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

Published on July 4th, 2016 by epicenterbitcoin

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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 involved in the Bitcoin space
  • His early work on turing-complete cryptocurrencies going back to 2012
  • Why financial inclusion is the most important problem to solve
  • Merged mining and RSK's security model
  • How RSK compares to Ethereum
  • RSK's business model

Links mentioned in this episode:


  • Jaxx: Wallets that Unify the Blockchain Experience Across Devices jaxx.io
  • Hide.me: Protect your privacy and personal data with a free VPN account at Hide.me/epicenter

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Epicenter Bitcoin is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

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