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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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#162 - Discussion with Dr. Mervyn Maistry, CEO of Konfid.io

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with my friend Dr Mervyn Maistry, CEO of Konfid.io, whose blockchain is tailor made for solving enterprise problems.  

We spoke about the challenge "vulture capitalism" and how blockchain can address it, as well as the potential for decentralization has to offer.

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Editing team: Aiden and Jason Lavallee

#161 - How can data be self-sovereign?

A lot of people are making data plays on blockchain.  The concept of data self-sovereignty is the driving factor. How can I own my own data and not have a third party service make all the money by selling it?

 

That's an exciting topic but it can sometimes feel confusing that blockchain would be the tool we would use to solve it.  Isn't blockchain a system where everyone has an unchangeable copy of a shared pool of data?  How can it be used for data privacy?  In this mini-episode Nathan goes through some use cases and explains how it can work.

 

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#160 - Fetch and Ocean - Will ICOs come back in 2019?

Even in the middle of a crypto winter, you will still see some crypto trees pushing their way up through the snow.  Last week Fetch.AI sold out their ICO in only 10 seconds.  On the 6th of March, Ocean Protocol will hold their ICO which is widely expected to be successful.  

What do these two success stories have in common that allow them to succeed in our current crypto climate?  Today Nathan talks with Analysis in Chains' Barcelona Correspondent, Benjamin Clair about these two decentralized data marketplaces and what it takes to do an ICO in this brave new world. 

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Editing team: Aiden and Jason Lavallee

#159 - Bitbond Does an STO

Time for a walk down memory lane!  

 

One of our first guests on Analysis in Chains was Radoslav Albrecht, CEO of Bitbond, one of the most established blockchain company in the Berlin scene, giving small business loans using Bitcoin. Bitbond are now gearing up for an STO, creating a tokenized bond that investors can purchase, and so we brought him back on the show to talk about his experience.

Security tokens are widely expected to be the next big thing in crypto because they can allow companies to create highly liquid versions of equity, bonds, and other financial instruments, however they come with a host of regulatory challenges and requirements that utility tokens did not face.  Will they live up to the hype?  Are the requirements reasonable for a startup to meet?  And if they are successful, will blockchain become more corporate and drift away from the vision of Satoshi Nakamoto?  Today we chat with Radoslav all about that.

 

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Editing by Aiden and Jason Lavallee

#158 - Nathan’s Exchange Adventures

It is slightly embarrassing, but as one half of a blockchain and cryptocurrency podcast that has run for almost 2 years, Nathan has very little experience with trading and exchanges.

So that's why last week when the price of Ether went up, Nathan decided to try exchanging a little bit for some DAI Stablecoin, and it wasn't as easy as he expected!

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#157 - It’s all about the metrics!

Will the crypto winter lead to an early spring?  It's the question on everyone's mind but we should be careful about making predictions too quickly.  There have been a number of efforts to come up with metrics we can use to predict crypto prices but even after 2 years there are still different approaches that yield very different results.

 

Today Neal and Nathan go through some of the metrics to look for, as well as talk about the recent announcement that JP Morgan will be creating their own crypto token and whether or not this spells trouble for Ripple.

 

 

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156 - Interview with Bina Cho of FLETA

Fundamentally, a blockchain is a way of getting a bunch of computers to agree on what the true version of data really is.  This is called the consensus algorithm and is the heart of a blockchain project.  If you use proof-of-work, you will trade higher energy costs for a decentralized, secure system.  If you use proof-of-stake you will reduce the energy costs, but run the risk that the first adopters of the system had more control than people who join later.  But what if there's another way?

FLETA is a Korean-based project that uses a consensus mechanism called Proof of Formulation.  Their goal is to get a chain that is faster, stronger, more efficient.  Today I had the opportunity to chat with Bina Cho, one of FLETA's Directors, to find out more about their approach to blockchain.

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#155 - Dude, Where’s my Private Key?

Neal is back and with him comes the Analysis!  (without him we're just In Chains)

 

The transaction volume is up in the Bitcoin network but does that mean crypto adoption is happening or is this a blip in the radar?

 

And if you've not heard, the CEO of Quadriga passed away a few weeks ago taking the passwords to the exchange wallets for Quadriga with him, permanently locking nearly $200 million worth of crypto.  

We've said it before, we'll say it again.  Kids, don't store your crypto in an exchange.  

 

 

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