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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From BitShares to his central role during the inception of Ethereum Charles Hoskinson has continually influenced key projects in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. After departing the Ethereum project in 2014, he has recently stepped back into the limelight by pledging support and resources to turn the fledgling Ethereum fork ETC into a viable project….

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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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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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Security researcher and RSK co-founder Sergio Lerner joined us to discuss RSK (also Rootstock), the project to launch a turing-complete smart contract sidechain to Bitcoin. Epicenter Bitcoin talks to Sergio about how he got into the industry, spending countless days analyzing Bitcoin for vulnerabilities and finding a few along the way. And, of course, RSK,…

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In this episode we welcome back Stephan Tual, the COO of Slock.It, a German startup working at the intersection of the Internet of Things and the Ethereum blockchain. Slock.It’s small team also wrote the smart contracts that power ‘The DAO’, a decentralized capital management entity that recently raised north of $160 million for investing into…

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One of the fundamental problems in payment networks is that they are mostly uninteroperable. This problem exists at all levels, from consumer payment solutions like PayPal, to national and multi-national banks. This complexity is brought on by the proprietary nature of payment networks, and moving value from one to another requires a negotiation between parties…

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Co-founder of SlockIt, Christoph Jenztsch, tells us how his Ethereum-based project is testing software that will lock and unlock property using cryptocurrency and smart contracts. He also gives an excellent explanation of how Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) work. This video is brought to us by Amanda B. Johnson and TheDailyDecrypt, a Monday to Friday newscast…

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Developer Andrew Stone shares how Bitcoin Unlimited’s (BU) newest development, “thin blocks,” can assist our brothers and sisters mining cryptocurrency in China. And the BU team makes surprise announcement that they’ll be placing a thin block-relaying node in Beijing. This video is brought to us by Amanda B. Johnson and TheDailyDecrypt, a Monday to Friday…

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Dominic Williams delivers a presentation on an “Introduction to Consensus” on the Devcon1 the 2015 developer conference for the Ethereum project. Devcon1 developer conference for the Ethereum Project was held at Gibson Hall in London, UK November 9th-13th. The conference was centered around further development of the Ethereum protocol including scalability, proof of stake, networking…

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