Category Blockchain

Bitcoin Debates with Roger Ver

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_04_20_BitcoinwithRogerVer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash are two cryptocurrencies with similar properties. But the supporters of each of these Bitcoin versions have strongly divergent opinions on the direction of the Bitcoin project. At the center of this debate is the subject of block size. Bitcoin’s block size determines how many transactions fit into each block that is mined. A larger block size leads to faster

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Talking Bitcoin with Adam B. Levine

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_04_17_TalkingBitcoin.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Let’s Talk Bitcoin is one of the most popular podcasts about cryptocurrencies. Adam B. Levine started it after three other podcasts he started did not get the traction he had hoped for. Adam parlayed the success of Let’s Talk Bitcoin into a network of podcasts–the Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network–which also includes one of my favorite shows, Epicenter. Adam joins me on today’s episode

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IPFS Design with David Dias

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_04_06_IPFSDavidDias.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe Interplanetary File System (IPFS) is a decentralized global, peer-to-peer file system. IPFS combines ideas from BitTorrent, Git, and Bitcoin, creating a new way to store and access objects across the Internet. When you access an object on almost any website, you are accessing the object via a location address—a URL. The URL tells you where to find the object. If the object is

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Ethereum Governance with Hudson Jameson

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_04_05_EthereumGovernance.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe Ethereum community started as a small group of dedicated engineers. It has ballooned to thousands of engineers, entrepreneurs and investors, all of whom have a stake in the direction of Ethereum. Ethereum is an open source project, and the direction of a popular open source project can get complex. Ethereum is figuring out how to govern itself. It’s not clear what the perfect

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PubSub Infrastructure with Stephen Blum

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_04_04_PubsubInfrastructure.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The pubsub pattern allows a developer to create channels, which messages can be written to and read from. Pubsub messaging is useful for multicast messaging–when you want to publish messages from a producer, and have multiple consumers who are subscribed to the publisher receive those messages. Almost any application that reaches a high level of complexity will need a pubsub system of some

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Gitcoin: Open Source Bounties with Kevin Owocki

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_04_03_Gitcoin.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Most technology companies rely on open source software projects. But open source software projects are often maintained by a group of people that is not affiliated with any particular company. When an open source project develops too much technical debt, it can become a tragedy of the commons. Who is responsible for maintaining these open source projects? This is the motivation for open

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Zcash Design with Sean Bowe

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_04_02_ZcashSeanBowe.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Zcash is a payment and consensus system that allows users to transfer money to each other with strong guarantees of privacy. Zcash implements the same core features of Bitcoin, with the added functionality of shielded payments. Shielded payments are private, and they are enabled by a novel cryptographic technique called zk-SNARKS: zero knowledge succinct non-interactive argument of knowledge. A zk-SNARK allows for the

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ShapeShift with Erik Voorhees

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_30_ShapeshiftErikVoorhees.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download “The Federal Reserve System is fraudulent. Whatever its stated purpose, its effective purpose is to create a mechanism of deficit spending by politicians, through the insidious invisible taxation of monetary debasement (aka inflation).” These are the words of Erik Voorhees, the CEO of crypto financial exchange ShapeShift. Long before he started ShapeShift, Erik was opposed to some of the core principles of the

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Enterprise Smart Contracts with Marley Gray

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_29_EnterpriseBlockchains.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download We sign many different types of contracts throughout our lives. We sign a mortgage to get a loan for a house. When we go to the hospital, we sign a piece of paper that defines how our medical data can be shared between organizations. These pieces of paper represent our opting into an agreement that will be mediated and enforced by computer interactions.

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Plasma: Smart Contract Scalability with Christian Reitwiessner

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_28_Plasma.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ethereum is a system for running decentralized smart contracts. In the current implementation of Ethereum, every smart contract gets deployed to every full node. Whenever a user wants to call a smart contract, that smart contract gets executed on each full node–across the entire network. The current model for smart contract execution needs to be made more scalable. In today’s episode, Christian Reitwiessner

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Cryptocurrency Networking with Soumya Basu

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_27_Falcon.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Soumya Basu is a PhD student at Cornell, where he studies distributed systems problems associated with cryptocurrencies. Soumya is advised by Emin Gun Sirer, a Cornell professor who previously appeared on the show to discuss smart contract security. Soumya joins the show today to talk about a variety of issues in the cryptocurrency space. We first explored the degree to which Bitcoin and

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Consensus Systems with Ethan Buchman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_26_Tendermint.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Consensus protocols are used to allow computers to work together. A consensus protocol lets different servers agree on the state of a system. For decades, these protocols have been used to establish consensus among database nodes, application servers, and other infrastructure that runs within an enterprise. More recently, new consensus protocols have been invented to allow cryptoeconomic systems to agree on the state

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DAO Reflections and Slock.it with Christoph Jentzsch

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_23_SlockitwithChristophJentzsh.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The DAO was a system of smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain that investors put millions of dollars into. Back in May 2016, it was the largest crowdfunding event in history, and we discussed it in detail in a previous episode with Matt Leising. The DAO was hacked due to a security vulnerability, and this event led to a hard fork of Ethereum.

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Streamr: Data Streaming Marketplace with Henri Pihkala

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_22_Streamr.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Data streams about the weather can be used to predict how soybean futures are going to change in price. Satellite data streams can take pictures of the number of cars on the road, and judge how traffic patterns are changing. Search engines can aggregate data from different queries and determine what people are most interested in. Data streams define how the world is

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Status.im: Ethereum Mobile Browser with Jarrad Hope and Oskar Thoren

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_21_Statusim.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download To use a web application, you probably open a web browser or a mobile app. To access an Ethereum application, many people use an Ethereum browser. In previous episodes, we explored Metamask and Mist, which are Ethereum browsers for the desktop. In today’s episode, we explore Status, a mobile Ethereum browser. Status founders Jarrad Hope and Oskar Thoren join the show to talk

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The Business of Decentralization with Anthony Diiorio

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_20_AnthonyJaxx.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Anthony Diiorio was involved with Ethereum since the earliest days. He was one of the first people to see the Ethereum ideas presented by Vitalik Buterin, and he invested deeply in Ethereum–both financially and by helping to establish the early Ethereum community. Anthony started Decentral in 2014, which is a hub for his projects in the cryptocurrency space, the most impactful project being

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ShapeShift Operations with Jon ShapeShift

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_19_ShapeshiftOperations.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download A financial exchange is an operationally intensive business. You have customers making a high volume of transactions, your service has to be low latency and highly available, and you are dealing with a lot of money. A cryptocurrency exchange has all of the complexity of a typical financial exchange–and then some additional complexity. ShapeShift is a cryptocurrency exchange that allows users to buy

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Crypto Pump and Dumps with Bruno Skvorc

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_16_PumpandDumpswithBruno.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cryptocurrency speculation has pulled in a large population of people who do not know what they are investing in. If you hear about an investment of $1000 turning into $1M, it’s tempting to get sucked in yourself. For most of these everyday people, the game is completely rigged. A large percentage of market activity is driven by “pump and dumps.” A pump and

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Crypto Bloomberg with Valentin Mihov

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_15_Santiment.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In the finance industry, many people have a computer on their desk called a Bloomberg terminal. A Bloomberg terminal contains news, stock prices, communication tools, and other features that make it worth a high subscription price. And people in finance can afford to pay that high subscription because their decisions can cause a gain or loss of thousands of dollars. Cryptocurrency investors have

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Web3 with Fabian Vogelsteller

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2018_03_14_Web3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Most applications today run on a cloud provider like AWS. They are built with a framework like Ruby on Rails. They use a set of APIs like Stripe and Twilio for middleware services. This is the era of “web 2.0.” With decentralized systems, we are starting to get a feel for what “web 3.0” might feel like. The futuristic idea of “web 3.0”

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