Let’s Talk Bitcoin! #375 Blockchains are Forever (Mostly)

On Todays Episode of Let’s Talk Bitcoin…

Stephanie, Jonathan, Andreas and Adam are back for a wide ranging conversation covering the now-defunct Bitcoin Alert system, the smart contracts arms race and a lot more. Look out on this episode for a bonus interview on the value of forever-tokens for projects other than money, with Joe Looney, one of the minds behind the Rare Pepe wallet.


This episode was sponsored by EasyDNS.com and TokenMarkets.com . It featured content from Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Joe Looney and Adam Levine.

Music for episode 375 was provided by Jared Rubens and General Fuzz, with editing by Matthew Zipkin and Adam Levine.

Email questions or comments to adam@letstalkbitcoin.com

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What Bitcoin Did #34 An Interview with Riccardo ‘FluffyPony’ Spagni from Monero & Tari

‘œOver the last 10 to 15 years there has been an uprising of people who value privacy, not because they are weird and want to go and hide in the woods, ordinary citizens who are not happy with how much data they are handing over.’

‘” Riccardo “FluffyPony” Spagni

Interview location: Skype

Interview date: Thu 13th September 2018

Company: Tari (and Monero core team member)

Role: Co-founder

David Chaum said that ‘œPrivacy is tied to human potential, an important aspect of democracy’, yet increasingly we are finding our lives are being tracked, both commercially and via the government. We blindly provide Internet giants such as Facebook and Google with massive amounts of data about who we are, what we do and the things we buy.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal highlighted how are data is abused and used to manipulate us. There is now an uprising, a growth in awareness of the value of privacy. People are hiding their browsing activity, and Internet giants are under pressure to be more responsible with data.

In this episode, I talk to Riccardo ‘œFluffPony’ Spagni, core team member of Monero, a privacy-based cryptocurrency. Monero is often accused of being a tool for the criminals and drug dealers, but Monero is a tool for financial privacy, a way for us to keep our economic activities and transactions private.

In this episode we discuss:

-The importance of privacy

-Why there is apathy towards privacy

-Riccardo’s new project Tari

-Privacy tools

-The potential for a privacy web stack

-What is coming up for Monero

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#252 Ralph Merkle: Revolutionizing Democracy Using DAOs (rebroadcast)

Legendary scientist and cryptography pioneer Ralph Merkle joined us to discuss his recent paper on DAOs. Merkle examined how the voting mechanisms in today’s democracies are flawed and how a decentralized, transparent DAO making decisions using prediction markets could create more efficient democratic systems.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Merkle proofs, Merkle Roots and his early forays into cryptography
  • Blockchains as living organisms
  • Why DAOs will be subject to a Darwinian evolutionary process
  • Why voting is flawed and we need new governance methods to save democracy
  • The concept of a DAO democracy
  • How prediction markets and futarchy would help govern a DAO democracy

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  • DutchX: The open, decentralized trading protocol for ERC20 tokens using the Dutch auction mechanism

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