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    The Ether Review #46 - Curtis Yarvin & Galen Wolfe-Pauly on Urbit

    November 7th, 2016 by Legendface66
    Sometimes the urge to layer in-jokes into a podcast title is impossible to resist. . . and then 24hrs later you change it. The effort to understand the significance of type based and functional programming languages led me to the Urbit project. This attempt to re-design the internet is one of a number of technologies that have evolved alongside blockchain and address some of the same problems. The Urbit developer's focus on mechanical perfection is a sensibility worth observing. The first ... Read More
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    The Ether Review #45 - Australia - Agricultural Finance, Financial Assets, & Antipiracy

    November 3rd, 2016 by Legendface66
    In many ways still a frontier nation, Australia's style of innovation is practical and direct. Three of the startups covered in todays interviews come from industries outside of tech, each looking to blockchain to solve a problem unique to their industries. Finhaus Labs, a research and consulting team offers supporting services and friendly advice to these, and the rest of the local blockchain business community. Interviews: Nick Addison, Finhaus Labs Connor Svendsen, independent Emma We... Read More
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    The Ether Review #43 - BHP, Tracking the Most Valuable Rock on Earth

    October 21st, 2016 by Legendface66
    Core samples from oil wells can be worth more than gold. BHP Billiton, one of the largest mining companies in the world, is piloting a program to track their custodianship and provenance using IPFS and Ethereum. Not only is this an interesting use case, but it is also the first time we have seen a production deployment of both IPFS and Ethereum. If you would like to contact Tyler, please email me at the address mentioned in the podcast. twitter.com/FreeMyVunk twitter.com/arthurfalls ... Read More
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    The Ether Review #42 - Dominic Williams, Dfinity and Infinite Scaling

    October 18th, 2016 by Legendface66
    Dominic Williams is a cryptographic researcher focussed on scaling and the representation of real world assets in digital form. Dfinity, Dominic’s infinitely scalable virtual machine, is simple, and extremely powerful. This is the third time I’ve interviewed Dominic. The first was for the final episode of Beyond Bitcoin. Dominic enters at the 1hr 32min mark to explain Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance. The second was in February 2016 on The Ether Review to discuss his work on synthetic ... Read More
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    The Ether Review #41 - Martin Lundfall, Rage Against the Machine

    October 13th, 2016 by Legendface66
    What is the Ethereum Virtual Machine, what design trends and decisions influence its operation and what does that mean for Ethereum the platform? Today we dive deep. There is a debate around whether the flexibility of the imperative paradigm of programming language design or the verifiability of the functional paradigm are more appropriate for the Ethereum Virtual Machine. Martin is in the functional camp which he believes can make Ethereum a more robust and powerful platform. The EVM itself ... Read More
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    The Ether Review #40 - Perianne, Don & Alex discuss The Muskoka Group

    October 8th, 2016 by Legendface66
    Between August 24th-26th, a group of leaders in blockchain thought, business, and advocacy met at the Tapscott’s lodge in Muskoka, Canada. The goal of the meeting was to discuss strategies of stewardship and governance of the blockchain space. Currently, the Chamber of Digital Commerce is the most prominent advocacy group. Founder & President, Perianne Boring joined Don and Alex Tapscott, on the eve of the event to discuss their goals. Read More
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    The Ether Review #39 - Zooko Wilcox, Zcash and Cryptography in the 1990s

    September 30th, 2016 by Legendface66
    Zooko Wilcox has more than 20 years of experience in open, decentralized systems, cryptography and information security, and startups. He is recognized for his work on DigiCash, Mojo Nation, ZRTP, “Zooko’s Triangle”, Tahoe-LAFS, BLAKE2, and SPHINCS. He is also the Founder and CEO of Least Authority. He sometimes blogs about health science. In recent years, progress in the area of zero knowledge proofs has made it possible to construct a blockchain whose miners can verify transactions, o... Read More
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    The Ether Review #38 - Pelle Braendgaard, Prehistory

    September 23rd, 2016 by Legendface66
    Blockchain is a recent innovation, cryptocurrency is not. From the mid 80s to the end of the Dot Com Boom in the late 90s, cryptographers and developers tackled many of the problems we are encountering today in this new era of digital currency. Pelle Braendgaard is a veteran search engine webmaster (AltaVista) and participant in the cryptocurrency space of the early nineties. Back then, the Crypto Finance Conference, held in Aguila was the epicenter of the community. A tremendous amount of p... Read More
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    The Ether Review #37 - Jaan Tallinn, Threats to Human Life on Earth

    September 20th, 2016 by Legendface66
    Jaan Tallinn is the founder of Skype and Kazaa and long time angel investor. More recently, Jaan has concerned himself with preventing the destruction of humanity. Strong Artificial intelligence is the least understood of threats and this is Jaan's chief concern. Ascended Economy Meditations on Moloch cser.org futureoflife.org Content: Jaan Tallinn, Siri, Arthur Falls Subscribe on iTunes Read More
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    The Ether Review #36 - Emin Gün Sirer, Wrapping it all up

    September 15th, 2016 by Legendface66
    Crypto guru Emin Gün Sirer wraps up the DAO hack and hard fork. While the entire episode is over for the main Ethereum chain, some questions remain unanswered. After speaking with Emin, the intrigue seems to have only deepened. hackingdistributed.com initc3.org etherreview.info Content: Emin Gün Sirer, Arthur Falls Read More
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    The Ether Review #35 - Coinfund & Synereo

    September 12th, 2016 by Legendface66
    Lucius Gregory Meredith, chief technology officer at Synereo is a mathematician and cryptocurrency expert. The Synereo platform began as a decentralized social network but out of a need for smart contracts, high scalability, and concurrent transactions, the project has become something much more than a replacement for facebook. Greg’s work is fascinating and novel, and frankly I don’t do it justice in this interview. Interested listeners should follow up on the provided links. What lead me t... Read More
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    The Ether Review #34 - Vinay Gupta on Rethinking Blockchain Use Cases

    July 8th, 2016 by Legendface66
    The threat of Ethereum regulation as a result of the DAO fiasco raises the question: At its core, is blockchain a financial technology? The Crypto project is viewed by many to be an effort to safeguard mankind's future. Vinay Gupta says it’s time to realign the crypto project with human survival rather than human greed. Topics Covered: Will Ethereum become regulated and merge with Fintech? Is this a bad thing? In the event of a global financial collapse, have we built an infrastru... Read More
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    The Ether Review # 33 - Blockchain on Wall St & CPU Cycles for Rent

    July 1st, 2016 by Legendface66
    Julian Zawistowski, of Project Golem explains the distributed computing platform he and his team at Imapp are producing. The first alpha, Brass Golem will be released in weeks. The Imapp organisation itself is an interesting organization worth having a look at. Before we get to Golem however, Wall Street veteran Caitlin Long explains what blockchain can offer to financial institutions, regulators, and the Wall St as a whole. caitlin-long.com golemproject.net imapp.pl/en/index ... Read More
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    The Ether Review #32 - Peter Van Valkenburgh, The DAO & Regulation

    July 1st, 2016 by Legendface66
    Peter Van Valkenburgh, Director of Research at Coin Center explains the regulatory considerations that may bear on DAO tokens. This episode was recorded before the hack but is still an excellent guide for those interested in understanding the importance of due legal diligence in advance of a crowd sale. coincenter.org/ etherreview.info Thank you to cryptocompare.com Content: Arthur Falls, Peter Van Valkenburgh Read More
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    The Ether Review #30 - Vinay Gupta - All Roads lead to the Singularity

    July 1st, 2016 by Legendface66
    This episode features a somewhat undirected discussion with critical thinker Vinay Gupta. Starting with the technological components of Bitcoin and Ethereum, we find that all roads lead to the singularity. Thank you to cryptocompare.com for the support etherreview.info Vinay's site twitter.com/leashless twitter.com/arthurfalls Content: Vinay Gupta, Arthur Falls Editing: Connor O'Day Read More
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    The Ether Review #31 - Aftermath, Discussing the DAO Hack

    June 22nd, 2016 by Legendface66
    So the DAO was hacked. Karl Floersch and myself discuss the state of play. What happened? Was it the fault of the DAO developers or a bug in the Solidity language? What does this mean for the ecosystem? How should we respond as a community? What is certain is that this event will drive the maturity of Ethereum forward. Hackingdistributed.com blog.ethereum.org/ Understanding The DAO Hack for Journalists - goo.gl/JIFgNJ Karl.tech Thank you to cryptocompare.com Content: Karl Floe... Read More
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    The Ether Review #29 – Gavin and Ken of Ethcore, Parity and Web 3

    June 20th, 2016 by Legendface66
    Today we have Ethereum founder and Ethcore CEO, Gavin Wood and head of business development at Ethcore, Ken Kappler. We take a look at their Parity client and the Web 3 concept. We look at the future of Bitcoin - Ethereum interoperation, Geth security flaws, Whisper, Swarm, the DAO and even the possibility of sidechains on Ethereum. There was additional content cut into this episode so it’s a bit choppy but altogether this episode offers a fresh glimpse into the ever changing future of Ethereu... Read More
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    The Ether Review #28 - Dapp Structure and the New Decentralized Exchange, Bitsquare

    June 20th, 2016 by Legendface66
    This episode features two interviews. First, Karl Floersch discusses the underlying structures which shape distributed applications. Karl’s ability to explain the deeper mechanics of software running in the Ethereum environment is unique and discussions with him are always fun, insightful, and visionary. Then we have Manfred Karrer, the creator of Bitsquare. For the uninitiated, Bitsquare is a decentralized fiat to crypto exchange. While it is completely self contained and doesn’t us... Read More
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    The Ether Review #27 - Blockchain Revolution

    May 13th, 2016 by Legendface66
    Blockchain Revolution, the acclaimed book by Alex and Don Tapscott has been stirring interest in elite tech circles in advance of its launch. Steve Wozniac called it “mindblowing in its expansiveness and profundity.” There are other great quotes on the dust jacket but I think an endorsement like that indicates that Blockchain Revolution is bound to be the bestseller that brings an awareness of blockchain technology to the masses. Today, Alex Tapscott speaks about the work. Content: Alex T... Read More
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    The Ether Review #26 - The DAO is Here!

    May 7th, 2016 by Legendface66
    In the few days between this episodes interview and the recording of this introduction, the DAO has raised over ten million dollars, bringing its total cash reserves to twenty three million. Such investor enthusiasm is unprecedented in the cryptocurrency world. But is such enthusiasm justified? What is the DAO anyway? Where does Slockit fit into the picture? Will the investor control of the DAO result in overly optimistic capital management? Do these investors realize the highly speculative natu... Read More

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