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EB116 - Eli Ben-Sasson: Zero Knowledge Proofs

Published on February 1st, 2016 by Epicenter


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Zero Knowledge Proofs are methods of providing cryptographic proofs to another party while keeping some information secret. The simple concept of ZKP offer tantalizing possibilities: Banks could prove solvency without revealing depositors. Governments could prove the fairness of an election without compromising privacy.

Computer science professor Eli Ben-Sasson joined us to discuss where blockchains and cryptocurrencies intersect with Zero Knowledge Proofs and related technologies such as zkSNARKs. It offered a fascinating view into what will surely become a core part of blockchain tech in the future.

Topics covered included:

  • What are proof systems?
  • Zero Knowledge Proofs (ZKP) and other terminology such as SNARKs and zkSNARKs
  • The mechanics of Zero Knowledge Proofs
  • The role of performance in Zero Knowledge Proofs
  • Applications of ZKPs
  • The widespread potential impact of ZKP to verify processes

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