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Episode 103: Exploring VDFs with Joseph Bonneau

Episode 103: Exploring VDFs with Joseph Bonneau

Update: 2019-11-13
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In this week’s episode, we sit down with Joseph Bonneau, Assistant Professor at NYU and co-author on the Verifiable Delay Functions (VDFs) paper. We discuss VDFs, what they are, how they were developed and what they can be used for.



Here are a few links that we reference:



Blockchain 101: Randomness episode with Justin Drake

Verifiable Delay Functions by Dan Boneh, Joseph Bonneau, Benedikt Bünz, and Ben Fisch

vdfresearch.org

Numbers Game

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

Bitcoin Book






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Episode 103: Exploring VDFs with Joseph Bonneau

Episode 103: Exploring VDFs with Joseph Bonneau

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