System scalability and extensibility of system features are two central problems around which research in the cryptocurrency / blockchain industry has centered. For example, the Blockstream sidechains project foresaw hundreds of blockchains coordinating together to form an ‘Internet of Chains’ delivering extensibility to the Bitcoin system. Recently, Dr. Gavin Wood, co-founder of Ethereum and Parity,…

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Andreas Antonopoulos: Pre-launch thoughts on Zcash. I downloaded and ran the test net version, and did some test transactions. I read the implementation of zkSNARKs and understood 30% of it, apparently that’s generous. From a scaling perspective, Zcash has significantly bigger challenges than Bitcoin or Ethereum, but it works very well collaboratively with other chains….

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Prediction markets are fascinating financial instruments which have proven to be accurate at making predictions on things like the outcome of elections, geopolitical events and sporting events. But in our heavily regulated financial world, they are the subject of much controversy. In 2013 for instance, a well-known US prediction market, Intrade, was forced to shut…

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Craig Wright, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto in an interview with Dr. Nicolas T. Courtois, a lecturer in cryptography at University College London and Stuart McGurk, GQ’s senior commissioning editor. Bitcoin is a Cryptocurrency that was released back in 2009 by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central…

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Legendary scientist and cryptography pioneer Ralph Merkle joined Epicenter Bitcoin 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 covered included: – Merkle proofs, Merkle Roots and his…

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Exchanges are often criticized as a central point of failure of the cryptocurrency space. This isn’t without justification as, in recent years, we have seen a number of exchanges get hacked, robbed, or embezzled by their founders, which is far from insignificant. One proposed alternative are decentralized exchanges that would allow people make peer-to-peer trades…

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In an interview with McKinsey’s Rik Kirkland, Tapscott explains how blockchains— an open-source distributed database using state-of-the-art cryptography— may facilitate collaboration and tracking of all kinds of transactions and interactions. Tapscott, coauthor of the new book Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World, also believes the technology could…

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Few things arouse excitement among free market believers and enthusiasts of decentralization as prediction markets do. By allowing people to bet on any range of outcomes they promise more efficient markets and better information. Few people have worked with as much dedication on making the promise of prediction markets a reality as Martin Köppelmann. After…

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