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Zero Knowledge is a podcast which goes deep into the tech that will power the emerging decentralised web and the community building this. Covering the latest in zero knowledge research and applications, the open web as well as future technologies and paradigms that promise to change the way we interact — and transact — with one another online.
Zero Knowledge is hosted by Anna Rose
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This week Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) and Tarun (https://twitter.com/tarunchitra) host Noah Zinsmeister (https://twitter.com/NoahZinsmeister) and Moody Salem (https://twitter.com/sendmoodz) to learn all about Uniswap and the recent Uniswap V3 deployment. Noah and Moody go through the history of Uniswap from its EF grant days to Unisocks, Uniswap V2 and now Uniswap V3 and its ranged liquidity model. They explain all the benefits as well as the potential drawbacks, and how the project plans to fix them in a likely indirect way. At the end the conversation shifts into a multi-L2 deployment future and how that may increase MEV, leading Tarun to make an unexpected realization. Here are some links for this episode: A Tale of Sushi(Swap) with Tarun, Hasu and Anna, Zero Knowledge episode 148 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/148) Aping into DeFi and NFTs with Andy Chorlian and Tarun Chitra, Zero Knowledge episode 181 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/181) CowSwap & DAO Tech with Gnosis’s Martin Köppelmann, Zero Knowledge episode 183 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/183) Diving into Arbitrum's Optimistic Rollup, Zero Knowledge episode 179 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/179) Unwrapping Optimism with Ben and Mark, Zero Knowledge episode 177 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/177) Flashbots with Phil Daian and Stephane Gosselin, Zero Knowledge episode 168 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/168) Uniswap V3 launch post (https://uniswap.org/blog/launch-uniswap-v3/) Vitalik’s Uniswap as an oracle proposal (https://gov.uniswap.org/t/uni-should-become-an-oracle-token/11988) Don’t forget to sign up to the upcoming zkSessions on June 23rd! This one will be focused on DAOs and NFTs and how they may incorporate zk or privacy. We will also be hosting an interactive community discussion about if and how the ZK community could potentially start using some of these tools as well. Sign up here: https://hopin.com/events/zksessions-daos-nfts Thank you to this week’s sponsor, Aave (https://aave.com) Aave is an open source, decentralised non-custodial liquidity protocol on Ethereum. With Aave, users can participate as depositors meaning they provide liquidity to earn a passive income. Or they can also act as borrowers to borrow both overcollateralized and undercollateralized funds (think: one-block liquidity Flash Loan). The Aave community has unanimously voted to introduce an Aave Grants DAO to grow the Aave ecosystem. If anyone's interested in building on Aave or learning more, be sure to go to https://aavegrants.org If you like what we do: Subscribe to our podcast newsletter (https://zeroknowledge.substack.com/) to not miss any event! Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/TORo7aknkYNLHmCM) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ DOT: 14zPzb7ihiBeaUn9jdPW9cHKGBd9qtTuJE75hhW2CvzLh6rT
This week Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) chats with Adrian Brink (https://twitter.com/adrian_brink), co-founder of the Anoma Network and long-time crypto builder. Adrian explains all there is to know about the new privacy-centric network, diving into concepts like fractal scaling, the validity predicate-based account model, the solution against front-running in Ferveo & much more. Here are some links for the episode: CowSwap & DAO Tech with Gnosis’s Martin Köppelmann, Zero Knowledge episode 183 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/183) Through the Cosmos Stargate Upgrade, Zero Knowledge episode 174 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/174) Cosmos, IBC and ZKPs with Chris Goes, Zero Knowledge episode 115 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/115) Trusted Setup Ceremonies Explored, Zero Knowledge episode 133 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/133) Threshold Decryption for mempool privacy with Dev Ojha, ZKV Cosmos Privacy & ZKP showcase (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q_uvvKmqrY&list=PLj80z0cJm8QGNPbPJ2adQhN5W890O7YMr) The Wyvern protocol (https://wyvernprotocol.com) mentioned by Adrian. The Plumo trusted setup ceremony (https://celo.org/plumo) (phase 2 happening soon) mentioned by Anna Anoma’s Whitepaper (https://anoma.network/papers/whitepaper.pdf) and blog posts (https://anoma.network/blog). The next zkSessions is scheduled for June 23 and will focus on DAOs and NFTs, in the context of privacy and zkps. This will also be a special event where the community will discuss the potential of a ZK DAO! Sign up for the zkSessions here: https://hopin.com/events/zksessions-daos-nfts Today’s episode is sponsored by EY Blockchain. EY is committed to building a better working world on the public Ethereum blockchain with robust privacy technologies, like zero-knowledge proofs. EY believes blockchain technology will be the glue that knits together a productive global business ecosystem. To learn more about EYs products and services, visit them at https://blockchain.ey.com or check out their open source contributions at https://github.com/eyblockchain. If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/TORo7aknkYNLHmCM) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ DOT: 14zPzb7ihiBeaUn9jdPW9cHKGBd9qtTuJE75hhW2CvzLh6rT
This week Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) and Tarun (https://twitter.com/tarunchitra) chat with Martin Köppelmann (https://twitter.com/koeppelmann), CEO of Gnosis. The company was known for championing prediction markets, but Gnosis has now shifted to making key infrastructure products. Martin chats about this transition and explains Gnosis’s current products, which include a unique DEX called CowSwap and a number of products for managing DAO treasuries and governance. Here are some links for this episode: Gnosis & Full Node with Friederike Ernst, Zero Knowledge episode 94 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/94) SafeSnap introductory post (https://blog.gnosis.pm/introducing-safesnap-the-first-in-a-decentralized-governance-tool-suite-for-the-gnosis-safe-ea67eb95c34f) Gnosis Protocol V2 intro (https://blog.gnosis.pm/introducing-gnosis-protocol-v2-and-balancer-gnosis-protocol-f693b2938ae4) Flashbots with Phil Daian and Stephane Gosselin, Zero Knowledge episode 168 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/168) Aping into DeFi and NFTs with Andy Chorlian and Tarun Chitra, Zero Knowledge episode 181 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/181) If you’re looking for a job in the world of blockchain and zero knowledge, don’t forget to check out our Jobs Board (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/zkjobsboard)! Listings include engineering, applied crypto and business roles from top companies in the space. Thanks to this week’s sponsor, Least Authority (https://leastauthority.com) & PrivateStorage (https://private.storage/) PrivateStorage is a private, secure and end-to-end encrypted storage solution created by Least Authority, a leader in the security of distributed systems. Privacy is at the core of their work. PrivateStorage was created using privacy and security by design principles, and includes features like end-to-end encryption, zero knowledge access passes and accountless authorization, to ensure users have greater anonymity and assurance that their data is protected. PrivateStorage cannot see user data when it is stored on their grid. Visit PrivateStorage (https://private.storage/) and register to be notified once the service is launched. This is a one time notification email and not a mailing list. The addresses will be deleted after the notification email is distributed. If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/TORo7aknkYNLHmCM) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ DOT: 14zPzb7ihiBeaUn9jdPW9cHKGBd9qtTuJE75hhW2CvzLh6rT
This week Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) and James (https://twitter.com/_prestwich) chat with Elena Nadolinski (https://twitter.com/leanthebean), founder of Iron Fish, about the new privacy network and what led her to this point. Elena recounts her journey into crypto, starting from AirBnB and falling into the rabbit hole of Ethereum hackathons, Solidity, and NFTs, eventually leading her to exploration of zero knowledge proofs for honest computation. This deep dive into SNARKs and Sapling led to the creation of Beanstalk, later Iron Fish, which aims to be the shielded pool for all other blockchain assets. Note: James is an investor in Iron Fish Here are some links: Elena’s slides (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qsOtMLiBVhVMbeB_R0heTSMRsKnhuOKfhACFiXKM-J0/edit#slide=id.p) about Sapling from Zcon Iron Fish whitepaper (https://ironfish.network/docs/whitepaper/1_introduction) Halo with Sean Bowe and Daira Hopwood, Zero Knowledge Episode 123 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/123) Zexe: Zero Knowledge Computation with Pratyush Mishra, Zero Knowledge Episode 85 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/85) Ariel Gabizon on his work with zkSNARKs, Zero Knowledge Episode 86 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/86) Don’t forget to subscribe to the ZkMesh newsletter (https://zkmesh.substack.com), aggregating all of the latest developments in ZK each month. The next release is due this week! We also launched a newsletter for announcements (https://zeroknowledge.substack.com/) related to what we do at ZK podcast. Subscribe to make sure you never miss a zkSessions or studyClub event! If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/TORo7aknkYNLHmCM) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ DOT: 14zPzb7ihiBeaUn9jdPW9cHKGBd9qtTuJE75hhW2CvzLh6rT
This week Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) and Tarun (https://twitter.com/tarunchitra) chat with Andy Chorlian (https://twitter.com/andy8052). Andy recounts the many interesting moments through his crypto journey, including being at Maker during Black Thursday, living through DeFi Summer, and then jumping into NFTs with Top Shot and PleasrDAO. Taking a break from his degen career, Andy is now developing Fractional, a protocol for fractionalizing NFTs. He explains how it works under the hood and how the concept could bridge the DeFi and NFT worlds. Here are some links for this episode: An overview of the NBA Top Shot (https://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/EthanLevy/20210412/379292/Three_Ways_the_NBA_Top_Shot_Economy_Could_Collapse.php) platform to understand what it’s about. Andy’s NBA Top Shot stats (https://livetoken.co/community-tools/account?address=9b20c779622c945b&mode=activities) page. The WSJ article (https://www.wsj.com/articles/nba-top-shot-nft-crypto-digital-collectibles-11615266042) featuring Andy’s “messy” desk. Where Media & Music Meet NFT & Blockchain, Zero Knowledge Episode 167 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/167) featuring Andre Anjos (RAC) and Trevor McFedries (Brud). An intro (https://medium.com/@fractional_art/what-is-fractional-dd4f86e6458a) to Fractional The Snowden NFT piece (https://foundation.app/Snowden/stay-free-edward-snowden-2021-24437) If you’re looking for a job in the world of blockchain and zero knowledge, don’t forget to check out our Jobs Board (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/zkjobsboard)! Also, make sure to subscribe to our new Substack (https://zeroknowledge.substack.com) to be updated of any future zkSessions, Jobs Fair, StudyClub or another of our many initiatives. Thanks to this week’s sponsor, O1 Labs (https://o1labs.org), the creators of Mina Protocol Mina is the world’s lightest blockchain – powered by participants. Mina is a layer-one protocol, creating a private gateway between the real world and crypto. The entire chain is around 22kb — even as it scales, thanks to zk-SNARKs. The ecosystem is growing fast and Mina's mainnet has just gone live, offering users a platform to build a private gateway between the real world and crypto, visit minaprotocol.com (https://minaprotocol.com) to find out more. If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/TORo7aknkYNLHmCM) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ DOT: 14zPzb7ihiBeaUn9jdPW9cHKGBd9qtTuJE75hhW2CvzLh6rT
This week, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) and James (https://twitter.com/_prestwich) chat with Antonio Juliano (https://twitter.com/AntonioMJuliano), founder of dYdX, a derivatives exchange on Ethereum that recently transitioned to a StarkEx-powered L2 infrastructure. Antonio brings a product-centric perspective to using scalability tech. He explains the choice of going for StarkWare’s products and how it compares to other layer ones or rollups. The conversation delves into questions like dYdX’s position in the decentralization spectrum, how that is going to change in the future, and what the L2 solution enables on the product side. Here are some links for this episode: - StarkWare’s docs (https://docs.starkware.co/starkex-docs-v2/starkex-deep-dive/off-chain-state) on the StarkEx technology adopted by dYdX - dYdX’s FAQ (https://dydx.exchange/faq) on major features and decisions in the platform. - Validium with DeversiFi & Starkware Zero Knowledge episode 138 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/138) - Loopring with Matt & Brecht, Zero Knowledge episode 161 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/161) - Unwrapping Optimism with Ben and Mark, Zero Knowledge episode 177 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/177). The next zkSessions focused on ZK Languages is happening on May 19 at 6 PM CET / 9AM PT! Signup on Hopin now - https://hopin.com/events/zksessions-the-zk-languages-showdown The second ZK Jobs Fair happens on May 19 8 PM CET / 11AM PT - Apply here (https://forms.gle/jGuLdbWMiJyY5pUFA) if you are actively looking for a new role and only want to attend this! And for all job listings, check out the ZK Jobs Board (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/zkjobsboard) for open positions. Thanks to this week’s sponsor, Least Authority (https://leastauthority.com) Least Authority is a leader in the security of distributed systems. They provide security consulting services, develop open source products and contribute to the advancement of learning and research in the field. Signup for Least Authority’s newsletter (https://leastauthority.com/newsletter) to be notified on the release of the ZKAPs Whitepaper, PrivateStorage, security audit reports, job openings and more. Visit https://leastauthority.com/newsletter (https://leastauthority.com/newsletter) to join the mailing list. If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/TORo7aknkYNLHmCM) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ DOT: 14zPzb7ihiBeaUn9jdPW9cHKGBd9qtTuJE75hhW2CvzLh6rT
This week, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) and James (https://twitter.com/_prestwich) host Ed Felten (https://twitter.com/EdFelten) and Steven Goldfeder (https://twitter.com/sgoldfed), co-founders of Arbitrum, an Optimistic Rollup project born before the term "Optimistic Rollup" was even coined. Ed and Steven tell Arbitrum’s story, from its beginnings as a chain-agnostic university project in 2014 to become an Ethereum-based Optimistic L2 Rollup solution based on fraud proofs. They cover Arbitrum’s interactive fraud proofs, how they differ from other solutions like Optimism, and how Arbitrum and the Optimistic Rollup helps Ethereum scale. Here are some links for this episode: - Inside Arbitrum (https://developer.offchainlabs.com/docs/inside_arbitrum), an accessible general explainer about what is the Arbitrum rollup - Unwrapping Optimism with Ben and Mark, Zero Knowledge episode 177 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/177), the latest of our impromptu Ethereum L2 series. - Zk-zk-rollup & zk.money with Zac and Joe from Aztec, Zero Knowledge episode 176 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/176) - zkEVM & zkPorter with Matter Labs, Zero Knowledge episode 175 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/175) - John Adler on Optimistic vs ZK Rollup and the data availability problem, Zero Knowledge episode 151 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/151) - Why Sequencers are the Future - Mark Tyneway (Optimism), zkSessions from March 2021 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3onX8O_H4U) If you're looking to work in blockchain and the zk space, check out the ZK Jobs board (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/zkjobsboard)! You'll find great opportunities to work at the forefront of blockchain tech, divided into business, engineering and cryptography positions. Also, we are hosting the second ZK Jobs Fair on May 19, right after our zkSessions on zk languages. Register for free here on Hopin: https://hopin.com/events/zksessions-the-zk-languages-showdown Thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Aave (https://aave.com) Aave is an open source, decentralised non-custodial liquidity protocol on Ethereum. With Aave, users can participate as depositors meaning they provide liquidity to earn a passive income. or they can also act as borrowers to borrow in an overcollateralized way or undercollateralized way (think: one-block liquidity Flash Loan). Aave recently deployed a new market on Polygon’s sidechain to let users pay much lower gas fees. Assets can be transferred from Ethereum with the Polygon Bridge and put to use on Aave’s Polygon markets. Learn more about it here. (https://medium.com/aave/exploring-new-frontiers-with-aave-59563ddd2405) So thanks again, Aave! If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/TORo7aknkYNLHmCM) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
This week, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) chats with Alberto Garoffolo (https://twitter.com/agaroffolo) from Horizen Labs for their upcoming Zendoo protocol and Latus sidechain proposal. The episode centers around the world of sidechains for UTXO-based blockchains such as Horizen or Zcash. The Horizen team has developed Latus and Zendoo, a SNARK-powered mechanism for designing trustless sidechains. Alberto explains how Horizen’s Zendoo system works under the hood to connect a mainchain with a set of sidechains built for specific purposes, while Latus’s design diminishes reliance on bridge validators. Here are some links for this episode: - Paper on Zendoo and Latus (https://eprint.iacr.org/2020/123.pdf) - Latus incentive scheme white paper (https://eprint.iacr.org/2021/399.pdf) - J. Ayo Akinyele Talks Lightning Network & Building Bolt, Zero Knowledge episode 73 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/73) - An overview of Bitcoin sidechain designs with their benefits and drawbacks on Deribit Insights (https://insights.deribit.com/market-research/a-new-sidechain-design-for-bitcoin/) Tomorrow we’re hosting the Privacy on Polkadot event as part of our ZK Validator work. This is going to be the first of many privacy-centric meetups for Polkadot and other chains, hosting privacy projects from across the Web3 space. The event will run from 3 PM CET to 6 PM CET (9 AM-12 PM ET). Here is the link to join: https://hopin.com/events/privacy-on-polkadot Thanks to this week’s sponsor, EY (http://ey.com) EY is committed to supporting integration of the world’s business ecosystems on the public Ethereum blockchain. Join their fifth annual blockchain summit and education series on May 18–21 for a deep dive into zero-knowledge privacy technologies, accounting and tax rules, as well as the future of finance. Sign up and learn more at ey.com/globalblockchainsummit (http://ey.com/globalblockchainsummit) or blockchain.ey.com (http://blockchain.ey.com/). Thanks again, EY! If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
This week, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) and James (https://twitter.com/_prestwich) chat with Ben Jones (https://twitter.com/ben_chain) and Mark Tyneway (https://twitter.com/tyneslol) from Optimism, the builders of Optimistic Ethereum. The interview continues the series of L2-focused episodes we have been airing on the Zero Knowledge Podcast and comes just as Optimism gears up for launch. Anna, James, Ben and Mark discuss the inner workings of their Optimistic Rollup, diving deep into concepts like data availability, the fraud proof, the role of the sequencer and the rollup’s complex relationship with layer-one. Ben and Mark then lay out their vision for rollup-centric Ethereum and how rollup interoperability is the next major focus area for the ecosystem. Here are some links for this episode: - Handshake Protocol with Mark Tyneway, Zero Knowledge episode 132 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/132) - Rayonism (https://rayonism.io), the sharded rollup proposal Mark mentioned - Zk-zk-rollup & zk.money with Zac and Joe from Aztec, Zero Knowledge episode 176 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/176) - zkEVM & zkPorter with Matter Labs, Zero Knowledge episode 175 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/175) - John Adler on Optimistic vs ZK Rollup and the data availability problem, Zero Knowledge episode 151 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/151) - zkSessions: Why Sequencers are the Future - Mark Tyneway (Optimism), zkSessions from March 2021 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3onX8O_H4U) - The upcoming scaling Ethereum hackathon (https://scaling.ethglobal.co/) Ben mentioned. Thanks to this week’s sponsor, Least Authority (https://leastauthority.com). In addition to their security reviews of innovative projects such as Loopring, Mina, and Filecoin, this May, Least Authority will be releasing a whitepaper on ZKAPs (https://leastauthority.com/zkaps/) – Zero-Knowledge Access Passes. ZKAPs is an anonymous, token-based authorization protocol that facilitates an online exchange of value while disconnecting the necessary payment data from the day-to-day usage service data of customers. Also coming this summer is the MoonMath Manual – a beginner’s guide to zk-SNARKS, which introduces the theory and application of zk-SNARKs from various angles. Signup for Least Authority's newsletter to stay in touch and be notified of the release of the ZKAPs Whitepaper, PrivateStorage, the MoonMath Manual, continuous security audit reports, job openings and more. Visit https://leastauthority.com/newsletter (https://leastauthority.com/newsletter) to join their mailing list. If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
In this week’s episode, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) chats with Zac Williamson (https://twitter.com/zac_aztec) and Joe Andrews (https://twitter.com/jaosef), respectively CTO and Head of Product at Aztec. The episode is centered on Aztec’s latest release, zk.money, the “zk-zk-rollup” that targets privacy and scalability at the same time. zk.money allows users to shield their Ethereum-based assets while achieving a higher transaction count, a result that took months of research and development of the TurboPLONK. Zac and Joe explain how it works down to the nitty-gritty of elliptic curve arithmetic, logic gates, hashes and circuits. The conversation then shifts to topics like WebAssembly (and its limitations), Ethereum, UltraPLONK, Noir & more. Here are some links for this episode: - Exploring Aztec with Zac Williamson, Zero Knowledge episode 75 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/75) - Dive into Plonk!, Zero Knowledge episode 112 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/112) - Building Private AMMs with Guillermo Angeris, Zero Knowledge episode 173 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/173) - Into the deep end: making sense of PLONK - Zac Williamson (CTO, Aztec Protocol), zkSummit from October 2019 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty-LZf0YCK0) - Plookup: Speeding up the PLONK prover - Zac Williamson & Ariel Gabizon, zkSummit from March 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdlc1CmRYRY) Are you a passionate crypto and zk enthusiast? Think you’ve got the skills to contribute in the blockchain space? Then make sure to check out the ZK Jobs Fair (https://medium.com/zeroknowledge/see-you-at-the-zk-jobs-fair-23b9e538269f) on April 22. This will be the first virtual job fair hosted by us, where leading builders in the zk community will join to connect with talented individuals who are looking to contribute to the cutting edge work on zero knowledge applications. Check out the ZK Jobs Fair application form (https://forms.gle/o4GYoGDV23GvBnrTA), if you are interested in partecipating to the event. Thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Aave (https://aave.com) Aave is an open source, decentralised non-custodial liquidity protocol on Ethereum. With Aave, users can participate as depositors meaning they provide liquidity to earn a passive income. or they can also act as borrowers to borrow in an overcollateralized way or undercollateralized way (think: one-block liquidity Flash Loan). Aave recently deployed a new market on Polygon’s sidechain to let users pay much lower gas fees. Assets can be transferred from Ethereum with the Polygon Bridge and put to use on Aave’s Polygon markets. Learn more about it here (https://medium.com/aave/exploring-new-frontiers-with-aave-59563ddd2405). So thanks again, Aave! If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
In today’s episode, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) chats with Alex Gluchowski (https://twitter.com/gluk64), CEO at Matter Labs and co-creator of zkSync, to catch up on Matter Labs’s latest developments in extending Ethereum’s capabilities with zk proofs. Alex explains the recent progress in porting Solidity to a zkRollup and how that interacts with the Zinc language and zk proof circuits. They then move on to discussing Ethereum scalability with a deep dive on rollup architecture and the upcoming zkPorter, a solution for sharded zkRollups that’s being developed by Matter Labs. Here are some links for this episode: * zkSNARKs for Scale with Matter Labs, Zero Knowledge episode 72 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/72) * Mapping the L2 Landscape - zkPorter with Alex Gluchowski (Matter Labs), zkSessions from March 2021 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGpjhBTK8l8) * Zinc: porting EVM smart contracts to zkSync ZK rollup – Alex Gluchowski – Matter Labs, zkSummit from November 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8LlIlCP5eI) * ZK languages with Alex Ozdemir, Zero Knowledge episode 172 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/172) * Intro to zkPorter (https://medium.com/matter-labs/zkporter-composable-scalability-in-l2-beyond-zkrollup-2a30c4d69a75) * Matter Labs’ fundraising announcement (https://medium.com/matter-labs/leading-defi-projects-and-exchanges-invest-to-bring-solidity-to-zksync-9a3df978f824) for zkEVM implementation. * Curve’s testnet implementation (https://medium.com/matter-labs/curve-zksync-l2-ethereums-first-user-defined-zk-rollup-smart-contract-5a72c496b350) on zkSync Are you a passionate crypto and zk enthusiast? Think you’ve got the skills to contribute in the blockchain space? Then make sure to check out the ZK Jobs Fair (https://medium.com/zeroknowledge/see-you-at-the-zk-jobs-fair-23b9e538269f) on April 22! This will be the first virtual job fair hosted by us, where leading builders in the zk community will join to connect with talented individuals who are looking to contribute to the cutting edge work on zero knowledge applications. Check out the ZK Jobs Fair application form (https://forms.gle/o4GYoGDV23GvBnrTA) if you are interested in participating to the event. Thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Mina Protocol (https://minaprotocol.com/). Mina is the world’s lightest blockchain. It is a layer-one crypto protocol that replaces the traditional blockchain with a zero-knowledge proof, ensuring a super-light and constant sized chain that allows participants to quickly sync and verify the network. Mina's mainnet has just gone live, offering users a platform to build a private gateway between the real world and crypto. Mina also has an active demo in partnership with Teller Finance for “End-to-End Data Privacy,” showing how you can use Mina to access your credit score and prove that you meet credit threshold requirements for on-chain services— without ever disclosing your actual score. Visit minaprotocol.com (https://minaprotocol.com/) to find out how you can get involved, and join the community. If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
In today’s episode, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) and James (https://twitter.com/_prestwich) chat with three representatives of the Cosmos ecosystem — Zaki Manian, Tess Rinearson and Shahan Khatchadourian — to learn all about its recent milestone upgrade, Stargate. First up is Zaki Manian (https://twitter.com/zmanian), co-founder of Iqlusion and Sommelier Finance, who sets the stage for what Stargate achieved and why the upgrade was the most comprehensive and complex yet for Cosmos. Next is Tess Rinearson (https://twitter.com/_tessr), VP of Engineering at Interchain, who recounted her deep involvement in the Stargate upgrade with an almost hour-by-hour replay. Finally comes Shahan Khatchadourian (https://twitter.com/shahankhatch), Cosmos Hub lead, who talks about his recent transition from the Ethereum ecosystem and how Stargate impacts the Hub, its users and its validators. Here are some links for this episode: * Cosmos and IBC with Chris Goes, Zero Knowledge episode 115 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/115) * Catch up with Zaki Manian, Zero Knowledge episode 108 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/108) * Diving into Cosmos with Sunny, Zero Knowledge episode 78 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/78) * An introductory article (https://blog.cosmos.network/stargate-architecting-v-0-40-of-the-cosmos-sdk-dd8cb3de8360) into Stargate and Cosmos. * How the Cosmos development teams (https://blog.cosmos.network/how-seven-teams-collaborated-to-deliver-the-biggest-software-upgrade-in-the-cosmos-universe-2288f4f9afe8) collaborated to deliver Stargate. Check out the latest Feb installment (https://zkmesh.substack.com/p/zkmesh-feb-2021-recap) of zkMesh, a monthly newsletter overviewing every important development in zk land. Subscribe now to receive timely updates by Anna and Mikerah (https://twitter.com/badcryptobitch) at the beginning of every month. Thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Least Authority (https://leastauthority.com). Least Authority is a security consulting company known for their dedication to pushing the limits on how to build privacy-respecting solutions. Known for audits of Eth 2.0 Specification, Protocol Lab's Gossipsub Protocol, Mina Protocol, Kolibri Smart Contracts and Stably’s Tezos Stablecoin for Tezos Foundation, Blockstack's Investor Wallet, and more. They want to help teams improve the security of their protocol and use of cryptography, including zero knowledge proofs: from design to implementation. With over 50 completed public audits to-date, join the growing list of audited projects, book a free consult at leastauthority.com/consult (https://leastauthority.com/consult) *If you like what we do: * Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) *Or directly here: * ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
This week, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) & Tarun (https://twitter.com/tarunchitra) take an in-depth look into AMMs with Guillermo Angeris (https://twitter.com/GuilleAngeris), a PhD student in Stanford who co-authored a number of papers on fundamental AMM properties. They chat about how his work on Optimization Theory and Inverse Design can be applied to a DeFi context, as well as his most recent paper deals with privacy in AMMs, effectively demonstrating how superficial attempts at making a private AMM are doomed. During the conversation, Anna, Tarun and Guillermo chat about why AMMs today are so revolutionary and unique in the financial world, and why their success can be explained by optimization theory and convexity. But AMMs also have a number of shortcomings like front-running and impermanent loss, where Guillermo’s PhD work may just help find the solution. Here are a few links for this episode: Zero Knowledge Episode 153 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/153), Monsters in the Mempool with Dan Robinson Zero Knowledge Episode 168 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/168), Flashbots with Phil Daian and Stephane Gosseline Guillermo’s latest paper (https://web.stanford.edu/~guillean/papers/cfmm-privacy.pdf) on the challenges of implementing private AMMs Guillermo and Tarun’s first paper (https://web.stanford.edu/~guillean/papers/uniswap_analysis.pdf) on Uniswap and Constant Function Market Makers, formalizing their practical qualities. Other papers by Guillermo and Tarun analyzing the optimal fee (https://web.stanford.edu/~guillean/papers/g3m-optimal-fee.pdf) and bonding curve (https://web.stanford.edu/~guillean/papers/cfmm-curvature.pdf) of CFMMs. Zero Knowledge Episode 103 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/103), Exploring VDFs with Joseph Bonneau Guillermo’s papers on optimization problems (https://web.stanford.edu/~guillean/papers/min_sum_clipped_convex.pdf) and inverse design (https://web.stanford.edu/~guillean/papers/invdes-review-paper.pdf). Check out the Cosmos Privacy & ZKP Showcase -> https://hopin.com/events/cosmos-privacy-zkp-showcase And the Zero Knowledge Gitcoin Grant -> https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast Thank you to this week’s sponsor, Aave (https://aave.com). Aave is an open source, decentralised non-custodial liquidity protocol on Ethereum. With Aave, users can participate as depositors meaning they provide liquidity to earn a passive income. or they can also act as borrowers to borrow in an overcollateralized way or undercollateralized way (think: one-block liquidity Flash Loan). Aave just released an AMM Market where Uniswap and Balancer LPs can use their LP tokens as collateral. New types of collateral and AMM protocols can be added through the Aave Governance process as well. More information on that can be found here: https://medium.com/aave/aave-amm-market-released-73ae76a7cbc0 To learn more visit aave.com (https://aave.com) to learn more *If you like what we do: * Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) *Or directly here: * ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
In this week’s episode, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) has a one-on-one chat with Alex Ozdemir, a PhD student at Stanford researching formal methods, cryptography and distributed systems. Alex’s work is closely tied to the world of generalized computations within zero knowledge systems. He is one of the main developers of CirC, an infrastructure framework for building zero knowledge languages. In their conversation, Alex and Anna take a bird’s eye view of the current landscape of zk languages and libraries. Alex explains the history and current state-of-the-art of circuit-building tools, touching on libraries like Libsnark, Bellman and more comprehensive tools like Arkworks; hardware description languages like Circom; and the more dev-friendly family of RAM-register languages like ZoKrates, Pequin, Cairo, Leo and many more. Here, the race is still on as a number of academic and business-oriented teams grapple with limitations to memory access & performance given by zero knowledge proving systems. The latest Gitcoin Grants CLR matching program is live! Gitcoin is the easiest and most effective way to support Zero Knowledge and help us produce great content every week. With CLR matching, each contributor counts. Even $1 goes a long way thanks to the quadratic funding concept. To top it all off, Gitcoin supports zero knowledge-native payment solutions like ZkSync! Click here to reach our Gitcoin page. (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast) Here are all the links for this episode: An intro dive (https://medium.com/cornellblockchain/a-brief-dive-into-zk-snarks-and-the-zokrates-toolbox-on-the-ethereum-blockchain-cb7bd7f00fdc) into the world of zero knowledge languages and ZoKrates Circom and Hermez with Jordi Baylina, Zero Knowledge episode 145 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/145) zk-SNARKs for Scale with Matter Labs, Zero Knowledge episode 72 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/72) zkStudyClub about CirC (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzWHml9hRn4) zkStudyClub on Polynomial Commitments (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz16BURH_u8) StarkWare’s Eli Ben-Sasson on STARKs and Cairo, Zero Knowledge episode 96 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/96) Pratyush Mishra on all things Arkworks, Zero Knowledge episode 169 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/169) Alex’s Stanford page (https://cs.stanford.edu/~aozdemir/) and paper on CirC (https://eprint.iacr.org/2020/1586). Thanks to this week’s sponsor, Mina Protocol (https://minaprotocol.com). Mina is the world’s lightest blockchain, creating a private gateway between the real world and crypto. The layer-one protocol replaces the traditional blockchain with a zero-knowledge proof, ensuring a super-light and constant sized chain that allows participants to quickly sync and verify the network. The entire chain is, and always will be, about 22kb — even as it scales. And SNARK-powered dApps, called Snapps, allow access to verified real world data from any website for on-chain use. The ecosystem is growing fast ahead of Mina's upcoming mainnet launch, with validators and community members in more than 120 countries. There are still opportunities to get involved at the ground level. Visit minaprotocol.com (https://minaprotocol.com) to find out more. Join the community at Mina’s free virtual Illuminate Summit on March 28th, visit illuminate.minaprotocol.com (https://www.illuminate.minaprotocol.com) to secure your spot. *If you like what we do: * Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) *Or directly here: * ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ DOT: 14zPzb7ihiBeaUn9jdPW9cHKGBd9qtTuJE75hhW2CvzLh6rT
In this week’s episode, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) goes on a grand tour of the Polkadot ecosystem ahead of the launch of Parachains. In this multi-interview episode, she explores the Polkadot ecosystem, how teams are interacting with the existing tech stacks, what they are looking forward to, and how these networks may evolve in the future once Parachains go live. The first speaker is Fabian Gompf (https://twitter.com/FabianGompf), VP at Parity, who explains what’s going on with parachain auctions, how Parity views its role in the Polkadot ecosystem, and how prospective builders can be rewarded. Then comes Derek Yoo (https://twitter.com/derekyoo) from Moonbeam, who talks about the project’s ambitions and challenges as an “Ethereum on Polkadot” parachain. Next up is Ruitao Su (https://twitter.com/ruitao_su) from Acala, who describes his vision of Polkadot as a “United Nation.” Finally comes Lucas Vogelsang (https://twitter.com/lucasvo) from Centrifuge, a very early Substrate adopter who has a unique view on what it means for a project to be a parachain. Here are a few useful links: Polkadot’s Parachain’s Explained (https://wiki.polkadot.network/docs/en/learn-parachains) Episode 5 of Zero Knowledge (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/5) where Fabi was first a guest on. Gavin Wood on Zero Knowledge (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/46) Kusama, the chaotic canary network of Polkadot, on Zero Knowledge (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/104) Web3’s Alistair and Jeff on Zero Knowledge (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/119) All about ZK proofs in the Polkadot ecosystem. Common good parachains (https://polkadot.network/common-good-parachains-an-introduction-to-governance-allocated-parachain-slots/) Moonbeam’s site (https://moonbeam.network/) Acala’s site (https://acala.network/) Acala’s Sovereign Wealth Fund concept. (https://medium.com/acalanetwork/acalas-decentralized-sovereign-wealth-fund-a-next-gen-dao-unforkable-aum-80f8c23d8f27) Centrifuge’s site (https://centrifuge.io/) Zero Knowledge episode on Centrifuge (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/107) This week’s intro features a mention of ZKValidator (ZKV) (https://zkvalidator.com/) which is currently active on Cosmos, Near, Polkadot and Kusama and soon to be active on Mina. The ZKV is unique in that it is a validator that aims to advocate for and encourage privacy & zk tech on emerging PoS networks. The ZKV connects the zk community with the network community by running private workshops & roundtables, putting together blog posts and reports as well as running dedicated public events focused on these issues. Check out the recent NEAR privacy roundtable report (https://medium.com/zero-knowledge-validator/near-privacy-roundtable-roundup-a7561663ef9d), the Cosmos Privacy Showcase happening on March 26th (https://hopin.com/events/cosmos-privacy-zkp-showcase) and an upcoming Polkadot event in April/May. Email us events@zkvalidator.com (mailto:events@zkvalidator.com) if you are a privacy project building on these networks who wants to participate. Follow @zkvalidator on twitter to stay in the loop about all of our events. And if you are a token holder, and want to support the effort, be sure to stake to us on! Info on how to do so on Polkadot can be found here: https://zkvalidator.com/polkadot/ *If you like what we do: * Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) *Or directly here: * ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ DOT: 14zPzb7ihiBeaUn9jdPW9cHKGBd9qtTuJE75hhW2CvzLh6rT
In this week’s episode, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) and Tarun (https://twitter.com/tarunchitra) talk with Simon Peffers and Kelly Olson (https://twitter.com/kellymolson) from Supranational (https://twitter.com/_Supranational), a startup focused on building specialised software and hardware for advanced cryptographic computation. Simon and Kelly talk about their recent work helping out the Ethereum Foundation with VDFs, as well as building a better SNARK algorithm for Protocol Labs’ Filecoin. They cover how specialised chips can push the boundaries of computation in a post-Moore’s law world, how hardware specialised for zero knowledge is optimised, and the challenges of building ASIC chips today. Here are a few links to set the stage about what they discussed: Zero Knowledge episode 103 (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/103), Exploring VDFs with Joseph Bonneau Supranational’s website (https://www.supranational.net) Supranational’s Medium blog (https://medium.com/supranational) Simon's talk on hardware acceleration approach at SBC (https://youtu.be/BXLcKQ6fLsU?t=3163) The 20 year old puzzle (https://www.wired.com/story/a-programmer-solved-a-20-year-old-forgotten-crypto-puzzle/) by Ron Rivest, which the Supranational folks solved just a few days late. Nvidia’s nerf of the RTX 3060 (https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/18/22289154/nvidia-rtx-3060-ethereum-mining-drivers-limit-cryptocurrency) for Ethereum mining How more specialized chips may be the solution to the end of Moore’s law (https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/02/24/905789/were-not-prepared-for-the-end-of-moores-law/) Thank you to this week’s sponsor, Aave (https://aave.com). Aave is an open source, decentralised non-custodial liquidity protocol on Ethereum. With Aave, users can participate as depositors meaning they provide liquidity to earn a passive income. or they can also act as borrowers to borrow in an overcollateralized way or undercollateralized way (think: one-block liquidity Flash Loan). A new feature is Credit Delegation, where users can delegate their credit to another person who can borrow against it Aave has an ecosystem grants program for anyone building anything that contributes to the Aave ecosystem. Check out the Aave developers portal to learn more: https://docs.aave.com/portal/ To learn more Visit aave.com to learn more *If you like what we do: * Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) *Or directly here: * ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
In this week’s episode, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) and Robert Habermeier (https://twitter.com/rphmeier) chat with Pratyush Mishra (https://twitter.com/zkproofs), co-author of the Arkworks toolkit. Arkworks is a collection of Rust libraries designed to simplify development with SNARKs, both for developing high-level application circuits and building custom SNARK implementations. Pratyush lays out what possibilities and trade-offs Arkworks offers, diving into the details of the Rust implementation and why it is the best language for developing cryptographic primitives. Anna, Rob and Pratyush then branch out into the philosophical and practical questions of open-source and blockchain development. Here are a few links to Arkworks and the topics they discussed: Arkworks GitHub (https://github.com/arkworks-rs) page and Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/FqkNt8u_OenonTJ4) group. Pratyush’s GitHub (https://github.com/Pratyush), Twitter (https://twitter.com/zkproofs) and Berkeley (https://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~pratyushmishra/) pages. Bellman (https://github.com/zkcrypto/bellman) and Libsnark (https://github.com/scipr-lab/libsnark), some of the other libraries that are similar to Arkworks. The Celo (https://docs.celo.org/overview) and Mina (https://minaprotocol.com/docs) protocols, two major projects using Arkworks. Here (https://medium.com/cornellblockchain/a-brief-dive-into-zk-snarks-and-the-zokrates-toolbox-on-the-ethereum-blockchain-cb7bd7f00fdc) is a basic explainer of what projects like Arkworks are trying to do and why it’s useful, with a particular focus on ZoKrates, one of the languages Pratyush mentioned. Intros to Circom (https://iden3.io/circom), Leo (https://developer.aleo.org/developer/getting_started/overview/) and Zinc (https://github.com/matter-labs/zinc), some of the higher level languages. An earlier episode with Robert Habermeier (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/83) about the work he does on Polkadot. Be sure to subscribe to the zkMesh Newsletter (https://zkmesh.substack.com) - a monthly rundown of the latest in decentralised privacy-preserving technologies, privacy protocol development and zero knowledge systems research. Put together by Anna & Mikerah (HashCloak). Thank you to this week’s sponsor Least Authority (https://leastauthority.com). Least Authority is a security consulting and product development company known for pushing the limits on how to build privacy-respecting solutions. They are a team of security researchers, open source developers, privacy advocates and cryptographers. They have developed an end-to-end encrypted cloud storage product that minimizes the collection of any data related to its users, called PrivateStorage (https://privatestorage.io/). PrivateStorage implements privacy and security by design, not by policy. PrivateStorage is based on Tahoe-LAFS an open source distributed file store PrivateStorage is launching in the second half of this year. Visit PrivateStorage.io (https://privatestorage.io/) to learn more and to sign up to be notified about its release. *If you like what we do: * Follow us on Twitter @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) *Or directly here: * ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
In this week’s episode, Anna (https://twitter.com/annarrose) and James Prestwich (https://twitter.com/_Prestwich) chat with Phil Daian (https://twitter.com/phildaian) and Stephane Gosselin (https://twitter.com/thegostep) from the Flashbots (https://github.com/flashbots/) project. Flashbots is a research and development organization formed to mitigate the negative externalities and existential risks posed by miner-extractable value (MEV) to smart-contract blockchains They talk about the Flashbots organization and mission as well as the evolving opportunities and dangers lurking in the mempool. Miner extractable value (MEV) (https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.05234) is a measure devised to study consensus security by modeling the profit a miner (or validator, sequencer, or other privileged protocol actor) can make through their ability to arbitrarily include, exclude, or re-order transactions from the blocks they produce. Here are some links to previous episodes, the project & MEV: * Discussing Plasma and Storage Rent with Karl Floersch and Phil Daian (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/17) * Storage rent with Phil Daian (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/25) * Monsters in the Mempool with Dan Robinson from Paradigm (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/153) on Zero Knowledge Podcast * Flash Boys 2.0: Frontrunning, Transaction Reordering, and Consensus Instability in Decentralized Exchanges (https://pdaian.com/flashboys2.pdf) * Flashbots: Frontrunning the MEV crisis (https://medium.com/flashbots/frontrunning-the-mev-crisis-40629a613752) on the Flashbots blog * Flashbots post on Ethresear.ch (https://ethresear.ch/t/flashbots-frontrunning-the-mev-crisis/8251) * Flashbots (https://github.com/flashbots/pm#flashbots) * Flashbots Alpha (https://github.com/flashbots/pm#flashbots-alpha) * MEV research roadmap (https://github.com/flashbots/mev-research/blob/main/research_roadmap.md) * Flashbots MEV Fellowship - collective research process (https://github.com/flashbots/mev-research#mev-research) * MEV Roast Calendar (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/embed?src=c_7lurqn12ecl64li0ms3kse5vok@group.calendar.google.com) In case you missed the announcement - zkSessions: DeFi+Privacy (https://hopin.com/events/zksessions-defi-and-privacy) has been postponed until Feb 22. Grab your free spot here -> https://hopin.com/events/zksessions-defi-and-privacy Thank you to this week’s sponsor Optimism PBC (https://optimism.io/). Optimism PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) building the Optimistic Ethereum Network and the Optimistic Virtual Machine to keep Ethereum half-full. They are calling all curious hackers and seasoned engineers to Come work on the cutting edge of the most interesting problems to push the limits of blockchains, VMs and compilers. No blockchain experience required! You'll work alongside global teams that are defining completely novel businesses and games that need our software to scale. If you're a developer who loves to see your code getting used by innovators around the world, then Optimism is your gateway to paradise. Please reach out to join@optimism.io (mailto:join@optimism.io) if you're interested in becoming part of this compassionate, hard-working team! People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. *If you like what we do: * Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) *Or directly here: * ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1233mRsCJ9XK6XmCGozaZ49exxvzXLt3PA ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
In this week’s episode, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) & Tarun (https://twitter.com/tarunchitra) take a step further into the NFT/Art space and chat with 2 content creators/entrepreneurs Andre Anjos (RAC) (https://twitter.com/RAC) and Trevor McFedries (Brud) (https://www.instagram.com/brud.fyi/) who are both making work that intersects with NFTs, crypto & other novel blockchain concepts. They discuss their respective works, and explore the new ways in which creators & influencers can engage with Blockchain tech and NFTs. They also try to imagine what living a digital reality actually means for the creation and consumption, or ownership of content. Here are a few of the links and projects mentioned: * Dieter Shirley from Flow on ZKPodcast (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/149) * Alex from Rarible on ZKPodcast (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/150) * Headless Brands (https://otherinter.net/web3/headless-brands/) * Michela's instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lilmiquela/) * Zora (https://zora.co/) * Superrare (https://superrare.co/) * friend with benefits - fwb.help (https://fwb.help/) * RAC token on Zora (https://blog.ourzora.com/home/introducing-rac) Check out and sign up for the zkSessions event happening on Feb 15th! https://hopin.com/events/zksessions-defi-and-privacy It's free and focused on DeFi & Privacy Thanks to this week’s sponsor Aave (https://aave.com/)! Aave is an open source, decentralised non-custodial liquidity protocol on Ethereum. With Aave, users can participate as depositors meaning they provide liquidity to earn a passive income. or they can also act as borrowers to borrow in an overcollateralized way or undercollateralised way (think: one-block liquidity Flash Loan). Aave is decentralised and community-governed and has an ecosystem grants program for anyone building anything that contributes to Aave! DeFi-staked NFT collectibles game Aavegotchi (https://aavegotchi.com/) originated as an Aave ecosystem grant. To learn more about the grant program visit aave.com (https://aave.com/) and find the link to apply for the Aave grants program here (https://medium.com/aave/aave-ecosystem-grants-round-2-33e7ffed7933)! *If you like what we do: * Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon (https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge) Donate through coinbase.commerce (https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f1e56274-c92b-4a99-802f-50727d651b38) *Or directly here: * ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
In this week’s episode, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) & Josh Cincinnati (https://twitter.com/acityinohio) chat with Peter Van Valkenburgh (https://twitter.com/valkenburgh), Director of Research at Coin Center (https://www.coincenter.org/). Coin Center is a non-profit research and advocacy group focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies. In this conversation, they cover the various branches in the US system, how these interact with the crypto/blockchain community, what the process is for making regulation and how coincenter gets involved. Here are a few of the groups that they mention: * FinCen: Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. * SEC: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission * CFTC: Commodities futures trading commission Here are some handy links: * Tangents from Coin Center: Rohan Grey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=697gBy8SZJA) * https://www.coincenter.org * Coincenter Blog: Coin Center files second comment in FinCEN rulemaking challenging its authority to make the surveillance rule (https://www.coincenter.org/coin-center-files-second-comment-in-fincen-rulemaking-challenging-its-authority-to-make-the-surveillance-rule/) * Coincenter Blog: Join us in responding to an unfair and discriminatory midnight rulemaking (https://www.coincenter.org/join-us-in-responding-to-an-unfair-and-discriminatory-midnight-rulemaking/) * Stablecoin Tethering and Bank Licensing Enforcement (STABLE) Act (https://www.investopedia.com/new-stablecoin-bill-raises-hackles-of-crypto-community-5090337) * Interpretive Letter #1172 OCC Chief Counsel's Interpretation on National Bank and Federal Savings Association Authority to H (https://www.occ.gov/topics/charters-and-licensing/interpretations-and-actions/2020/int1172.pdf) Thanks for this week’s sponsor Interchain Foundation (https://interchain.io/) or ICF ICF is focused on the research, development, and promotion of open, decentralized, network technologies like Cosmos One of the most recent developments in the Cosmos ecosystem is the Stargate upgrade. Stargate is the largest Cosmos upgrade yet, enabling blockchains to connect with each other using the first standardized protocol for inter-blockchain communication (IBC). Here is our episode with Chris Goes about IBC. If you want to apply to the Interchain Foundation Grants program, here is the link: apply.interchain.io (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkgcNckqj6s9IkX0cSg6eiicYg2IPMASZeTQ2KO9kjnma28g/viewform) Deadline for this round is February 14th. Thanks again ICF! *If you like what we do: * Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast) Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant (https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2) Support us on the ZKPatreon -https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge *Or directly here: * ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
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Adam Malin

It's shocking to me how little people are aware of the Sia Network as a decentralized cloud storage provider. It's working right now and it's awesome!

Dec 13th
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Jiasun Li

honey badger being fully asynchronous: how to reconcile with Fischer Lynch Patterson?

May 25th
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