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#172 - Utility and Decentralization

Utility tokens.  They were all the rage in 2017 and even 2018. Not only because people could raise millions of dollars with them really quickly, but also because they enabled blockchain protocols to work.  

But utility tokens were designed to be speculated on, and the more the price rises, the less people want to use them in a blockchain system. Instead they'll hold on to them as an investment. 

We need tokens to make decentralized systems work.  Is there a way to solve this problem?  And how can this inform how we design our blockchain systems going forward?

 

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#171 - Martin Mikeln, Cofounder at Verity

It's known as the Oracle Problem.  Transactions on a blockchain are secure and trustless, but when we create smart contracts that use data that comes from sources not on the blockchain, how can we trust it is accurate?  We need external data for some of the most interesting applications of smart contracts, like decentralized insurance, rely on external data to work.

Today I speak with Martin Mikeln, cofounder of Verity.Network. Their approach is to use a crowdsourced data collection model to incentivize large groups of people to enter data in a decentralized manner, eliminating the need for a trusted oracle. From face recognition to insurance, to sports betting, Verity hopes to bring trusted data to smart contracts without trusted parties. 

 

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#170 -Delisting and Harmony

Hello lovely listeners, today we talk with Nick White, cofounder of Harmony, a base-layer protocol that is trying to solve some of the scaling problems that come with the blockchain space. Scaling is a huge challenge in the blockchain space: how can we go from 7 transactions per second to the thousands needed to replace traditional payment networks, while maintaining the decentralized ideals of the blockchain community?  And even if we get there, does this leave the blockchain vulnerable to off-chain politics? What is the best way forward?

And of course, on that very topic, we had in the news this week Binance choosing to delist Bitcoin SV, the project headed by Australian self-proclaimed "Satoshi Nakamoto" Craig Wright. This looks like very bad news for the project and holders of the coin, but it also raises questions as to how centralized the power in blockchain really is, and who holds this power.

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#169 - Charles Hoskinson, CEO and Cofounder of IOHK

Spring is here and there is a crypto rally around us! Crypto prices rallied last week giving everyone in the cryptoverse a bit of relief, and in the midst of that we had the opportunity to speak to Charles Hoskinson, cofounder of Ethereum, and Cofounder and CEO of IOHK, which runs Ethereum Classic and Cardano.

Charles and his organizations are driven by science and it was a special treat to step away from the excitement of rising bitcoin prices and to see the world through his eyes.  Thank you Charles for coming on the show!

 

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#168 - Interview with Beniamin Mincu, CEO of Elrond

The long crypto winter has focused the blockchain world on enterprise projects with customers and solid business models, but we should not forget the importance of Layer One protocols! Behind the hype of STOs, finance platforms, and supply chain solutions lies the world of consensus mechanisms, sharding, proof of stake, and throughput.  And in the middle of this is Elrond.

 

Today we speak with Beniamin Mincu, cofounder and CEO of Elrond, who are combining some of the latest research to make a faster, more secure layer one blockchain. 

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#167 - What’s at stake?

A week after the big exchange scandal and crypto seems largely unaffected, so Neal and Nathan discuss the future of Proof of Stake systems and whether staking will be the newest investment tool for large institutional investors.

 

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#166 - PositiveBlockchain.io meetup - Digital ID panel

Last week Positiveblockchain.io held a meetup in Berlin discussing the role of blockchain in digital ID and how it could make a positive social impact. Analysis in Chains was there to record it, so you didn't have to miss the discussion!

On the panel were:

Kai Wagner- Jolocom
Ricky Thiermann- Spherity
Aleksander Kampa - Sikoba
Balazs Nemethi- Taqanu

and it was moderated by Carolina Soto- Innogy Innovation Hub

 

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#165 - Inflated Volumes?

Bitcoin trading volumes are strong but the value, not so much.  Could it be that exchanges are inflating their volumes to look more impressive to the average trader? Is it just the small exchanges or are the big ones caught up as well?  And what does this mean for you, the average crypto trader?

 

Also did you see Nathan was interviewed by Forbes this week about his company Minespider?

Check it out!  

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jaxjacobsen/2019/03/22/can-blockchain-apps-ensure-a-responsible-mineral-supply-chain/#673159165834

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#164 - Interview with Eli-Shaoul Khedouri, Human Protocol

We've all been there. We go to a website, go to log in, and have to prove we aren't a robot.  Each time we fill out a Captcha we are doing work to provide data that feeds machine learning algorithms run by big companies, and we're doing it for free!

 

Machine Learning is very data hungry, and it's hungry for data from humans. So why can't the humans who provide this data be paid, and the middleman removed?  That's the story of Human Protocol.  Today we talk to Eli Khedouri, the founder about the needs of this industry and how their first product, hCaptcha, aims to feed our future robot overlords, but allow the individuals who contribute to be compensated for their loyal service.

 

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#163 - One more time around the circuit

We're starting to see movement. We've seen this before.  Altcoins are performing well relative to Bitcoin.  That means that people are getting a bit riskier, and moving to sell off their Bitcoin to explore more adventurous areas of the crypto market.

We've been here before, but the question is always will this be a repeat of history?  Will an array of small coins jumping bring back the excitement of 2017? Or will STOs and the new concept, Consumer Token Offerings, rule the day?

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