205/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/slpltPp1InI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 18, 2017
#204 Ben Bollen & Jason Goldberg: Simple Token – Bringing Tokens to Mainstream Consumer Applications
1:13:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>As the ICO boom continues to drive funding and interest in cryptocurrencies, mainstream consumer applications are increasingly looking towards tokenization. One of these was social network Pepo, founded by veteran entrepreneur and previous founder of fab.com Jason Goldberg. Faced with the difficulties of integrating blockchain, they decided to start Simple Token &#8211; a company focused on building easy solutions for mainstream applications to use blockchain.</p><p>Simple Token CEO Jason Goldberg and Chief Technology Strategist joined us to discuss the case for branded token, Simple Tokens architecture and the balance between easy user experience and decentralization.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Jason&#8217;s long history as an entrepreneur and the turbulent story of fab.com</li><li>The perils of raising too much money</li><li>How the quest to tokenize social network Pepo lead to founding Simple Token</li><li>The opportunity in tokenizing mainstream consumer applications</li><li>How Simple Token uses Ethereum and sidechains to allow companies to issue branded tokens</li><li>How Simple Token backs branded tokens through a staking contract on Ethereum</li><li>The economics of Simple Token and upcoming ICO</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://simpletoken.org/" target="_blank">Simple Token | The Bridge between Cryptocurrencies and Consumer Apps.</a></li> <li><a href="http://thisweekinstartups.com/jason-goldberg-pepo-simple-token/" target="_blank">Jason Goldberg - This Week In Startups</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/GQe7YdnPI3woGf" target="_blank">Simple Token Pitch Deck</a></li> <li><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwgf8QuAEOb7Z2xIeUlLd21DSjQ/view" target="_blank">Simple Token Technical Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://hackernoon.com/on-the-rebound-from-epic-failure-88e77d2b39af" target="_blank">On the Rebound from Epic Failure – Hacker Noon</a></li> <li><a href="http://t.me/simpletoken" target="_blank">Simple Token Telegram Channel</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/c8swtDtappM" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-204" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/204/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/TLHAaehDRDw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 11, 2017
#203 Fredrik Voss: Nasdaq – How Blockchain Technologies Will Transform Capital Markets
12:56:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Nasdaq is one of the largest and most well known financial institutions in the World. As the second-largest stock market by market capitalization, Nasdaq is also one of the leading software companies in capital markets, providing its Nasdaq Financial Framework to exchanges all around the globe.</p><p>Fredrik Voss, VP of Blockchain Innovation at Nasdaq, joins us to discuss how Nasdaq is leveraging blockchain technologies to propel itself into the future. Having invested in Chain and Stratumn, Nasdaq is taking a very hands-on approach, building products which it integrates into the various software solutions they sell.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>A high-level overview of Nasdaq as a stock exchange and software company</li><li>Nasdaq&#8217;s thesis regarding blockchain technologies</li><li>The potential challenges ahead</li><li>What blockchain technologies bring to regulators regarding oversight and auditing</li><li>Nasdaq&#8217;s Venture Program and its investment thesis</li><li>Why Nasdaq chose to invest in Chain and Stratumn</li><li>Types of applications built in partnership with Chain and Stratumn</li><li>Fredrick&#8217;s views on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2017/02/21/why-nasdaq-is-even-more-optimistic-about-blockchain-than-it-was-3-years-ago/#109986f51a26" target="_blank">Why Nasdaq Is Even More Optimistic About Blockchain Than It Was 3 Years Ago</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.coindesk.com/hands-on-with-linq-nasdaqs-private-markets-blockchain-project/" target="_blank">Inside Linq, Nasdaq's Private Markets Blockchain Project</a></li> <li><a href="https://cointelegraph.com/news/nasdaq-executive-fredrik-voss-optimistic-about-blockchain-in-capital-markets" target="_blank">Nasdaq Executive Fredrik Voss Optimistic About Blockchain in Capital Markets</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.finyear.com/Fredrik-Voss-Nasdaq-Vice-President-About-Blockchain_a35732.html" target="_blank">Fredrik Voss, Nasdaq Vice President – About Blockchain</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/Zfx8_ycVkkg" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-203" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/203/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/gyrYXqqA1hI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 04, 2017
#202 Ari Paul: BlockTower Capital and the Cryptocurrency Opportunity
1:13:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>For many years, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies were regarded as little more than a nerdy curiosity by the financial world. But with the rise of Bitcoin and Ethereum, the process of cryptocurrencies becoming a recognized asset class has begun.</p><p>One person at the forefront of this transformation is Ari Paul. Previously a portfolio manager at the University of Chicago&#8217;s $8 billion endowment, he recently left to start the cryptocurrency hedge fund BlockTower Capital. He joined us for an insightful conversation about one of the biggest trends in the industry.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Ari&#8217;s background as a portfolio manager at the University of Chicago</li><li>The difficulties of investing in cryptocurrency for a large endowment</li><li>Why he started the cryptocurrency hedge fund BlockTower Capital</li><li>How to construct a cryptocurrency portfolio</li><li>The hedge fund vs the VC model in the cryptocurrency space</li><li>Why cryptocurrencies represent an exceptional investment opportunity</li><li>The operational complexities of running a crypto hedge fund</li><li>Why an avalanche of institutional money is entering the blockchain space</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/" target="_blank">The Cryptocurrency Investor Blog</a></li> <li><a href="https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/2017/04/13/how-to-think-about-investing-in-cryptocurrency-part-1-of-4-why-exceptional-opportunities-exist/" target="_blank">How to Think About Investing in Cryptocurrency: Why Exceptional Opportunities Exist</a></li> <li><a href="https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/2017/04/17/how-to-think-about-investing-in-cryptocurrency-part-2-of-4-what-needs-to-exist/" target="_blank">How to Think About Investing in Cryptocurrency: What needs to exist</a></li> <li><a href="https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/2017/08/01/table-selection/" target="_blank">Table Selection | The Cryptocurrency Investor</a></li> <li><a href="https://thecryptocurrencyinvestor.com/2017/07/14/the-wall-street-moment/" target="_blank">The Wall Street Moment | The Cryptocurrency Investor</a></li> <li><a href="https://blocktower.com/" target="_blank">BlockTower Capital</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/aridavidpaul" target="_blank">Twitter - Ari Paul</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/wiOC-_JW6Sw" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-202" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/202/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/pcMhsl2t1Zs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 26, 2017
#201 Matt Kerner: Microsoft’s Coco Framework – The Holy Grail for Enterprise
1:09:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Enterprise consortium blockchains have gained a lot of interest in recent months. And although we can see many applications for this particular type of network deployment, many questions remain to be answered before these systems can move to production. Issues related to scaling, network deployment, access controls and key management remain open at this point. With its deep roots in the enterprise, Microsoft hopes to have answers to these questions.</p><p>Matt Kerner, Partner GM for Blockchains at Azure, joins us to discuss Coco Framework. Coco is an open-source system which promises to enable high scalability and offer confidentiality for enterprise blockchain consortiums. This novel framework leverages Trusted Execution Environments (TEE) to deliver blockchain networks with throughput comparable to database speeds.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Matt&#8217;s background and role at Azure</li><li>Azure&#8217;s high-level thesis regarding blockchains</li><li>Coco Framework and how it fits in Microsoft&#8217;s vision</li><li>The different components of Coco and its architecture</li><li>The role of TEE&#8217;s in Coco</li><li>How Coco achieves confidential transactions</li><li>Identify management and network governance in Coco</li><li>How Coco fits into other blockchain initiatives at Microsoft</li><li>The framework&#8217;s roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-microsoft-s-coco-framework-for-enterprise-blockchain-networks/" target="_blank">Announcing the Coco Framework for enterprise blockchain networks</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s6JMmGJ-dY" target="_blank">Introducing the Coco Framework - YouTube</a></li> <li><a href="https://github.com/Azure/coco-framework" target="_blank">Coco Framework Whitepaper</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/aWuipzXYyiU" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-201" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/201/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/5jHYOEIxM9c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 19, 2017
#200 Ciaran O'Leary: BlueYard – The Disruption of Venture Capital
1:08:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>In the past year, the first killer application of blockchain technology has emerged: venture funding. As blockchain-facilitated crowdfunding is disrupting venture capital at blistering speed, we are joined by Ciaran O&#8217;Leary, Founder and General Partner at BlueYard. BlueYard stands at the intersection of this transition. Structured as a traditional VC fund, its thesis focuses fully on the decentralized economy and it invests in tokens too. Ciaran joined us to discusses what blockchain means for VCs and its implications for BlueYard.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Ciaran&#8217;s journey as a VC</li><li>How the VC industry has been changing</li><li>Why he founded Blue Yard and its investment thesis</li><li>Value creation in a blockchain economy</li><li>Buying equity vs buying tokens</li><li>Why tokens and ICOs are erroding the distinction between hedge funds and VC funds</li><li>Best practices for running ICOs</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmdvDZ4R8snjsRtEBXgURgiYoBbRYi55PqkThJqgm29BFh/" target="_blank">BlueYard Capital</a></li> <li><a href=""https://medium.com/@BlueYard/blueyard-thesis-cac357725ee6 "" target="_blank">BlueYard Investment Thesis</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@BlueYard/filecoin-e95e5cc75122" target="_blank">Filecoin Investment Article</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@BlueYard/protocol-labs-35ceff61b031" target="_blank">Protocol Labs Investment Article</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@BlueYard/userfeeds-why-the-web-needs-a-new-information-ranking-system-5bdab9f5e580" target="_blank">Userfeeds & why the web needs a new information ranking system</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@BlueYard/ob1-openbazaar-2be35862e0bf" target="_blank">OB1 & OpenBazaar – BlueYard Capital – Medium</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/i_yq8q3IP_c" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/200-ciaran-oleary-blueyard-the-disruption-of-venture-capital" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/200/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/E0tQDs6buFE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 13, 2017
#199 Peter Czaban: Polkadot – The Internet of Blockchain Networks
1:13:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Scalability and interoperability are two of the main issues facing blockchain protocols today. In a future in which entire industries and economies rely on distributed technologies, it is unclear how blockchain networks will support massive amounts of data, and exchange transactions in a trusted way.</p><p>Peter Czaban, co-founder of Polkadot, joins us as we dive deep into the Polkadot Network. Polkadot is a heterogeneous multi-chain network, consisting of many connected chains (or parachains), all of which have their own set of features and characteristics. Transactions flow across chains, while Polkadot ensures the global security and consensus of the network, forming an ‘Internet of Blockchain networks’. Scalability is achieved through the parallel processing of transactions on the different parachains.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Peter&#8217;s background and his role at Parity technologies</li><li>What is the Polkadot project and what problems it is addressing</li><li>How Polkadot handles the issue of scaling</li><li>The different components of the Polkadot Network</li><li>The various players in the network</li><li>The consensus model used in Polkadot</li><li>The types of applications Polkadot would enable</li><li>The Web3 Foundation and its goals</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://polkadot.io" target="_blank">Polkadot Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://polkadot.network" target="_blank">Polkadot Pre-Sale Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://riot.im/app/#/room/#polkadot-trenches:matrix.org" target="_blank">Polkadot Community Chat</a></li> <li><a href="https://github.com/paritytech/parity/wiki/Aura" target="_blank">Aura Consensus</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/oiunBLGHlAU" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-199" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/199/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/BzVmRv0oSO8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 05, 2017
#198 Nick Morgan: The DAO, the SEC and the ICO Boom
1:04:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Nick Morgan, a former attorney at the SEC, joined us to discuss their recent report on the DAO and what it means for the ICO boom.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The history and mandate of the SEC</li><li>Nick&#8217;s years as a trial attorney at the SEC</li><li>How the Howey Test is used to determine if something is a security</li><li>The application of the Howey Test to the DAO case</li><li>The weaknesses in their argument that token holders relied on the effort of others</li><li>Why the SEC did not prosecute the Slock.it founders</li><li>Why the SEC will likely focus on token sales involving fraud</li><li>How the SEC&#8217;s limited resources will make it hard for it to impact the ICO boom</li><li>The implications of the SEC report for cryptocurrency exchanges</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2017-131" target="_blank">SEC Press Release on The DAO</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.sec.gov/litigation/investreport/34-81207.pdf" target="_blank">SEC Report on Investigation of The DAO</a></li> <li><a href="https://writing.kemitchell.com/2017/07/25/DAO-Report-of-Investigation.html" target="_blank">Seven Takeaways from the DAO Report - Kyle Mitchell</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON5GhIQdFU8" target="_blank">EB134 – Emin Gün Sirer And Vlad Zamfir: On A Rocky DAO</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.paulhastings.com/professionals/details/nicolasmorgan" target="_blank">Nicolas Morgan Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.coindesk.com/dao-report-understanding-risk-sec-enforcement/" target="_blank">The DAO Report: Understanding the Risk of SEC Enforcement - CoinDesk</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/HumhFOrus1g" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-198" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/198/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/3CHxoQYu8y0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 29, 2017
#197 Dan Larimer: EOS – The Decentralized Operating System
1:13:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>After Bitshares and Steemit, Dan Larimer&#8217;s latest project EOS has also gathered lots of attention. Their record-setting crowdsale has already raised $300m and is continuing for another year. Dan joined us to discuss his journey in the industry, what connects the different projects, how EOS works and how the EOS crowdsale works.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>A history of Dan&#8217;s previous projects Bitshares and Steemit</li><li>How Dan knows when the time has come to move to the next project</li><li>Why they describe EOS as a decentralized operating system</li><li>The EOS approach to scalability</li><li>Benefits and downsides of the EOS fee model</li><li>EOS&#8217; Delegated Proof of Stake consensus</li><li>How EOS handles malicious validators</li><li>Addressing criticisms around EOS&#8217;s crowdsale terms and governance structure</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://eos.io/" target="_blank">EOS Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://github.com/EOSIO/Documentation/blob/master/TechnicalWhitePaper.md" target="_blank">EOS Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUZWZj1pu94" target="_blank">EOS Consensus Presentation May 2017 - YouTube</a></li> <li><a href="https://np.reddit.com/r/ethereum/comments/6qm0y2/is_the_ethereum_team_defending_their_ground/dkyk94c/" target="_blank">Vitalik Buterin Criticisms of EOS</a></li> <li><a href="https://steemit.com/eos/@dan/reponse-to-vitalik-s-written-remarks" target="_blank">Dan Larimer's Response to Vitalik</a></li> <li><a href="http://block.one/" target="_blank">block.one</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/eftctVXiFJQ" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-197" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/197/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/snad8krFXKo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 23, 2017
#196 Arthur Falls: From Lobster Fishing to Blockchain Podcasting
1:11:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Prior to hosting his ground breaking podcasts Beyond Bitcoin and The Ether Review, Arthur Falls had left his home country of New Zealand to fish lobster off the coast of Maine. Like many people in the blockchain space, his unlikely journey into the world of decentralized technologies is a fascinating one, and he shares it with us in this episode.</p><p>Arthur recently traveled to over a dozen locations around the World, conducting interviews for an upcoming documentary. He shares what he learned and his favorite experiences from this trip.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Arthur&#8217;s unlikely journey from lobster fisherman to blockchain podcaster</li><li>A brief history of his past projects and what he has going on at the moment</li><li>His recent blockchain world tour and what he learned from that experience</li><li>His views on the state of the ecosystem and institutional investment money now flowing into the space</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://etherreview.info" target="_blank">The Ether Review</a></li> <li><a href="https://etherreview.info/ether-review-legal-discussion-1-challenges-in-blockchain-law-b96c56b73de9" target="_blank">Ether Review Legal Discussion #1 — Challenges in Blockchain Law</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/09/initial-coin-offerings-surpass-early-stage-venture-capital-funding.html" target="_blank">Initial coin offerings now surpass early stage VC funding</a></li> <li><a href="https://news.bitcoin.com/hedge-funds-investing-in-cryptocurrencies-exploding-62-in-pipeline/" target="_blank">Hedge Funds Investing in Cryptocurrencies 'Exploding' - 62 in Pipeline</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/W7YzowEDGpc" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-196" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/196/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/2PzuUGt1m4s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 17, 2017
#195 Loi Luu: KyberNetwork – Towards Truly Decentralized Crypto-Asset Exchanges
12:59:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Loi Luu, Co-founder of KyberNetwork. This new decentralized exchange protocol, built on Ethereum, aims to match buyers with reserve operators, who create liquidity for crypto-asset pairs. Trades occur instantaneously and without the need for a trusted third party exchange operator.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Loi&#8217;s background and involvement with various projects such as TrueBit, Smart Pool, and Oyente</li><li>The desirable features of a decentralized exchange</li><li>Other decentralized exchange projects and how they compare to KyberNetwork</li><li>KyberNetwork&#8217;s unique design philosophy</li><li>KyberNetwork&#8217;s user experience and how a trade occurs from start to finish</li><li>The various actors in the network and their respective roles</li><li>How KyberNetwork mitigates certain vulnerabilities, such as transaction front running</li><li>How network actors are compensated</li><li>KyberNetwork&#8217;s DAO governance model and development roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kyber.network/" target="_blank">KyberNetwork</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.kyber.network/" target="_blank">KyberNetwork Blog</a></li> <li><a href="https://kyber.network/assets/KyberNetworkWhitepaper-v0.5.pdf" target="_blank">KyberNetwork White Paper</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/FrC67cv0MKA" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-195" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/195/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/IxRYuc2n92I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 09, 2017
#194 Eyal Hertzog: Bancor and the Rise of User-Generated Currencies
1:12:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Bancor is a simple, but hard-to-understand protocol that enables price discovery and liquidity even for assets that aren&#8217;t actively traded. Co-Founder Eyal Hertzog joined us to explain how the Bancor protocol works and why they think it will play a key role in enabling a massive wave of small, but interconnected user-generated currencies. We dissected the workings of the protocol, its radical implications as well as the takeaways from their record-shattering, but controversial crowdsale.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Eyal&#8217;s background in early internet startups</li><li>The origin story of Bancor</li><li>Why asset markets suffer from the double coincidence of wants problem</li><li>The benefits of Bancor-based Smart Tokens</li><li>How Bancor and BNT can create a liquidity network</li><li>Why BNT benefits from network effects</li><li>What went well and what didn&#8217;t go well about the Bancor Crowdsale</li><li>Why Eyal thinks the price floor was a good idea</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.bancor.network/" target="_blank">Bancor protocol</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.bancor.network/static/bancor_protocol_whitepaper_en.pdf" target="_blank">Bancor Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.bancor.network/this-analysis-of-bancor-is-flawed-18ab8a000d43" target="_blank">Response to “Bancor is Flawed” – The Bancor Protocol</a></li> <li><a href="https://youtu.be/xsXUm8seX7A" target="_blank">Bancor at Coinfest 2017 in Amsterdam - YouTube</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcTPYjmWp-o&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">Bernard Lietear, EURO architect discusses Bancor</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/sinHgYld5k0" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-194" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/194/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/e_XzL8C9hQo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 04, 2017
#193 Dave Collins & Jake Yocom-Piatt:: Decred – A Hybrid Approach to Blockchain Governance
1:08:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Dave Collins and Jake Yocom-Piatt join us to talk about Decred, a cryptocurrency which introduces an innovative system of community-based governance into its blockchain. Decred implements a hybrid Proof of Work and Proof of Stake system in which miners validate transactions, while users can vote on new features and upgrades to the protocol. This clever approach enables efficient blockchain governance, which has demonstrated to be successful in a recent protocol upgrade on the live network.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Dave and Jake&#8217;s respective backgrounds in the blockchain space</li><li>The challenges addressed by Decred, specifically regarding blockchain governance</li><li>Decred&#8217;s hybrid Proof of Work/Proof of Stake approach to governance</li><li>How users of the network vote on protocol upgrade with &#8220;&#8221;tickets&#8221;&#8221;</li><li>Possible downfalls and attack vectors to this approach</li><li>How Decred&#8217;s governance model successfully implemented a hard fork on the production network</li><li>Decred&#8217;s approach to development funding</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.decred.org/" target="_blank">Decred Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://docs.decred.org/research/overview/" target="_blank">Decred Documentation</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/E5mXtGvwelU" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-193" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/193/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/1mws2POeOzs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 26, 2017
#192 Aviv Zohar & Yonatan Sompolinsky: Of Spectre & Ghosts – Radical Ideas to Scale Blockchain Tech
1:09:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Hebrew University academics Aviv Zohar and Yonatan Sompolinski joined us to discuss their research at the forefront of blockchain technology. We talked about their early proposals for scaling Bitcoin using the GHOST protocol, which later inspired Ethereum. And then we discussed SPECTRE and a new type of network based on directed acrylic graphs (DAG). DAGs abandon the blockchain data structure to allow constant generation of blocks that later get merged achieving block times of seconds and throughput many orders of magnitudes above current blockchain network.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Aviv Zohar wrote one of the first academic papers on Bitcoin in 2011</li><li>The GHOST protocol and how it could allow much faster block times</li><li>The difference between what Ethereum built and the GHOST protocol</li><li>Why DAG (Directed Acrylic Graphs) have massive advantages over blockchains</li><li>Towards massive on-chain scaling and speed with the SPECTRE Protocol</li><li>Their view on existing DAG-based networks like IOTA and Byteball</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@avivzohar/the-spectre-protocol-7dbbebb707b5" target="_blank">SPECTRE Medium Post</a></li> <li><a href="https://eprint.iacr.org/2016/1159.pdf" target="_blank">SPECTRE (full paper)</a></li> <li><a href="https://eprint.iacr.org/2013/881.pdf" target="_blank">Accelerating Bitcoin's Transactions</a></li> <li><a href="http://fc15.ifca.ai/preproceedings/paper_101.pdf" target="_blank">Inclusive Blockchain Protocols</a></li> <li><a href="https://arxiv.org/pdf/1111.2626.pdf" target="_blank">On Bitcoin and Red Balloons</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.cs.huji.ac.il/~avivz/" target="_blank">Aviv's Website</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.cs.huji.ac.il/~yoni_sompo/" target="_blank">Yonatan's Website</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/DzXH4I8ncVs" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-192" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/192/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/D3TpgWrAel4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 19, 2017
#191 Richard Craib: Numerai – A Revolutionary Hedge Fund Built on Blockchain and AI
1:11:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Numerai Founder Richard Craib joined us to discuss his radical project to build a hedge fund with network effects. Numerai manages its portfolio by giving its data in encrypted form to data scientists who compete to create the best predictions and get paid with cryptocurrencies. Numerai expects to radically alter the structure of the hedge fund and asset management industry.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How hedge funds work and what trends effect them</li><li>Quantitative trading and the role of AI in investing</li><li>How Numerai uses crowdsourcing and AI to manage its portfolio</li><li>How Numerai lets data scientists build models without knowing the underlying data</li><li>The Function of Numerai&#8217;s own token Numeraire</li><li>Why Numerai is switching from paying data scientists in Bitcoin to Ethereum</li><li>Numerai&#8217;s crazy goal of managing all the money in the world</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://numer.ai/" target="_blank">Numerai</a></li> <li><a href="https://numer.ai/whitepaper.pdf" target="_blank">Numerai Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/numerai/an-ai-hedge-fund-goes-live-on-ethereum-a80470c6b681" target="_blank">An AI Hedge Fund Goes Live On Ethereum – Numerai – Medium</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/numerai/a-new-cryptocurrency-for-coordinating-artificial-intelligence-on-numerai-9251a131419a" target="_blank">A New Cryptocurrency For Coordinating Artificial Intelligence on Numerai</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/numerai/encrypted-data-for-efficient-markets-fffbe9743ba8" target="_blank">Encrypted Data For Efficient Markets</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhJnt0N497c" target="_blank">Building the Numerai Meta Model</a></li> <li><a href="https://vimeo.com/205032211" target="_blank">Introducing Numeraire</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/Xa6L2UHTm2g" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-191" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/191/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/hwuEKSYX7hM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 11, 2017
#190 Erik Voorhees: Prism – The World’s First Portfolio Market Platform
1:01:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Shapeshift CEO Erik Voorhees joined us to discuss his journey in the industry, the evolution of the decentralized exchange Shapeshift and their latest project Prism. We spent most time diving into the mechanics and enormous potential of Prism. Prism allows users to create a portfolio of digital assets that is purely managed on the Ethereum blockchain and illustrates how blockchain-based financial products can be built.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Erik&#8217;s journey in the blockchain space from SatoshiDice to Shapeshift</li><li>Shapeshift&#8217;s evolution and long-term vision</li><li>Erik&#8217;s view on ICOs and why they will disrupt the stock markets</li><li>Prism &#8211; The world&#8217;s first trustless portfolio market platform</li><li>The mechaniscs of Prism</li><li>Why Erik supports SegWit2x</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://shapeshift.io/" target="_blank">Shapeshift Website</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneyandstate.com/" target="_blank">Erik Vorhees' Blog: Money and State</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/ErikVoorhees" target="_blank">Erik Vorhees Twitter Page</a></li> <li><a href="https://prism.exchange/" target="_blank">Prism Exchange</a></li> <li><a href="https://info.shapeshift.io/blog/2017/05/21/introducing-prism-worlds-first-trustless-portfolio-market-platform" target="_blank">Introducing Prism - Blog Post</a></li> <li><a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/130/" target="_blank">Epicenter 130 with Erik Vorhees</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/s4UeHbv7-tA" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-190" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/190/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/XV37sCMXWdc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 04, 2017
#189 Jimmy Song: A Fork in the Road for Bitcoin?
1:06:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>After years of what has seemed like an endless debate, bitcoin may be at a crucial turning point in its relatively short lifetime. The question network scalability has divided the community into several factions which are seemingly irreconcilable. However, in just a few weeks, the future of bitcoin may be decided as miners and users throw their support behind one of many proposals to propel the bitcoin network into a new era.</p><p>Bitcoin Developer and Principal Architect at Paxos, Jimmy Song, joins us to discuss the different scalability proposals for which miners are currently signaling their support. Among others, Segregated Witness (BIP 141), Emergent Consensus (Bitcoin Unlimited) and SegWit2x (The New York Agreement), are gaining significant traction among miners. Will one of these proposals gain majority support, allowing for the network to upgrade with relative ease, or will we enter a situation where one proposal is backed by a strong minority of users, potentially forking the network into two?</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Jimmy&#8217;s background as a Bitcoin Developer and former VP of Engineering at Armory</li><li>A broad overview of bitcoin network&#8217;s current situation</li><li>An overview of the different scaling proposals for which miners are signaling their support</li><li>Important dates coming up in July and August of 2017</li><li>The difference between Segregated Witness and SegWit2x</li><li>The UASF and how it may affect SegWit2x implementation</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/bip91-segwit-activation-kludge-should-keep-bitcoin-whole/ " target="_blank">BIP91: The SegWit Activation "Kludge" That Should Keep Bitcoin Whole</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@jimmysong/examining-bitmains-press-release-6b47b0646f15 " target="_blank">Examining Bitmain’s Press Release</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@jimmysong/bip-148-uasf-q-a-6b6af56f3a56 " target="_blank">BIP 148 UASF Q&A</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/6hkuze/greg_maxwell_a_hasty_snapshot_of_a_few_of_my_views/ " target="_blank">Greg Maxwell: "a hasty snapshot of a few of my views"</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.bitmain.com/en/uahf-contingency-plan-uasf-bip148/ " target="_blank">UAHF: A contingency plan against UASF (BIP148)</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@jimmysong/how-to-give-everyone-more-control-b3391c0f7816 " target="_blank">How to Give Everyone More Control</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@DCGco/bitcoin-scaling-agreement-at-consensus-2017-133521fe9a77 " target="_blank">"Bitcoin Scaling Agreement at Consensus 2017</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@jimmysong/bitcoin-uasf-and-skin-in-the-game-7695031c5689 " target="_blank">Bitcoin, UASF and Skin in the Game</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@jimmysong/uasf-bip148-scenarios-and-game-theory-9530336d953e " target="_blank">UASF BIP148 Scenarios and Game Theory</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@jimmysong/why-the-uasf-segwit-scenario-is-hopelessly-naive-70338711bc3c " target="_blank">Why the UASF Segwit Scenario is Hopelessly Naive</a></li> <li><a href="https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-discuss/2017-June/000149.html " target="_blank">[bitcoin-discuss] [Bitcoin-segwit2x] Alpha Milestone</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/B300NLQB7-k" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-189" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/189/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/eV7vhnkHjVo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 27, 2017
#188 William Mougayar: Unpacking Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and Token Sales
1:12:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Token sales, often called Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), are exploding in popularity. Seemingly each week a new record is hit with huge sums being raised by alpha-stage projects in almost no time. William Mougayar, an investor, author and blogger, who has been at the forefront of the token sale movement joined us to unpack the most dynamic trend in the blockchain ecosystem. We cover the great promise of token sales in disrupting venture capital and changing how startups are build and grown. We also address the apparent irrationality of valuations and what distinguishes a responsible from a reckless token sale.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The current state of the ICO market</li><li>Issues with recent ICOs such as BAT, Bancor and Gnosis</li><li>Why more attention needs to be paid to the relationship between token and application usage</li><li>How one should think about token valuations</li><li>Whether we are in a bubble or not</li><li>How VCs are responding to disruption through ICOs</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://startupmanagement.org/blog/" target="_blank">Startup Management Blog</a></li> <li><a href="http://startupmanagement.org/2017/06/06/the-ultimate-reading-list-for-blockchain-token-and-cryptocurrency-sources/" target="_blank">"The Ultimate Reading List for Blockchain, Token and Cryptocurrency Sources"</a></li> <li><a href="http://startupmanagement.org/2017/06/10/tokenomics-a-business-guide-to-token-usage-utility-and-value/" target="_blank">"Tokenomics – A Business Guide to Token Usage, Utility and Value"</a></li> <li><a href="http://startupmanagement.org/2017/06/14/raising-tokens-to-build-a-company-or-an-ecosystem/" target="_blank">Raising Tokens to Build a Company or an Ecosystem?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Business-Blockchain-Practice-Application-Technology/dp/1119300312/" target="_blank">Business Blockchain on Amazon</a></li> <li><a href="http://vitalik.ca/general/2017/06/09/sales.html" target="_blank">Vitalik Buterin on Token Sale Mechanisms</a></li> <li><a href="http://avc.com/2017/06/buyer-beware/" target="_blank">Buyer Beware – AVC</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClKay1eOR8D825wY5PBYFUA" target="_blank">Token Summit YouTube Channel</a></li> <li><a href="http://tokensummit.com" target="_blank">Token Summit Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://startupmanagement.org/2017/06/13/thoughts-on-the-bancor-token-sale-and-permissionless-innovation/" target="_blank">Thoughts on the Bancor Token Sale</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/pgGOMHbefVM" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-188" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/188/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/95odaOLdde0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 20, 2017
#187 Alex Leverington & Julian Zawistowski: Golem – The Worldwide Decentralized Supercomputer
1:05:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>With most of the world&#8217;s computing power concentrated in Internet companies&#8217; data centers, the Internet has become a very centralized place. The Golem project aims to build the sharing economy of computing power. This &#8220;global, open sourced, decentralized supercomputer&#8221; will function thanks to the combined power of a massive network of machines, from personal laptops to whole data centers. </p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Julian Zawistowski and Alex Leverington, CEO and P2P engineer at Golem. We discuss how Golem hopes to create a more balanced distribution of computing power for the Internet.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>What is Golem and the problem it is addressing</li><li>What may people and companies use Golem for</li><li>How Golem compares to other projects like iExec or TrueBit</li><li>Who are the different participants in the Golem network</li><li>How Golem executes computations</li><li>The role Ethereum has to play in Golem</li><li>How payments work in Golem</li><li>The economic model for Golem&#8217;s decentralized marketplace</li><li>The project&#8217;s current status and roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://golem.network" target="_blank">Golem Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.golemproject.net/" target="_blank">Golem Blog</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.golemproject.net/pre-brass-golem-0-6-0-released-a6501ed8f178" target="_blank">Pre-Brass Golem 0.6.0 Released!</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/e9KZJYoZ7_k" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-187" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/187/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/0AISZaiozpQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 14, 2017
#186 Siân Jones: An Enlightened Approach to Blockchain Regulation in Gibraltar
1:12:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Our regulatory expert Siân Jones joined us to discuss her work on a regulatory framework for distributed ledger technology (DLT) for Gibraltar. We discuss how the framework differs from other efforts and aims to attract rather than curtail blockchain businesses. We also covered why the rapid changes require the flexibility of a principle-based approach to regulation. Finally, we discussed current trends around ICOs and how they could be impacted by regulation.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How the Gibraltar DLT Regulatory Framework came about</li><li>How Gibraltar&#8217;s approach differs from others like BitLicense</li><li>Why a principle-based approach is preferable for technology regulation</li><li>Why the framework focuses on custodial services, not decentralized protocols</li><li>The path from proposal to regulation</li><li>Recent trends in how ICOs are conducted</li><li>Why principle-based regulation could improve the ICO market</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.gibraltarfinance.gi/downloads/20170508-dlt-consultation-published-version.pdf" target="_blank">Proposals for a DLT Regulatory Framework</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2017/05/18/want-to-hold-an-ico-coinlist-makes-it-easy-and-legal" target="_blank">Want To Hold An ICO? CoinList Makes It Easy -- And Legal</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@balajis/thoughts-on-tokens-436109aabcbe" target="_blank">Thoughts on Tokens by Balaji S. Srinivasan</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.tezos.ch" target="_blank">Tezos</a></li> <li><a href="http://coinsult.eu" target="_blank">COINsult</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/kWQFOehjp8A" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-186" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/186/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/OZ-09e0cSGo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 07, 2017
#185 Brendan Eich: Brave – Reinventing the Monetization of Content and Attention
1:01:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>The saying goes: if you&#8217;re not paying for it, it&#8217;s likely that you&#8217;re the product. And with the rise of targeted ads, user behavior tracking, and alike, more and more users are turning to ad blocking software to protect their privacy and improve their browsing experience. In the last 25 years, the content monetization and Internet advertising industries have evolved to become complex ecosystems with multiple intermediating layers between users, publishers, and advertisers. This has created a situation where user&#8217;s rights are constantly violated and where little accountability exists.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Brendan Eich, Founder, and CEO of Brave. As an early Internet pioneer, Brendan created Javascript while working at Netscape in the mid 90&#8217;s, and helped found the Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation, where he served as CEO for several years. Brave is a new desktop and mobile browser which blocks ads and tracking by default. This has the advantage of drastically improves page load times while protecting users&#8217; privacy. But Brave is much more than just a browser. Their team will launch the Basic Attention Token, which will serve as the currency of attention marketplaces between publishers, advertisers, and users. With the ambition to turn the Internet advertising industry on its head, this new attention economy marketplace will eliminate the need for unneeded intermediaries, provide publishers with new content monetization models and remunerate users when they chose to share their data with advertisers.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Brendan&#8217;s background as an early Internet pioneer</li><li>How monetization of content and attention on the Internet are broken</li><li>How the Internet advertising industry works and the players involved</li><li>A high-level overview of the Brave browser</li><li>Brave&#8217;s features and product roadmap</li><li>The Basic Attention Token and its role as a currency for attention</li><li>How BAT will serve to create attention marketplaces between publishers, advertisers, and users</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://brave.com" target="_blank">Brave Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://basicattentiontoken.org" target="_blank">Basic Attention Token</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by , and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/MUtHhYes6-A" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-186" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/185/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/TpDIibnPHlE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 30, 2017
#184 Fred Ehrsam & Trent McConaghy: IPDB – The Interplanetary Database and its Applications in AI
1:35:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Data is the new oil, and those who control massive amounts of it have a major competitive advantage. That advantage becomes exponential when that data is used to teach artificial intelligence. Companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon have a far greater probability of building strong AI than smaller actors simply by the sheer amount of user data and metadata they possess. Let&#8217;s now envision an alternate reality where big data lives on public infrastructure and is accessible to anyone who wishes to use it for the purpose of teaching AI. Big data as a public resource could have the potential to enable vast amounts of innovation at the edges, far greater than that of a small set of incumbents building large centralized AI systems.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Trent McConaghy, who is the CTO and Co-founder of <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/126/">BigchainDB and Ascribe</a>. Trent brings along a special surprise guest, Fred Ehrsam, former Co-founder at Coinbase. For the first half of the show, we have a fascinating discussion with Trent and Fred about the intersection of AI and blockchain technologies, and the implications of publicly available data sets on innovation in AI. For the second half of the show, we talk with Trent about the public implementation of BigchainDB, the Interplanetary Database (IPDB), and the applications for a public big data storage network accessible to all of humanity.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The issues which arise with big data centralization in the context of building artificial intelligence</li><li>How blockchain technologies could serve as the public data infrastructure for teaching AI</li><li>How an AI might gain financial dominance over humanity by selling art on a DAO</li><li>An update on Ascribe and BigchainDB</li><li>The IPDB network and what goals it hopes to achieve</li><li>The IPDB Foundation, its members and governance rules</li><li>The technical components of the IPDB network</li><li>Use cases and applications for a public decentralized global database</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://ipdb.foundation/" target="_blank">IPDB - Interplanetary Database Foundation</a></li> <li><a href="https://developers.ipdb.io/" target="_blank">IPDB Dev Portal</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/XpCi_XbWAzk" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-184" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/184/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/TxsEOBR-85g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 23, 2017
#183 Alex Van de Sande & Nick Johnson: ENS – A Global Naming System for Ethereum
1:13:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Naming systems are an important component of any networked information system. It&#8217;s difficult to imagine how the Internet could have been adopted by the masses had it not been for the Domain Name System, which translates machine-readable IP addresses into human-readable domain names. Blockchains, with their long and complex address formats, suffer from a similar problem. One might think a solution would be to apply the same naming system architecture we have for the public Internet to public blockchains. But DNS, in the eyes of many, is a largely flawed system. Centrally controlled by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet domain names are vulnerable to censorship and barriers to entry are kept artificially high – registering a new Top Level Domain (ex: .epicenter) costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Alex Van de Sande and Nick Johnson to discuss their approach to creating an open, secure and decentralized naming system for the Ethereum Network. The Ethereum Naming System (ENS) allows users to register .eth domain names, which can be used in supporting Ethereum wallets and clients. Names are reserved by placing a deposit in a smart contract and can be mapped to any Ethereum addresses. So rather than sending funds to 0x8cd&#8230;0935, one would simply need to type a memorable name like epicenter.eth into their wallet. Backed by the Ethereum Foundation, ENS will likely become the defacto standard for name registration in Ethereum.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Alex and Nick&#8217;s respective backgrounds and roles in the Ethereum Foundation</li><li>How the Internet&#8217;s Domain Name System works</li><li>The problems and pain points with DNS and how it is governed today</li><li>What is ENS and what problems it is addressing</li><li>The ENS auction system and how names are registered</li><li>The different parties involved in ENS</li><li>ENS&#8217;s technical architecture and governing smart contract</li><li>The current governance model of ENS and future plans for increased decentralization of governance</li><li>ENS&#8217;s economic model and technical roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://ens.domains" target="_blank">Ethereum Name Service</a></li> <li><a href="http://registrar.ens.domains/" target="_blank">ENS Registrar</a></li> <li><a href="https://github.com/ethereum/ens/" target="_blank">ENS Github Project</a></li> <li><a href="https://gitter.im/ethereum/go-ethereum/name-registry" target="_blank">ENS Gitter Channel</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/EnsBot" target="_blank">ENS Twitter Bot</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/rBx5UPzF68w" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-183" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/183/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/nK0xE4s57u0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 16, 2017
#182 Peter Van Valkenburgh: Towards Sound Bitcoin Policy
1:10:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Coin Center is a non-profit in Washington DC that focuses on research and advocacy issues facing public blockchain networks like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Their aim is to protect users and foster innovation through achieving sound policies and regulations.</p><p>Director of Research Peter Van Valkenburgh joined us to discuss the work of the center and the most pressing regulatory issues facing the industry today.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The origins and objectives of Coin Center</li><li>How to judge the success of Coin Center</li><li>Why Peter is more bullish on permissionless than permissioned blockchains</li><li>The three areas of blockchain regulation: Consumer protection, anti money laundering and securities</li><li>His view about ICOs</li><li>Why people should pay attention to money transmission regulations</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://coincenter.org/" target="_blank">Coin Center Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://coincenter.org/entry/open-matters" target="_blank">Open Matters: Why Permissionless Blockchains are Essential to the Future of the Internet</a></li> <li><a href="https://coincenter.org/entry/framework-for-securities-regulation-of-cryptocurrencies" target="_blank">Framework for Securities Regulation of Cryptocurrencies</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/valkenburgh" target="_blank">Twitter Peter Van Valkenburgh</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/Y6QHi3r59dw" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-182" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/182/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/QQoiBFHLLdQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 09, 2017
#181 Carl Bennetts & Jarrad Hope: Status – The Mobile Ethereum Client
12:56:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>The road to mainstream adoption of blockchain technologies is a long one. Although the user experience of wallets has greatly improved since the dark days of command-line only interfaces, decentralized applications continue to struggle with onboarding non-technical users.</p><p>Jarrad Hope and Carl Bennetts, join us to discuss Status, a mobile Ethereum client which aims to turn the standard wallet experience on its head. At its core, Status is a mobile instant messenger client that leverages the Whisper protocol for secure peer-to-peer communication. Through its familiar messaging interface and elegant design, users can chat and send Ether directly in the app. As the first implementation of Ethereum&#8217;s Light Client Protocol, users may also use decentralized applications such as uPort, Gnosis and Aragon on their mobile phones. Built as an open source project, Status&#8217; developer platform also allows developers to easily port their Dapps to the app.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Jarrad and Carl&#8217;s background and journey to the Ethereum space</li><li>Status&#8217; vision for a friendly, mobile Dapp client</li><li>Status&#8217; technical architecture</li><li>How Status leverages Ethereum&#8217;s Light Client and Whisper protocols</li><li>The Status user experience and feature set</li><li>Jarrad and Carl&#8217;s views on privacy and how Status fulfils their goal of privacy by default</li><li>The long term vision for a Status Network</li><li>The project&#8217;s roadmap and business model</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://status.im" target="_blank">Status: The Mobile Ethereum Client</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/statusim/" target="_blank">Status Reddit</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/kMVHp6zmaJY" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-181" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/181/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/Xj7ihiiWl-s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 02, 2017
#180 Mano Thanabalan: Otonomos – Simplifying Incorporation and Automating Corporate Governance
1:03:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Anyone who has ever started a company knows just how tedious that process that can be. Whether it&#8217;s establishing a shareholder&#8217;s agreement, defining the company&#8217;s constitutional structure, raising funds, or transferring shares, corporate governance procedures remain largely paper-based, requiring validation from multiple stakeholders, and their lawyers. Blockchain technologies, and specifically smart contracts, provide the rails upon which these processes can be digitized and streamlined, reducing operational costs, eliminating errors and automating menial tasks.</p><p>Manu Thanabalan, CTO of Otonomos, joins us to discuss how his company is leveraging smart contracts to accelerate incorporation and automate corporate governance. Otonomos provides the tools and services which allow for anyone to start a company in any of the jurisdictions they support. Using their platform, founders are able to define board members and issue shares, while captables are kept up-to-date in real-time. Day-to-day governance mechanisms and standard procedures such as voting and share transfers are automated through a smart contact, which complies with local jurisdictional regulation.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Mano&#8217;s background as a quantitative trader and how he transitioned into blockchain</li><li>The fundamental problem Otonomos is addressing</li><li>How we may be able to unlock a tremendous amount of value by liberating shares currently locked in private companies</li><li>Leveraging smart contracts to automate standardized corporate legal procedures</li><li>The types of constitutional rules which can be digitized and automated with smart contracts</li><li>The ability to simplify accounting and auditing with Otonomos</li><li>The Otonomos technology stack</li><li>The current state of Otonomos and their product roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://otonomos.com" target="_blank">Otonomos Website</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/i7e_ORfk-Lg" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-180" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/180/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/lV-ZAYwD-YA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 25, 2017
#179 Thomas Voegtlin: Blocksize, Bitcoin Unlimited, ASICBoost and Activating SegWit
1:03:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Years into the great Bitcoin scaling debate no solution is in reach. Neither bigger blocks nor Segregated Witness have anywhere near consensus support. With the conflict escalating, a Bitcoin fork has become a real possibility.</p><p>Electrum Developer Thomas Voegtlin joined us to discuss the state of the Bitcoin scaling debate. We discussed Bitcoin Unlimited, ASICBoost, SegWit activation without miner support and how a Bitcoin fork could play out. Possible outcomes include that Bitcoin Unlimited gains a majority of hashing power and starts mining bigger blocks. In the event of a fork, a proof-of-work change could be done to defend the minority chain from miner attacks. And lately a proposal was brought forward to activate SegWit without the support of the hashing power.</p><p>Topics discussed in this episode:</p><ul><li>ASICBoost and its potential role in the conflict</li><li>How a Bitcoin fork could happen</li><li>How to split coins in case of a fork</li><li>How UASF could be used to activate SegWit without miner support</li><li>Requirements for UASF to be safe</li><li>How Electrum would handle a fork</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://electrum.org/#home" target="_blank">Electrum Bitcoin Wallet</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@samcole_74219/asicboost-655a73d48ae4" target="_blank">ASICBoost – Hacker Noon</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoins-new-controversy-asicboost-allegations-explained/" target="_blank">Bitcoin's New Controversy: The AsicBoost Allegations Explained - CoinDesk</a></li> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/timothanke/status/849896505653706753" target="_blank">Timo Hanke on ASICBoost and SegWit Non-Activation</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.coindesk.com/asicboost-uasf-greg-maxwell-bitcoins-path-forward/" target="_blank">From AsicBoost to UASF: Greg Maxwell on Bitcoin's Path Forward - CoinDesk</a></li> <li><a href="https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2017-April/014146.html" target="_blank">[bitcoin-dev] Thomas Voegtlin: Soft Fork Threshold Signaling Proposal</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.uasf.co/" target="_blank">UASF Working Group</a></li> <li><a href="https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2017-April/014152.html" target="_blank">[bitcoin-dev] Greg Maxwell: I do not support the BIP 148 UASF</a></li> <li><a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/069/" target="_blank">Thomas Voegtlin: Electrum, SPV Wallets And Bitcoin Aliases — Epicenter</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/18QdbsSo8T8" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-179" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/179/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/vc6X5DEmH_g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 18, 2017
#178 Gilles Fedak: iExec – Blockchain-Based Fully Distributed Cloud Computing Infrastructure
1:07:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>For decades, science and academia have leveraged distributed computing to solve massive computational problems. Distributed grid computing schemes allow donors to volunteer their desktop computer&#8217;s idle resources toward scientific projects in physics, biology, and chemistry, where large amounts of parallel computing resources are necessary. Relying on software like BONIC, these networks provide features such as built-in fault tolerance and result verification. And with the proliferation of mobile and IoT, the potential for massively distributed grid networks has never been greater.</p><p>Gilles Fedak, a researcher at the French computer science research body Inria, joins us to discuss a new project which aims to build a high-performance distributed cloud infrastructure marketplace. Relying on mature grid computing technologies, iExec utilizes Ethreum to organize a peer-to-peer marketplace of computing resources, allowing anyone to rent their idle resources to grid networks. If it succeeds to execute on its vision, this game-changing project could revolutionize distributed computing through cost reduction and the commoditization of resources.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Gilles&#8217; background as a distributed computing researcher</li><li>Distributed computing and it&#8217;s applications in science and industry</li><li>The problems we see in distributed computing networks</li><li>The iExec project and its vision for a distributed computing resource marketplace</li><li>How iExec works as an Ethereum smart contract</li><li>The different components and participants of iExec</li><li>The iExec token and upcoming crowds ale</li><li>The project&#8217;s business model and roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://iex.ec/" target="_blank">iEx.ec Website</a></li> <li><a href="http://graal.ens-lyon.fr/~gfedak/" target="_blank">Gilles Fedak Home Page at ENS Lyon</a></li> <li><a href="http://iex.ec/?page_id=186" target="_blank">iEx.ec White Paper</a></li> <li><a href="http://crowdsale.iex.ec/" target="_blank">iEx.ec Crowdsale</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/y_WrkUcNEDQ" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-178" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/178/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/tKVLvE81lG0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 11, 2017
#177 Christian Reitwiessner & Jason Teutsch: TrueBit – Scalable Off-Chain Computations for Ethereum
1:03:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Bitcoin and Ethereum miners collectively make up what is perhaps the most powerful computational resource in the world. However, mobile phones from the early 2000&#8217;s could arguably run more complex operations than these networks combined. While blockchains themselves may never reach the level of computational power of modern computers, they may be leveraged as the underlying verification layer for centralized computing.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Jason Teutsch and Christian Reitwiessner. They are the co-authors of a visionary whitepaper which describes Truebit. This protocol would allow complex computations to be executed on off-chain systems while being validated by Ethereum miners. The results of these computations would consequently be available to on-chain smart contracts. Truebit makes clever use of proof systems and game theory to build a protocol where a Task Giver can ask a third party, the Solver, to execute a complex computation in exchange for a reward. Not limited to Solidity, these could be executed in traditional languages such as Go, Python or C++. Verifiers could then challenge the results, incentivising the Solver to be honest or see his reward be stripped away. This incentive structure would guarantee fast and reliable results while eliminating the need for a trusted third party.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Jason and Christian respective backgrounds in the ecosystem.</li><li>The core problem being addressed by Truebit</li><li>Why a scalable decentralized computational resource is desirable</li><li>How Truebit makes use of proof systems and game theory to enable trusted computations off-chain</li><li>How the verification game works the incentive structures proposed in Truebit</li><li>The various use cases for Truebit</li><li>How Truebit could allow for blockchain interoperability without the need for &#8220;blockchain of blockchains&#8221; type networks</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://truebit.io" target="_blank">TrueBit Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/truebit/" target="_blank">TrueBit Subreddit</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO2tEOBBFOE" target="_blank">TrueBit: Scalable Computation talk by Christian Reitwiessner at Ethereum Meetup in Berlin</a></li> <li><a href="https://chriseth.github.io/notes/talks/truebit_meetup_2017-03" target="_blank">Slides for the Scalable Computation talk</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/QY0OUTaIWIc" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-177" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/177/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/BVzwQNafkD0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 04, 2017
#176 Adam B. Levine: Building a Blockchain Podcast Network
1:08:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>In the world of Bitcoin podcast, there is one show which definitely stands out as the longest running, Let&#8217;s Talk Bitcoin! In its 4-year history, the show has produced over 320 episodes and expanded to become a network of podcasts which includes Epicenter and many others. </p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Adam B. Levine the founder and host of Let&#8217;s Talk Bitcoin! It was thanks to Adam that Sébastien and Brian first connected in 2013, so in many ways, we consider him as the &#8220;&#8221;spiritual grandfather&#8221;&#8221; of Epicenter. Adam reflects on his signature show and the network he created in 2014. He discusses the future of the network and makes an announcement live on the show, which even takes us by surprise.</p><p>Topics discussed in this episode:</p><ul><li>The history of the Let&#8217;s Talk Bitcoin! podcast</li><li>What listeners can expect for the future of the show</li><li>The LTB Coin reward token experiment, what was learned and the future of that project</li><li>The Let&#8217;s Talk Bitcoin! Network and how it&#8217;s evolving</li><li>The Tokenly project and its use cases</li><li>Token.fm: a platform for music creators to sell licences to their music as tokens</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://token.fm" target="_blank">Token.FM - Early Access</a></li> <li><a href="http://btcmedia.org" target="_blank">BTC Media</a></li> <li><a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/064/" target="_blank">Adam B. Levine: Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network, LTBCoin, Monetizing Content & Crowdfunding — Epicenter</a></li> <li><a href="http://letstalkbitcoin.com" target="_blank">Let's Talk Bitcoin!</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/FBypnbWXHMA" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-176" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/176/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/9hxD2wm-2Os" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 28, 2017
#175 Miguel Vias: XRP’s Future for Cross-Border Payments
1:00:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>For a long time the native asset of the Ripple network XRP was the cryptocurrency with the second biggest market cap. But with much of the supply controlled by Ripple, it remained surrounded by controversy. Still, XRP remains an interesting asset to enable cross-border payments in the future. Miguel Vias recently joined Ripple after a long career on Wall Street to develop XRP as a liquid and widely accepted asset.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Miguel Vias went from trading precious metals to XRP</li><li>The similarities between precious metals and cryptocurrencies</li><li>The role Ripple sees for XRP</li><li>The connection between XRP and interledger</li><li>Why the FinCEN fine changed Ripple’s course</li><li>XRP’s role in cross-border payments</li><li>How Miguel is trying to create liquid markets for XRP</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://ripple.com" target="_blank">Ripple Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://ripple.com/insights/cme-group-executive-miguel-vias-joins-ripple/" target="_blank">CME Group Executive Miguel Vias Joins Ripple | Ripple</a></li> <li><a href="https://ripple.com/insights/ripple-and-r3-team-up-with-12-banks-to-trial-xrp-for-cross-border-payments/" target="_blank">"Ripple and R3 Team Up with 12 Banks to Trial XRP for Cross-Border Payments | Ripple"</a></li> <li><a href="https://ripple.com/xrp-portal/xrp-resources/q4-2016-xrp-markets-report/" target="_blank">Q4 2016 XRP Markets Report | Ripple</a></li> <li><a href="https://interledger.org/" target="_blank">Welcome | Interledger</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.coindesk.com/fincen-fines-ripple-labs-700000-bank-secrecy-act/" target="_blank">FinCEN Fines Ripple Labs for Bank Secrecy Act Violations</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/d2C0-W0fQWk" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-175" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/175/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/aAdnmDnGqBQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 21, 2017
#174 Carsten Stöcker: How Blockchains Will Power the Energy Grids of Tomorrow
1:05:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>In the footsteps of the finance industry, the energy sector has been caught by the blockchain fever. Conceived over a century ago, increased usage and an explosion of devices have made energy grids outdated. Smart grids offer a two-way dialogue where electricity and information are exchanged between utilities and its customers. This new grid takes advantages of connected devices and green energy production to provide more reliability, security and sustainability.</p><p>Carsten Stöcker, Senior Manager Machine Economy &amp; Blockchain at Innogy, shares his vision for how blockchains will serve as the transactional fabric for tomorrow&#8217;s smart grids. In this new paradigm, energy is locally produced and blockchains provide the rails on which local energy marketplaces can be built. The German utility has been conducting blockchain experiments for several years and is soon releasing the Mobility Transaction Platform moveX. The Ethereum-powered platform will serve an ecosystem of electric vehicles with transaction layer needed for charging, car sharing and mobility as a service.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Carsten&#8217;s background in technology</li><li>The history of RWE and creation of Innogy</li><li>Business models in a decentralized economy</li><li>How the energy grid system works</li><li>The transition from the traditional grid to the smart grid</li><li>How blockchains can be integrated in tomorrow&#8217;s smart grids</li><li>Use cases for blockchain and energy</li><li>Innogy&#8217;s moveX blockchain experiment for mobility</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://innovationhub.innogy.com" target="_blank">innogy Innovation Hub</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/12/goodbye-car-ownership-hello-clean-air-this-is-the-future-of-transport" target="_blank">World Economic Forum - Decentral Blockchain Transaction Platform</a></li> <li><a href="https://shareandcharge.com/en/" target="_blank">Share and Charge - Mobility on Blockchain</a></li> <li><a href="https://youtu.be/it2X_j-DPmA" target="_blank">Blockcharge - Electric Vehicle Charging on Ethereum Blockchain</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.genesisofthings.com" target="_blank">Genesis of Things - Industry 4.0 on Blockchain</a></li> <li><a href="https://medium.com/iotatangle/automating-machine-transactions-and-building-trust-in-the-4th-industrial-revolution-d3219a157396#.u99on2xeo" target="_blank">"Automating Machine Transactions and Building Trust in the 4th Industrial Revolution"</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.freelectrons.co" target="_blank">"Free Electrons" - a new global energy start-up program</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/9q5gsKo9DHE" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-174" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/174/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/OoYov75lqG0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 14, 2017
#173 Olaf Carlson-Wee: Polychain Capital – The Rise of Protocol Tokens
1:06:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Writing his college thesis on Bitcoin in 2012 and becoming Coinbase&#8217;s first employee in 2013, Olaf Carlson-Wee has been at the forefront of cryptocurrency for many years. Recently, he left Coinbase to start Polychain Capital, a hedge fund focused solely on investing in cryptocurrencies and protocol tokens. Olaf joined us to discuss his journey in the industry and the investment thesis behing Polychain.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Olaf Carlson-Wee became Coinbase&#8217;s first employee</li><li>The investment thesis behind Polychain Capital</li><li>Why protocol tokens represent a huge investment opportunity</li><li>The current state of tokensales</li><li>Why the blockchain crowdfunding campaigns will start resembling VC deal structure</li><li>His view on the state of the Bitcoin network and community</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href=""http://polychain.capital "" target="_blank">Polychain Capital</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.mixpanel.com/2016/07/27/blockchain-technology-olaf-carlson-wee/" target="_blank">Beyond Bitcoin: The future of cryptocurrencies - The Signal</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wired.com/2017/01/bitcoin-will-never-currency-something-way-weirder/" target="_blank">Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency—It's Something Way Weirder | WIRED</a></li> <li><a href="http://avc.com/2016/07/the-golden-age-of-open-protocols/" target="_blank">The Golden Age Of Open Protocols – AVC</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.coinbase.com/app-coins-and-the-dawn-of-the-decentralized-business-model-8b8c951e734f#.rl4mv6p98" target="_blank">Blockchain Tokens and the dawn of the Decentralized Business Model</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usv.com/blog/fat-protocols" target="_blank">Fat Protocols | Union Square Ventures</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2016/12/09/andreessen-horowitz-and-union-square-ventures-invest-10-million-in-new-digital-assets-hedge-fund/#2e6f5ce95e97" target="_blank">a16z and USV invest $10m in new digital asset hedge fund</a></li> <li><a href="https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/08/the-future-is-a-decentralized-internet/" target="_blank">The future is a decentralized internet | TechCrunch</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/EUYfKXyFAe8" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-173" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/173/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/nl4cQdyRiZo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 07, 2017
#172 Peter Rizun: A Bitcoin Fee Market Without A Blocksize Limit
1:09:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>With both the Bitcoin Unlimited and Segregated Witness efforts far from reaching majority support and exploding transaction fees, the debate around how to scale Bitcoin continues on. One of the key arguments against bigger blocks and Bitcoin Unlimited is that a blocksize restriction is needed to create a healthy fee market. Dr Peter Rizun has been researching the economics of transaction fees in Bitcoin extensively and joined us to discuss what dynamics affect fees and why he thinks the blocksize limit will eventually fall.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Bitcoin seen through the eyes of a physicist</li><li>The dynamics that determine transaction fees in Bitcoin</li><li>How orphaning risks drive the fee market economics</li><li>The relationship between the block reward and the fee market</li><li>Why the blocksize limit will eventually fall</li><li>Why Peter supports Bitcoin Unlimited</li><li>The state of discussion between Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin Unlimited</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad0Pjj_ms2k" target="_blank">Dr. Peter Rizun's talk at Scaling Bitcoin Montreal 2015</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.bitcoinunlimited.info/resources/feemarket.pdf" target="_blank">Dr. Peter Rizun: "A Transaction Fee Market Exists Without a Block Size Limit"</a></li> <li><a href="http://xtnodes.com/" target="_blank">XT Nodes - Bitcoin Hashrate Distribution</a></li> <li><a href="https://bitco.in/forum/" target="_blank">Bitco.in Forum</a></li> <li><a href="http://ledgerjournal.org/ojs/index.php/ledger" target="_blank">Ledger - Peer-Reviewed Journal on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/2eaMVWUXW8U" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-172" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/172/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/95XVjP26p18" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 28, 2017
#171 Vitalik Buterin: DAO Lessons, Casper and Blockchain Interoperability
1:07:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin joined us once again to discuss the state of Ethereum and the efforts to innovate the protocol. We covered the takeaways from the DAO fork, switching to the proof-of-stake system Casper and how to think about blockchain interoperability.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>&#8211; Lessons from the DAO hack</li><li>&#8211; The security flaws of Proof-of-Work</li><li>&#8211; Why Proof-of-Stake will provide more security and scalability</li><li>&#8211; The state of Casper and transition timeline</li><li>&#8211; Blockchain interoperability</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://ethereum.org/" target="_blank">Ethereum Foundation</a></li> <li><a href="https://ethereum.org/2017/02/14/ethereum-rnd-roundup-valentines-day-edition/" target="_blank">Ethereum R&D Roundup Valentine's Day</a></li> <li><a href="https://blog.ethereum.org/2016/12/31/december-roundup/" target="_blank">December Development Roundup</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.r3cev.com/blog/2017/1/23/chain-interoperability" target="_blank">R3 Chain Interoperability Paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/058/" target="_blank">Epicenter 58: Ethereum, Proof-of-Stake and Future of Bitcoin</a></li> <li><a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/091/" target="_blank">Epicenter 91: Frontier Launch and Scalability</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/3p8CGBgLTZQ" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-171" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/171/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/CShUrMOOPN8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 21, 2017
#170 Jae Kwon: Cosmos – The Internet of Blockchains
1:13:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>One of the key issues with blockchain networks is the lack of interoperability. In the early days of Bitcoin, blockchain interoperability was far from people&#8217;s minds. However, as new networks continued to emerge and gain traction, the ability to move assets freely from one blockchain to another has become a critical feature.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Jae Kwon, CEO and Founder of Tendermint, the team which is launching the Cosmos Network. Cosmos aims to build the internet of blockchains: A global network of blockchains, connected through hubs that allow trustless token transfer. Jae joined us to discuss the Cosmos vision, the underlying Tendermint consensus algorithm and upcoming fundraiser.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>What Cosmos is and the problems it hopes to solve</li><li>How Tendermint and Ethereum relate to Cosmos</li><li>How Cosmos differs from other attemps to solve blockchain interoperability</li><li>Cosmos&#8217; consensus algorithm, BFT-PoS</li><li>The role of Hubs and Zones in the Cosmos Network</li><li>Cosmos&#8217; native asset, Atom, and its role in creating liquidity for inter-blockchain exchange</li><li>How validator nodes will be chosen</li><li>Governance in the Cosmos Network</li><li>Applications for Cosmos</li><li>The Atom fundraiser and Cosmos&#8217; product roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://cosmos.network" target="_blank">Cosmos: Internet of Blockchains</a></li> <li><a href="https://tendermint.com/" target="_blank">Tendermint</a></li> <li><a href="http://epicenterbitcoin.com/podcast/113" target="_blank">Epicenter 113: Tendermint - Private Modularized Blockchains</a></li> <li><a href="https://cosmos.network/whitepaper" target="_blank">Cosmos Whitepaper</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/t885QSY0sNQ" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-170" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/170/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/R4L-ac1lMjg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 14, 2017
#169 Silvio Micali: Algorand – A New Scalable and Secure Approach to Byzantine Fault Tolerant Consensus
1:18:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>There is no doubt that proof of work, introduced in the Bitcoin white paper, has stood the test of time as a robust and resilient Byzantine Fault Tolerant consensus mechanism. However, many issues may prevent Nakamoto Consensus from securely scaling over the long term. The risk of validator centralization, network forking, block scarcity and high energy costs required to mine a block have all been extensively debated with no realistic long-term solutions to date. A new paper titled &#8220;Algorand&#8221; attempts to addresses these problems.</p><p>We&#8217;re pleased to be joined by Professor Silvio Micali, a computer scientist at MIT, who is known for his work in many of the technologies blockchains rely on today. As one of the co-inventors of zero-knowledge proofs, he has been decorated with a number of prizes and awards, including the Turing Award, which he received in 2012 for his work in cryptography.</p><p>Prof. Micali describes the concept of Algorand, an alternative approach to proof of work which offers high security guarantees while allowing the network to scale with demand. Relying only on a trivial amount of computation to validate transactions, Algorand also reduces the probability of network forks to near-zero. It uses novel mechanisms to select validators for blocks and enabling them to come to consensus on them.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Professor Micali&#8217;s fascinating career in the fields of computer science and cryptography</li><li>The technical limitations of proof of work</li><li>The ideal properties for a truly decentralized, secure and scalable cryptocurrency</li><li>Algorand&#8217;s new approach to Byzantine consensus</li><li>Algorand&#8217;s strong adversarial model</li><li>How validators are randomly selected by the network</li><li>How validators are chosen and how they arrive at consensus</li><li>How Algorand guarantees a low probability of network forks</li><li>How Algorand addresses the issue of scaling and block size</li><li>Algorand&#8217;s roadmap and future plans</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://arxiv.org/pdf/1607.01341v7.pdf" target="_blank">Algorand White Paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xauku8XWoSE" target="_blank">Algorand talk by Silvo Micali on YouTube</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvio_Micali" target="_blank">Silvio Micali - Wikipedia</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/a40Xt7GnPvs" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-169" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/169/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/MxTQ8llDcGE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 08, 2017
#168 Rick Dudley: The Future of Ethreum as a Strongly Typed Proof-of-Stake Blockchain Network
12:54:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>In the last year, blockchain protocols have matured at an exciting pace. Open source projects like Ethereum, the Eris stack and Tendermint are behind much of the experimentation being conducted at leading companies. These protocols would not be where they are today if it wasn&#8217;t for the hard work of dedicated open source developers.</p><p>One of those people is Rick Dudley. An opinionated and passionate developer, Rick is involved in multiple projects. He works as a DevOps at Monax, works closely with Vlad Zamfir on implementing Casper in Ethereum, is a leading member of the Coala organization and is Founder and CEO of the startup Vulcanize. Rick gives us insider insights on Ethereum and on how the project may evolve, in particular, once Casper is implemented and when more robust, strongly typed language VMs are made available to the protocol.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Rick got involved with blockchain and Ethereum</li><li>His views on the Ethereum&#8217;s planned transition to Casper</li><li>The risks and benefits of moving to Casper</li><li>The subtle differences between Casper and Tendermint</li><li>The recent break up of the Synereo project</li><li>Greg Meredith&#8217;s work on Rchain and Rholang, and how that relates to Ethereum</li><li>Potential synergies between Zcash and Ethereum</li><li>Vulcanize and VulcanizeDB</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@AFDudley/time-waits-for-no-one-c77a2ed20380" target="_blank">Time waits for no one (Medium post)</a></li> <li><a href="https://patents.google.com/patent/US7962751B2" target="_blank">"Method for portability of information between multiple servers patent"</a></li> <li><a href="http://vulcanize.io/" target="_blank">Vulcanize.io</a></li> <li><a href="http://coala.global" target="_blank">Coalition of Automated Legal Applications</a></li> <li><a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/105/" target="_blank">Epicenter episode with Vlad Zamfir</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strong_and_weak_typing" target="_blank">Strong and weak typing - Wikipedia</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%A0-calculus" target="_blank">π-calculus - Wikipedia</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/yiAET6izl8I" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-168" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/168/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/uk5aJyh1b68" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 31, 2017
#167 Peter Harris: Democratizing the Music Industry with the Streaming Music Cooperative Resonate
1:00:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>After the successful Ethereum crowdfunding campaign, musician and web developer Peter Harris saw a path to creating a fair, decentralized music streaming platform. Out of that Resonate was born. Peter joined us to discuss why the dysfunctional structure of the music industry results in a bad deal for musicians and why a decentralized platform supported by blockchain technology and run as a cooperative represents a better way forward.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How technology changed the ability of musician&#8217;s to make money</li><li>Why streaming platforms don&#8217;t compensate musicians fairly</li><li>The story of how Peter came to found resonate</li><li>Why Stream-to-Own is a better way to compensate artists</li><li>Why Resonate chose to build on BigchainDB</li><li>The benefits of the cooperative structure for decentralized platforms</li><li>The Resonate crowd-owning campaign</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://resonate.is/" target="_blank">Resonate Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://seedbloom.it/projects/resonate" target="_blank">Resonate Crowd-Owning Campaign</a></li> <li><a href="https://resonate.is/stream-to-own/" target="_blank">Resonate - Stream-to-Own</a></li> <li><a href="https://resonate.is/building-a-blockchain-database/" target="_blank">Resonate - Building a Blockchain Database</a></li> <li><a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/126/" target="_blank">Epicenter 126: Trent McConaghy on BigchainDB</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.coalaip.org/" target="_blank">COALA IP</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/kXC0KFrTxpg" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-167" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/167/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/A0-XTv5jgQQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 24, 2017
#166 Andrew Clifford & G. Andrew Stone: Bitcoin Unlimited
1:04:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Years into the controversy around how to scale Bitcoin, there have been many challengers to Bitcoin core&#8217;s dominance. After XT, Classic and others have faded, Bitcoin Unlimited has been gaining traction and emerged as plausible new way forward.</p><p>Bitcoin Unlimited wants to make the block size a parameter that is set by miners and nodes, but not fixed at a network level. They argue a natural fee market would emerge, allowing Bitcoin to rapidly scale and realizing its promise of electronic cash as well as store of value. The project is also member-driven, with democratic decisions driving its development decisions.<br />Core developer G. Andrew Stone and Bitcoin Unlimited President Andrew Clifford joined us for the episode.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Stone and Clifford first got involved in Bitcoin</li><li>The history of the blocksize debate and Bitcoin core alternatives</li><li>Why the Bitcoin block size should be determined by miners not developers</li><li>The natural fee market that would arise controlling the size of Unlimited blocks</li><li>How the non-profit organization behind Bitcoin Unlimited works</li><li>How a transition to Bitcoin Unlimited could look like</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://medium.com/@peter_r/the-excessive-block-gate-how-a-bitcoin-unlimited-node-deals-with-large-blocks-22a4a5c322d4#.7bd9dt2ig" target="_blank">Peter Rizun: How Bitcoin Unlimited deals with large blocks</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.bitcoinunlimited.info/" target="_blank">Bitcoin Unlimited Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.bitcoinunlimited.info/resources/1txn.pdf" target="_blank">G. Andrew Stone: Examining Effect of Single Transaction Blocks on Network</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.bitcoinunlimited.info/resources/feemarket.pdf" target="_blank">Peter Rizun: A Transaction Fee Market Exists Without a Block Size</a></li> <li><a href="https://bitco.in/forum/forums/bitcoin-unlimited.15/" target="_blank">Bitcoin Unlimited Member Forum</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.xtnodes.com/" target="_blank">Bitcoin Network Hashrate Distribution</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/Df5S-iZ9Z50" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-166" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/166/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/dr6K2in4T3k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 17, 2017
#165 Wrapping Up The Year and Looking Ahead at What’s to Come
1:12:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>It&#8217;s been an eventful year in the blockchain space, for the Epicenter podcast, and its hosts. Brian, Meher and Sebastien look back on 2016 and provide a few personal updates, give their thoughts and insights on how the space evolved, and make predictions on where they feel the industry will go in the next year. </p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Brian, Meher and Sebastien give a few updates on their personal lives and professional projects</li><li>The current state of VC funding in the blockchain space</li><li>The application of blockchain technologies in enterprise and the corporate development cycle</li><li>The current state of the Bitcoin and Ethereum ecosystems and provide our thoughts on their respective futures</li><li>Predictions for 2017 and speculations on how the industry will continue to evolve</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-venture-capital/" target="_blank">Bitcoin Venture Capital Funding</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.coindesk.com/not-just-bitcoin-the-top-7-cryptocurrencies-all-gained-in-2016/" target="_blank">Not Just Bitcoin: The Top 7 Cryptocurrencies All Gained in 2016</a></li> <li><a href="https://validitylabs.org" target="_blank">Validity Labs</a></li> <li><a href="https://stratumn.com" target="_blank">Stratumn Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://tendermint.com/" target="_blank">Tendermint</a></li> <li><a href="https://cosmos.network/" target="_blank">Cosmos - Internet of Blockchains</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Dictators-Handbook-Behavior-Almost-Politics/dp/1610391845" target="_blank">Dictator's Handbook</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/oQA47uWLJ_0" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-165" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/165/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/oEB7MBifhek" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 09, 2017
#164 Ari Juels: Authenticated Data Feeds and Criminal Smart Contracts
1:00:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Ari Juels, a Professor at Cornell Tech (Jacobs Institute) and former Chief Scientist of RSA, joins us to discuss his work two of his blockchain-related research topics: Authenticated Data Feeds for Smart Contracts and criminal smart contracts.</p><p>One of the shortcomings of decentralized smart contracts is their inability to retrieve information from the outside world. Smart contracts can&#8217;t make API calls to websites and data feeds, but rely on oracles to feed real-world information to the chain. This potentially requires a high trust in the oracle operators. Authenticated data feeds promise to solve the problem by relying on Intel&#8217;s novel SGX hardware.</p><p>We also talked about how criminals could use smart contracts to more efficiently conduct crimes such as incentivizing the theft of private keys or even soliciting real-world crimes such as murder.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Ari&#8217;s background in cryptography and cryptocurrencies</li><li>The pain points with oracles as we describe them today</li><li>The idea behind Authenticated Data Feeds</li><li>The hardware and software architecture of the Authenticated Data Feed model and how hardware isolation works</li><li>How Authenticated Data Feeds could be used to create criminal smart contracts</li><li>The differents ways in which criminals could use Authenticated Data Feeds to release bounties for crimes such as private key theft or even murder</li><li>Countermeasures to fight criminal smart contracts</li><li>The Initiative For Cryptocurrencies &amp; Contracts (IC3) and its raison d&#8217;être</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.arijuels.com" target="_blank">Ari Juels' website</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.initc3.org/files/tc.pdf" target="_blank">Town Crier: An Authenticated Data Feed for Smart Contracts (white paper)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.initc3.org/files/Gyges.pdf" target="_blank">The Ring of Gyges: Investigating the Future of Criminal Smart Contracts (white paper)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.initc3.org/" target="_blank">IC3 - The Initiative For Cryptocurrencies & Contracts</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E__V14SF6SY" target="_blank">CCS 2016: Criminal Smart Contracts Talk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5446858/" target="_blank">Zero Days: Stuxnet Documentary</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/V5pJL6uJuI4" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-163" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/164/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/WsyEduZTbgw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 03, 2017
#163 Roger Ver: Bitcoin, Liberty and the Scalability Roadblock
1:09:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Roger Ver is one of the earliest Bitcoin investors and through his tireless evangelizing of the cryptocurrency became known as &#8216;Bitcoin Jesus&#8217;. Roger joined us to discuss Bitcoin&#8217;s incredible potential to foster liberty. We also discussed how the current stalemate about how to scale Bitcoin is threatening that potential. And, finally, the mining pool operated by his site Bitcoin.com that is supporting the Bitcoin Unlimited client.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Roger Ver became the first investor in Bitcoin startups</li><li>What the Bitcoin community was like in 2011</li><li>The appeal of Bitcoin for voluntaryists</li><li>Why the scalability stalemate is crippling Bitcoin</li><li>Bitcoin.com&#8217;s new mining pool and support for Bitcoin Unlimited</li><li>His vision for the future of Bitcoin</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.bitcoin.com/" target="_blank">Bitcoin.com</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JieIxoBcZM" target="_blank">Roger Ver Uncut Video</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.bitcoinunlimited.info/faq" target="_blank">Bitcoin Unlimited</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.blocktrail.com/BTC/pools?resolution=1w" target="_blank">BLOCKTRAIL | Bitcoin API and Block Explorer</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.bitcoinunlimited.info" target="_blank">Hashrate Distribution Mining Pools & Clients</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.blocktrail.com/BTC/pools?resolution=1w" target="_blank">BLOCKTRAIL | Bitcoin API and Block Explorer</a></li> <li><a href="https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@rogerkver/time-to-end-the-block-size-blockade-by-roger-ver" target="_blank">Roger Ver: TIme to End the Block-Size Blockade</a></li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/1LxK5im" target="_blank">Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/VUegfo-8HKc" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-164" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/163/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/HWlDeyQZNxM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 28, 2016
#162 Ned Scott: Steem – The Blockchain-Based Social Media Platform
1:01:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Few crypto projects have gotten as much attention and caused as much controversy as Steem. The blockchain-based social media platform launched early this year and managed to gain real user traction building up a vibrant community of contributors. The Steem token quickly entered bubble territory reaching a market cap of almost $400m and losing 90% of its value since.</p><p>Steem Co-Founder and CEO Ned Scott joined us to discuss the ambition of the project and its short tumultous history. We also discussed some of the accusations against Steem and its unorthodox launch.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Steem was launched out of the BitShares community</li><li>The different components and tokens of the Steem system</li><li>How Steem rewards content contributors</li><li>The controversial Steem launch and criticisms of the project</li><li>Why Steem transitioned from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake</li><li>The potential disbalance of power due to the Steem distribution</li><li>How Steem managed to build a vibrant user community</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://steem.io/" target="_blank">Steem Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://steemit.com/" target="_blank">Steemit.com</a></li> <li><a href="https://steemit.com/blockchain/@dan/why-every-blockchain-needs-a-constitution" target="_blank">Why Every Blockchain Needs a Constitution</a></li> <li><a href="https://steemit.com/steem/@charlieshrem/was-the-launch-of-steem-a-scam-or-the-only-legal-way-thoughts-on-steem-by-charlie-shrem-a-week-later" target="_blank">Charlie Shrem Article on Steem Launch</a></li> <li><a href="https://steemit.com/steem/@joseph/the-history-of-steem-steemit-launch-in-the-words-of-dan-larimer-from-the-early-launch-days" target="_blank">The History of Steem Launch in Words of Dan Larimer</a></li> <li><a href="https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1427230.0" target="_blank">Bitcoin Talk Thread on Steem Launch</a></li> <li><a href="http://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/46007/what-is-steem-and-steemit" target="_blank">Bitcoin Stackexchange: What is Steem?</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/gg_MHqXa4yI" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-162" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/162/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/WaUqcrcT6ps" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 21, 2016
#161 Marley Gray: Project Bletchley – Microsoft’s Blockchain 3.0 Architecture
1:04:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>In their relatively short lifespan, blockchain technologies have already undergone significant milestones. Bitcoin’s blockchain, often referred to as Blockchain 1.0, features a simple database ledger that records transactions in a chronological order and represents the state of the network to participants. Ethereum, or Blockchain 2.0, introduced the notion of smart contracts. Microsoft’s Bletchley Project introduces a new modular architecture which might mark a new milestone for blockchain technologies.</p><p>Marley Gray, Principal Program Manager Blockchain at Microsoft, joins us to talk about Microsoft’s approach to blockchain architecture. With enterprise in mind, Bletchley introduces the concept of “Cryptlets”, the core building blocks for introducing a secure middleware tier into blockchain application infrastructure. These computational units, running off-chain, on secure trusted container enclave hardware, could provide trusted data to on-chain smart contract logic.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Marley’s background and experience at Microsoft</li><li>Why Microsoft is aggressively pursuing blockchain technologies (compared to other large tech companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc)</li><li>Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain-as-a-Service offering</li><li>Project Bletchley, its goals and the problems it is trying to address</li><li>The primary use cases in which Bletchley may provide value</li><li>How Bletchley addresses the issue of deploying consortium style blockchains</li><li>What are Cryptlets and how do they relate to Bletchley</li><li>How Cryptlets are different from Oracles</li><li>How Cryptlets could provide data to Ethereum-style smart contracts</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://github.com/Azure/azure-blockchain-projects/blob/master/bletchley/bletchley-whitepaper.md" target="_blank">Bletchley Whitepaper</a></li> <li><a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/blockchain/" target="_blank">Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) | Microsoft Azure</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/avAouD1UHH4" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-161" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/161/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/BaBnXG8iyBQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 13, 2016
#160 Brian Behlendorf: How Hyperledger is Developing Foundational Blockchain Technology
1:06:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>As a lead developer of the Apache webserver and founder of the Apache Software Foundation, Brian Behlendorf has played a central role in building internet architecture. Recently, he became Executive Director of the Hyperledger Project that aims to build foundational blockchain technology in an open-source, collaborative way.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Brian&#8217;s role in the development of the Apache server and Apache Software Foundation</li><li>The flaws in how blockchain software is currently being developed</li><li>Why blockchain needs a foundation to steer the development of its foundational technology</li><li>The key lessons from the Apache Software Foundation that inform Hyperledger&#8217;s approach</li><li>Hyperledger&#8217;s membership and organizational structure</li><li>The role of software licenses and why he favors Apache</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.hyperledger.org/" target="_blank">Hyperledger Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Behlendorf" target="_blank">Brian Behlendorf's Wikipedia page</a></li> <li><a href="http://brian.behlendorf.com/" target="_blank">Brian Behlendorf's Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erGveHRUqxY" target="_blank">Blockchain Meetup Berlin Hyperledger Talk</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/huN0dcKHD9U" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-160" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/160/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/mjwZY0uXcg4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 05, 2016
#159 Anuj Das Gupta & Richard Caetano: How Stratumn Secures Processes
1:08:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Stratumn CEO Richard Caetano and Head of Research Anuj das Gupta joined us to discuss their work to bring security and integrity to processes. We covered the philosophy behind the company and why they use cryptography and other technologies coming out of the crypto space while shunning a classical blockchain design.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Paris-based startup Stratumn was founded</li><li>Why Stratumn&#8217;s thinking revolves around processes</li><li>How Proof-of-Process secures the who, what, where, when and why of each step of a process</li><li>How Stratumn uses Zero Knowledge Proofs to protect privacy</li><li>The connection between Proof-of-Process and blockchain protocols</li><li>Why using cryptography to secure processes didn&#8217;t gain traction earlier but does so today</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://stratumn.com/" target="_blank">Stratumn Website</a></li> <li><a href="https://stratumn.com/proof-of-process.html" target="_blank">Proof-of-Process white paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://stratumn.com/use-cases-for-trusted-workflows.html" target="_blank">Use case book</a></li> <li><a href="http://chainscript.io" target="_blank">Chainscript</a></li> <li><a href="http://blog.stratumn" target="_blank">Stratumn Blog</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/imqZKhvxxDI" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-159" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/159/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/_u3lFEuWTf8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 29, 2016
#158 Mona El Isa & Reto Trinkler: The Polkadot Protocol – One Blockchain to Connect Them All
12:55:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>System scalability and extensibility of system features are two central problems around which research in the cryptocurrency / blockchain industry has centered. For example, the Blockstream sidechains project foresaw hundreds of blockchains coordinating together to form an ‘Internet of Chains’ delivering extensibility to the Bitcoin system.</p><p>Recently, Dr. Gavin Wood, co-founder of Ethereum and Parity, put forth Polkadot, a technical vision to achieve the similar end-goals using different system architecture. Polkadot could enable individual blockchain networks to share security and communications infrastructure with other blockchain networks, forming in effect an ‘Internet of Blockchain networks’.</p><p>Melonport, a team based out of Zurich, has taken up the challenge of deploying the Polkadot network and also building decentralized asset management software on the same network. In this episode we converse with Mona El Isa and Reto Trinkler, co-founders of Melonport, in order to discover more about the overall vision.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Melonport, a team based out of Zurich, has taken up the challenge of deploying the Polkadot network and also building decentralized asset management software on the same network. In this episode we converse with Mona El Isa and Reto Trinkler, co-founders of Melonport, in order to discover more about the overall vision.</li><li>Description of problem(s) Polkadot seeks to resolve</li><li>Analogous design problems from technological history</li><li>Overview of Polkadot network</li><li>Overview of Melonport asset management software</li><li>How Melonport and Polkadot connect with each other</li><li>Next steps for the team</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://melonport.com" target="_blank">Melonport website</a></li> <li><a href="https://melonport.com/melonprotocol.pdf" target="_blank">Melonport white paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://github.com/melonproject" target="_blank">melonproject on GitHub</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG6LISz1iyw" target="_blank">Melonport explainer video</a></li> <li><a href="http://polkadot.network" target="_blank">Polkadot Network</a></li> <li><a href="http://polkadot.network/PolkaDotPaper.pdf" target="_blank">Polkadot white paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://ethcore.io/press.html/" target="_blank">Parity and Melonport joint press release</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/rfRufqN8S9c" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-158" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/158/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/yE1yAtCuQec" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 22, 2016
#157 Dominic Williams & Tom Ding: DFINITY – The Quest for a Decentralized Cloud
1:11:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>String Labs founders Tom Ding and Dominic Williams joined us to discuss their project DFINITY, a next-generation blockchain network. Through leveraging technological advances, DFINITY aims to deliver an infinitely scalable decentralized cloud that will be able to power applications from decentralized search to supply chain applications. We covered DFINITY&#8217;s approach to scalability, interoperability, consensus as well as their sophisticated approach to governance: The Blockchain Nervous System. </p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Tom and Dominic ended up founding String Labs</li><li>The DFINITY project and objective of an infinitely scalable decentralized cloud</li><li>How consensus works in DFINITY</li><li>Governance in DFINITY through the Blockchain Nervous System</li><li>Threshold Relay signatures and other new technologies that are part of DFINITY</li><li>The importance and mechanics of public/private blockchain interoperability</li><li>DFINITY&#8217;s business model</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2eyZA3E" target="_blank">String Technology</a></li> <li><a href="http://wi.st/2ez0gGg" target="_blank">DFINITY Shanghai Talk</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2frVj1j" target="_blank">DFINITY Shanghai Presentation Slides</a></li> <li><a href="http://string.technology/2016/09/14/threshold-relay-random-beacon.en/" target="_blank">Introducing Random Beacons Using Threshold Relay Chains</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2fScNod" target="_blank">Random Beacons in Decentralized Networks</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/fzG9L4Ry6O4" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-157" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/157/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/8oiReLSd4FQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 14, 2016
#156 Leanne Kemp: Everledger – Detecting Diamond Fraud and Theft
1:07:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>As is the case with most luxury goods, the diamond industry is faced with the issues of theft, fraud, and counterfeiting. Illegal activity is present at every level of the supply chain, which collectively costs the industry and its insurers hundreds of millions of dollars each year. In recent years, international treaties and regulation have been put in place in an attempt to combat illegal activity, but criminals are most often a step ahead.</p><p>Leanne Kemp, CEO of Everledger, joins us to explain how her company is using advanced geological techniques, and blockchains, to bring more traceability to the diamond industry. Everledger, whose clients include many of the largest insurance companies, builds software which allows for a diamond&#8217;s unique characteristics to be hashed and notarized in the blockchain. Hence, a stone&#8217;s provenance, and the trail of ownership can be traced, therefore limiting the opportunities for fraud and making it difficult for stolen diamonds to re-enter the market.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Leanne&#8217;s background as a technologist</li><li>A broad overview of the diamond industry</li><li>A look at the diamond supply chain</li><li>What roles banks and insurance companies play in the supply chain</li><li>How diamonds are uniquely fingerprinted</li><li>The Kimberly process and other regulations</li><li>Everledger&#8217;s technology stack and business model</li><li>Other sectors which can also benefit from increased traceability</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://everledger.io" target="_blank">Everledger</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberley_Process_Certification_Scheme" target="_blank">Kimberley Process</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Meher Roy & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/UOKYUY7_Gd4" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-156" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/156/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/AXm9RL_hN9k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 07, 2016
#155 Mike Hearn & Richard Brown: Corda – A Distributed Ledger for Financial Services
1:21:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Attracting over 70 of the world&#8217;s biggest financial institutions to its consortium in just over a year, R3 has accomplished a formidable task. Aiming to rethink the fabric of the financial system, they first conducted experiments testing blockchain platforms for their member and last year began developing their own distributed ledger platform: Corda.</p><p>The effort to build Corda was lead by R3 CTO Richard Brown and the former Bitcoin developer and R3 lead architect Mike Hearn. In a wide-ranging discussion, we covered the vision of the project and why it represents a radical departure from existing blockchain platforms.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The origin story of R3</li><li>Why existing blockchain designs didn&#8217;t meet their needs</li><li>How the R3 team lead a design effort to develop a new platform from scratch</li><li>The business problem Corda is aiming to solve</li><li>The components of Corda&#8217;s architecture</li><li>How Corda handles privacy</li><li>Notaries and preventing double spends</li><li>Open sourcing Corda and the plan to join Hyperledger</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2f1SamA" target="_blank">R3 Corda: What Makes it Different</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dSqrYm" target="_blank">Introducing R3 Corda: A Distributed Ledger for Financial Services</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2eR4ky5" target="_blank">Corda: An Introduction [PDF]</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dVJiRX" target="_blank">R3 Website</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2f1V6ji" target="_blank">E151 - Ian Grigg: Ricardian Contracts and Digital Assets Prehistory</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2f0wCY1" target="_blank">Smart Contract Templates: Foundations, Design Landscape & Research Directions</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/3YTSwB5UrEI" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-155" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/155/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/v7n2qnFGeLQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 31, 2016
#154 Greg Meredith: Synereo – Rebuilding the Attention Economy from the Ground Up
1:07:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>As content becomes more and more abundant and immediately available at our fingertips, our limited attention is a barrier for those whose business it is to attract and harness it. In this context, large (social) media companies understand that attention is a scarce commodity, and, as has been demonstrated, those who control attention wield enormous power over our society.</p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Greg Meredith, CTO of Synereo, to talk about how this new Blockchain platform rebuild the attention economy. In a sense, Synereo is to attention, what Bitcoin is to money, in effect, removing intermediaries from the transaction between those who have attention, and those who wish to attract it. Greg, also gives his insights on how functional programming languages could allow for verifiable computational smart contracts.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>Greg&#8217;s background as a mathematician and his work on Microsoft&#8217;s BizTalk Process Orchestration</li><li>How he transitioned into the crypto-currency space</li><li>What is Synereo and what the project is trying to achieve</li><li>Greg&#8217;s thoughts on the attention economy and how it is fundamentally broken</li><li>Synereo&#8217;s technology stack</li><li>How <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/105/">Vlad Zamfir&#8217;s Casper consensus algorithm</a> influenced Synereo</li><li>Rholang, Synereo&#8217;s functional smart-contracting language</li><li>Synereo&#8217;s economic model and product roadmap</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://synereo.com" target="_blank">Synereo</a></li> <li><a href="https://github.com/synereo/synereo.github.io/raw/master/whitepapers/synereo.pdf" target="_blank">Synereo White Paper</a></li> <li><a href="https://arxiv.org/pdf/1610.02247v2.pdf" target="_blank">Logic as a distributive law</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E7hkPZ-HTk" target="_blank">Quit social media by Dr. Cal Newport</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Work-Focused-Success-Distracted/dp/1455586692" target="_blank">Deep Work by Dr. Cal Newport</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/0jRNSEt-D9A" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-154" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/154/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/oxnkVdK_IGg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 25, 2016
#153 Alex Wearn: Decentralized Capital and Government Currencies on Ethereum
1:01:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>A topic which is often discussed is the limited use of Ethereum applications without stable cryptocurrencies. Prediction markets are a prime example of this. When one makes a prediction using Ether, he or she is in fact entering into to speculations: one being the outcome of the actual prediction, the other being the price of Ether when the prediction resolves. Projects like Maker DAO try to solve the problem by developing complex systems to ensure that a blockchain token keeps its value in sync with fiat currencies. But Decentralized Capital is taking a different approach by issuing fiat-pegged tokens on Ethereum that are backed by bank deposits. CEO Alex Wearn joined us to explain their approach to providing a fundamental piece of Ethereum infrastructure.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The problem Decentralized Capital is trying to solve</li><li>What the architecture of Decentralized Capital looks like</li><li>The relationship between Crypto Capital and Decentralized Capital</li><li>Why the ability of freezing and confiscating assets is required</li><li>Some of the best use cases for Decentralized Capital</li><li>The regulatory environment of Decentralized Capital</li><li>The Decentralized Capital business model</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2eNq41f" target="_blank">Decentralized Capital Website</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2doN5SX" target="_blank">Decentralized Capital is Live article</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2eiPYe8" target="_blank">Introducing Decentralized Capital Video</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2eiPJjn" target="_blank">Decentralized Capital and Dapp Integration</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2doPmxw" target="_blank">Compliant Decentralized Exchange IDEX</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2eiPQeN" target="_blank">Decentralized Capital's DVIP Memberships</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/JZse9JlZPuI" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-153" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/153/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/pKdJ5gXaBr8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 17, 2016
#152 Tuur Demester: Investing in Bitcoin
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<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>In 2012, a year after discovering Bitcoin in Argentina, Dutch economist Tuur Demeester became one of the first people to advocate investing in Bitcoin to a mainstream audience. Tuur joined us to discuss his thesis for investing in Bitcoin and how it has evolved over time. We also talked about the road ahead and how other cryptocurrencies and Ethereum compare as investment opportunities.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>How Tuur discovered Bitcoin in Argentina in 2011</li><li>The case for investing in Bitcoin</li><li>The current state of Bitcoin and metrics he looks at</li><li>Projections for the Bitcoin price</li><li>How Bitcoin compares to gold</li><li>The current state of the financial markets</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dra54G" target="_blank">How to Position for the Rally in Bitcoin Report</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2d7Ns4p" target="_blank">Why I'm Short Ethereum (and long Bitcoin)</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2e0CWwE" target="_blank">Why Bitcoin is the Petroleum of Our Time</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dEgb4L" target="_blank">Bitcoin - Why It Now Belongs in Every Porfolio</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2ekfQ8f" target="_blank">Adamant Research Podcast on Soundcloud</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dPaYp8" target="_blank">Tuur Demeester Twitter</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/45TVlYsXgCU" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-152" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/152/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/PvrY3axi_g4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 10, 2016
#151 Ian Grigg: Ricardian Contracts and Digital Assets Prehistory
1:27:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Before 2013 few people paid attention to Bitcoin and blockchain, yet even back in the 1990s a vibrant group of prioneers pursued the vision of financial cryptography and digital cash. One of these was financial cryptographer and software developer Ian Grigg, who today works as an architecture consultant for R3.</p><p>Grigg joined us for a discussion of the history of the digital cash, Bitcoin and his work on Ricardian Contracts, which foreshadowed today&#8217;s smart contracts.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The origin story of financial cryptography</li><li>DigiCash and the startup scene around it in the 1990s</li><li>Ricardian Contracts and why contracts are central to digital assets</li><li>Ricardian Contracts vs blockchain</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2cOnQsU" target="_blank">Ricardian Contract Paper</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dM4men" target="_blank">Financial Cryptography Website</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2d9GRXT" target="_blank">Financial Cryptography in 7 Layers</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dVJiRX" target="_blank">R3CEV</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dmtPLP" target="_blank">Brown, Carlyle, Grigg & Hearn: Corda - An Introduction</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/wokvO1ptE1k" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-151" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/151/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/82s6DlVespM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 03, 2016
#150 Devcon 2 and the State of Ethereum
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<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>Last week the biggest blockchain-focused developer conference took place in Shanghai, China: Ethereum&#8217;s DevCon 2. Epicenter show host Meher Roy was at the conference and brought back his impressions and insights for a comprehensive discussion of the current state of Ethereum projects and the Ethereum community.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>What Ethereum&#8217;s developer conference DevCon 2 was like</li><li>The big change in going from concepts to alpha version over the last year</li><li>The continued lack of sustainable business models in Ethereum</li><li>The lack of interest by Venture Capitalists and the big tech companies in Ethereum and blockchain technology</li><li>The current state and incentive problems of crowdsales</li><li>Three areas of focus in Ethereum: Scalability, Privacy and Governance</li><li>The search for the next protocol</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/1IBWsHV" target="_blank">Ethereum Foundation Website</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dls6Wl" target="_blank">Ethereum YouTube Channel</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dmqSX4" target="_blank">Insanity and Brilliance at Ethereum's Developer Conference</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dwAGkD" target="_blank">Melonport: Decentralized Asset Management on Ethereum</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dwAVvR" target="_blank">Golem: Worldwide Supercomputer</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dtZFCa" target="_blank">Metamask: Ethereum Browser Extension</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2du03Au" target="_blank">Cosmos Whitepaper</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Meher Roy, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/fZEgDubXtpU" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-150" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/150/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/CIzPEvNTmP4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 26, 2016
#149 Lukas Abegg: Smart Contracts and the Law
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<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>That blockchains represents a fundamental technological revolution has become widely accepted. What is still more nebulous, but could turn out just as disruptive is how smart contracts while transform the legal system and our understanding of what contracts are and how they work.</p><p>Legal researcher Lukas Abegg who is currently finishing his PhD on copyright issues around 3d printing and has been researching smart contracts as well joined us to discuss the question whether code is law and what blockchain can learn form 3d printing.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>The copyright questions around 3d printing</li><li>How legal issues around 3d printing are like issues around smart contracts</li><li>How information theory can help us conceptualize smart contracts</li><li>The thesis of Lessig&#8217;s book &#8216;Code is Law&#8217;</li><li>The case for law regulating code</li><li>Why Alternative Dispute Resolution has big potential for blockchain applications</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dd23x4" target="_blank">Code is Law? Not Quite Yet</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2clBUib" target="_blank">Lessig's Code</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/2dd17J6" target="_blank">Lawrence Lessig Talk 'Thinking Through Law and Code'</a></li> <li><a href="http://bit.ly/28w82nA" target="_blank">EB125 - Florian Glatz A Legal Framework for DAOs</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/161_QEHJEgw" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-149" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/149/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/SV0SFjZzIlE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 19, 2016
#148 Kyle Torpey: Diving Into Bitcoin – The Debates, the Issues and What’s to Come
1:07:00
<p><strong>Support the show, consider donating:</strong><br /> BTC: <a href="https://blockchain.info/address/1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg">1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg</a><br /> ETH: <a href="https://etherscan.io/address/0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935">0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935</a> </p><p>We&#8217;re joined by Kyle Torpey, a freelance writer, and journalist who writes for a number of publications in the blockchain space including Bitcoin Magazine, Coin Journal, and others. Know for his well-written articles and in-depth reporting on the important topics affecting Bitcoin today, Kyle provides his point of view on the scalability debate and gives an update on the recent and upcoming changes to the bitcoin protocol.</p> <p><strong>Topics covered in this episode:</strong></p> <ul><li>An update on the scalability debate</li><li>The outcome of the recent Hong Kong scalability workshop and code dev meeting in California</li><li>The Bitcoin core development process</li><li>The recent release of Bitcoin Code 0.13.0</li><li>The inclusion of Segregated Witness and what it enables</li><li>Upcoming features in the roadmap</li><li>Takeaways from the Ethereum hard fork</li><li>Division in the Bitcoin community</li><li>The evolution of the Bitcoin ecosystem in the last 2 years</li><li>Potential mainstream applications for Bitcoin</li></ul> <p><strong>Episode links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.nasdaq.com/article/the-five-most-useful-properties-of-bitcoin-cm628531" target="_blank">The Five Most Useful Properties of Bitcoin</a></li> <li><a href="http://cointimes.tech/2016/08/when-should-developers-turn-to-bitcoin/" target="_blank">When Should Developers Turn to Bitcoin?</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.nasdaq.com/article/darknet-customers-are-demanding-bitcoin-alternative-monero-cm671031" target="_blank">Darknet Customers Are Demanding Bitcoin Alternative Monero</a></li> <li><a href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/the-power-of-schnorr-the-signature-algorithm-to-increase-bitcoin-s-scale-and-privacy-1460642496" target="_blank">The Power of Schnorr: The Signature Algorithm to Increase Bitcoin's Scale and Privacy</a></li> <li><a href="http://coinjournal.net/bip-47-vs-bip-75-will-bitcoin-wallets-maintain-privacy-becoming-easier-use/" target="_blank">BIP-47 vs BIP-75: How Will Bitcoin Wallets Maintain Privacy While Becoming Easier to Use?</a></li> </ul><p>This episode was hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture, and is availble on <a href="http://youtu.be/BWwYubEgNuE" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-148" target="_blank">SoundCloud</a>, and <a href="https://epicenter.tv/episode/148/" target="_blank">our website</a>.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/EpicenterBitcoin/~4/gki3T58A9uQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 12, 2016