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    Categories: General, Interviews

    EB145 - Stephen King & Russell McLernon: Distrupting Real Estate With RexMLS - A Decentralized MLS

    August 23rd, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin
    One of the sectors which is ripe for disruption is the real estate industry. In the US for instance, a handful of historic and very powerful players operate what is known as MLS, or Multiple Listing Services, and hold unofficial monopolies on residential and commercial real estate listings. Brokers, who depend on these listing services to sell properties, agree that their incumbent positions have created a situation where fees have continued to rise, while little to no added value has been a... Read More

    EB144 - Charles Hoskinson & Alex Chepurnoy: IOHK, Scorex And The Case For Ethereum Classic

    August 16th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin
    From BitShares to his central role during the inception of Ethereum Charles Hoskinson has continually influenced key projects in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. After departing the Ethereum project in 2014, he has recently stepped back into the limelight by pledging support and resources to turn the fledgling Ethereum fork ETC into a viable project. Charles joined us together with Alex Chepurnoy, a developer at his company IOHK. Besides Ethereum Classic, we talked about IOHK and... Read More

    EB143 - Joey Krug: Augur - A Decentralized, Crowdsourced Prediction Market Built On Ethereum

    August 9th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin
    Prediction markets are fascinating financial instruments which have proven to be accurate at making predictions on things like the outcome of elections, geopolitical events and sporting events. But in our heavily regulated financial world, they are the subject of much controversy. In 2013 for instance, a well-known US prediction market, Intrade, was forced to shut down following a civil suit filed by the CFTC. While some people consider prediction markets to be a useful tool for society, oth... Read More
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    Many Blockchains, One Cryptocurrency

    July 25th, 2016 by john
    Since the introduction of Namecoin, the first serious attempt to build a public blockchain network separate from Bitcoin, there has been an explosion of so-called “altcoins” – bitcoin competitors – which have sought to unseat bitcoin from its throne atop the cryptocurrency charts. So far, none have come close to matching the market demand for bitcoin, with bitcoin commanding about 82% of the market share in the $12.9 billion cryptocurrency market at the tim... Read More
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    Teaching Bitcoin at the Enchanted Forest Gathering

    July 17th, 2016 by john
    On Sunday July 24, from 1:30 – 3:00pm, I will be giving a workshop called “Banking With Bitcoin” at the Enchanted Forest Gathering in Northern California. During this workshop, I will teach attendees about the basics of Bitcoin, then go on to explain the many ways that Bitcoin can be used to do tasks normally associated with banking. This talk is based on the content published in my book “Bitcoin: Be Your Own Bank” and will feature some new content th... Read More
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    EB139 – Martin Köppelmann: Gnosis - The Ethereum Prediction Market

    July 11th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin
    Few things arouse excitment among free market believers and enthusiasts of decentralization as prediction markets do. By allowing people to bet on any range of outcomes they promise more efficient markets and better information. Few people have worked with as much dedication on making the promise of prediction markets a reality as Martin Köppelmann. After founding the Bitcoin prediction market Fairlay, he turned to Ethereum and started the Ethereum-based prediction market Gnosis. We dis... Read More

    EB138 - Sergio Lerner: How RSK Will Bring Smart Contracts To Bitcoin

    July 4th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin
    Security researcher and RSK co-founder Sergio Lerner joined us to discuss RSK (also Rootstock), the project to launch a turing-complete smart contract sidechain to Bitcoin. We talked about how he got into the industry, spending countless days analyzing Bitcoin for vulnerabilities and finding a few along the way. And, of course, RSK, the ambitious project to strenghten the Bitcoin ecosystem through adding smart contract capabilities. Topics covered included: - How Sergio initially got inv... Read More
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    EB137 – Siân Jones: Regulatory Update - The Brexit, The EU And The DAO

    June 29th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin
    With recent news surrounding The DOA and the Brexit vote causing a stir in the blockchain world and beyond, it seems like a regulatory update is due. So we called up our favorite regulatory affairs specialist Siân Jones to enlighten us on some of the recent developments in Bitcoin and blockchain regulation. Topics covered in this episode include: - The Brexit and it's potential impacts on the Blockchain and Fintech space in the UK - The Bank of England opening its doors to more t... Read More
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    EB136 - Arthur Breitman: Tezos - A Self-Amending Crypto-Ledger

    June 20th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin
    The lack of an explicit governance mechanism has created deep problems for Bitcoin. Ethereum, with the DAO-related soft/hard-fork discussions, may face similar challenges ahead. Yet, already in 2014 Arthur Breitman quietly started working on cryptocurrency network Tezos that has an explicit mechanism to let coinholders vote on protocol upgrades. Our discussion with Breitman centered around how explicit governance could lead to a more secure and evolutionary protocol. We also discussed Te... Read More
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    Used Underwear Vendors and Assumptions About Smart Contracts

    June 20th, 2016 by adam
    When doing new things, it is not uncommon to find completely unanticipated results. The recent events impacting TheDAO have opened my eyes to a reality that is very contrary to the one I thought I knew. Why are we interested in smart contracts and what really is their value? ##Peer to Peer Ecommerce - For the People? Let's talk about OpenBazaar - For anyone who hasn't heard of it, basically it's a protocol to decentralize ecommerce listings. So a merchant, instead of paying shopify $2... Read More
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    Andreas Antonopolous Recorded Live, is Uncensored and Uncut with Part 2 of LTB #297 Available Now!

    June 18th, 2016 by adam
    This episode is unedited and contains mature language, a mildly edited version will be available on the podcast feed by Tuesday. On this episode, Andreas is joined by Attorneys [Pamela Morgan](https://empoweredlaw.wordpress.com) and Brian Klein. From the founding Ethereum team, Taylor Gerring joins to provide an insiders perspective on events. This episode is not investment or legal advice, consult your own representative. Read More

    EB134 - Emin Gün Sirer And Vlad Zamfir: On A Rocky DAO

    June 6th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin
    Raising $150m+ through its toke sale, 'The DAO' has become the most notable decentralized application to date. The ambitious goal of the project is to form an decentralized organizations that efficiently makes investment decisions and generates a return for the token holders. Computer Science professor Emin Gün Sirer and researcher Vlad Zamfir joined us to discuss the various security issues with the daring project and why they've called for a temporary moratorium on funding proposals. ... Read More

    Technology and Choice article (What's in a Name?)

    April 18th, 2016 by fergish
    [Note: link to author's reading of the article appears at the bottom of the article] *Technology and Choice* is a great name for a podcast, don’t you think? A lot of people seem to find the title compelling, all by itself. I know I do. There’s so much implied, yet so formlessly. Even I only have a vague idea of where we’re going with this--just a thread to start pulling, really. So, why is the name so engaging? ###Choice Choice is one of those weird strings the universe leaves han... Read More

    Tokens and the Family Car

    February 16th, 2016 by adam

    We live in a world powered by tokens. Your car probably still uses the old style—a metal key that completes an electrical circuit when inserted into the ignition. The key identifies you as the user and grants complete control to do as you want. Newer cars use electronic keys. Sometimes these keys simply need to be in your pocket, able to communicate their presence with a small radio and receiver. More generally the key is a type of token. And from your perspective, it doesn’t matter what it is about the token that empowers it to empower you. It only matters that it does.

    Imagine instead of a physical key, the car is controlled by a one-of-a-kind-unique token that controls the door, locks, and ignition of your car.  

    That might sound complex, but your phone and your car handle almost all of it without you even knowing. You just have to make sure you have the right token...

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    The Lightning Network in the Old West

    February 12th, 2016 by jratcliff63367
    ##The Lightning Network ELIDHDICACS* #### *(Explain Like I Don’t Have Degrees in Cryptography and Computer Science)* ![](http://i.imgur.com/Bqu1h3r.png) Read More

    Tokens and Open Source Hardware Manufacturing, Distribution and Sales

    January 26th, 2016 by adam
    Open Source Hardware is a popular and growing movement. An organization (sometimes charity, usually a non-profit) develops hardware designs and specifications and publishes them to the open source without the desire or potentially the ability to produce the physical products exclusively themselves. The Raspberry Pi project is a perfect example of this with two official stocking manufacturers who share back some of their revenue in compensation for their official status. This money supports further development. By adding three types of tokens to the ecosystem, what is a game for only the biggest of players can become a vibrant environment of efficient, decentralized and distributed reselling. Now distribution can start to take place. Read More
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    What’s at stake in the Bitcoin block size debate

    January 11th, 2016 by john
    What Bitcoin Is and How It Works First described by Satoshi Nakamoto in a whitepaper released in late 2008, Bitcoin is a “P2P electronic cash system” that enables two people on the Internet to transact with each other without having to go through a traditional payment processor such as a bank or credit card network. Bitcoin was invented by combining several previously existing technologies - including digital signatures, peer-to-peer networking, and cryptographic pr... Read More
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    'How to Save (or Destroy) the Bitcoin Foundation,' by Charles Hoskinson

    January 1st, 2016 by charleshoskinson
    I've been thinking about the Bitcoin Foundation over the last few months. After I left as the first chairman of the education committee in late 2013, I dismissed the Foundation as a mostly inept attempt by some business interests in the community to gain an edge over their competitors. So why my sudden interest, after my self-imposed exile? Read More
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    'Recent Actions by Government Could Motivate Brazilians to Adopt Bitcoin,' by Rock Barcellos

    December 23rd, 2015 by rockbarcellos
    Recently, Brazil’s government ordered WhatsApp to shut down its services within the country. WhatsApp is widely adopted by Brazilians. In a country with a population of around 200 million, there are about 100 million users, and the ruling caused a massive reaction against the decision. People immediately sought ways to get around the block through the use of VPN services, in order to keep using the messaging service. Many migrated to other apps, such as Telegram. Will such events cause an eventual migration to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? Read More
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    The Ether Review #6 - Devcon 1 Debrief

    November 27th, 2015 by Legendface66
    On today's show we have a panel of Devcon attendees. **Alex Amsel, Hudson Jameson** and **Jack du Rose.** We discuss the Ethereum community, the development state of the consensus process, storage solutions, Free My Vunk, Slock, Oraclize and much more. **[Note: This episode does not contain a magic word.]** Alex Amsel: [newretro.org](http://newretro.org) Hudson Jameson: [hudsonjameson](https://goo.gl/MvXLHR) Jack du Rose: [colony.io](http://colony.io) Production and Editing... Read More

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