The Blockchain Debate Podcast

The Blockchain Debate Podcast

It seems that the future of blockchain industry can go down very different paths, and each path has its group of hard core believers. They can’t all be right. Perhaps by hearing the experts debate, the rest of us can compare their reasoning and see the future a bit more clearly. Whether you’re a builder or investor, whether you consider yourself blockchain-savvy or blockchain-curious, if you want to hear all arguments before predicting the future of blockchain, this podcast is for you. Follow our twitter at @blockdebate. Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09). See you soon! Consensus optional, proof of thought required.... Show More

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June 29, 2020 91 min

Guests:

Mike Kelly (@mikekelly85)
Hasu (@hasufl)

Host:

Richard Yan (@gentso09)

Today’s motion is “Nation-state attack on the bitcoin network is an unresolved ticking time bomb.”

In this thorough and fascinating debate, we covered these topics:

  • The motivations of nationstate attacks
  • The mechanisms of nationstate attacks
  • The aftermath of nationstate attacks
  • The preventive mechanism of nationstate attacks
  • The idea for this debate was...

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    Guests:

    Jonathan "JP" Padilla (@JPadillaCA)
    Nick White (@nickwh8te)

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)

    Today’s motion is “I largely approve the US government’s fiscal and monetary response to the ongoing economic crisis.” 

    We recently had another debate on a similar topic, between Qiao Wang and Jimmy Song. 

    While Qiao argued for the pro-establishment view, he still saw lots of issues with the government’s intervention in th...

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    Guests:

    Qiao Wang (@qwqiao)
    Jimmy Song (@jimmysong)

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)

    We all know the dominant crypto-native perspective on corporate/Wall Street bailouts — as generally anti-intervention, both fiscally and monetarily. But it’s important to hear the other side, if only to kick the tires of your own beliefs. After all, many smart people embrace a statist, big government view, in how to run an economy.

    In this debat...

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    Guests:

    Uri Klarman (@uriklarman)
    Mrinal Manohar (casperlabs.io)

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)


    The guests we have today have close ties to Ethereum. One is actively working on a solution to scale the 1.0 version. The other was an early investor in Ethereum.

    In this episode, I learned about:

  • An interesting layer-0 approach to improve the performance of Ethereum 1.0 as well as any layer-1 protocol;
  • Disadvantages in layer-2 solutions ...
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    Guests:

    John Wolpert (@jwolpert)
    Richard Brown (@gendal)

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)

    Today’s session is about enterprise blockchain and features a co-founder of Baseline protocol and CTO of R3. The former is building an enterprise solution on a public blockchain, whereas the latter is doing so on a private blockchain. So you will learn about the two approaches as the two guests compare notes on their respective products. A...

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    Guests:

    Illia Polosukhin (@ilblackdragon) - debating FOR the motion
    Zaki Manian (@zmanian) - debating AGAINST the motion

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)

    In a world where decentralized applications proliferate, will these applications be built on top of a few or many public blockchains? Exploration of this topic would help us understand the merits of the coexistence of many protocols. On the extreme, each dapp can have its own ...

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    Guests:

    Kevin Sekniqi (@kevinsekniqi) - debating FOR the motion
    Tarun Chitra (@tarunchitra) - debating AGAINST the motion

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)

    Today’s motion is “POS will overtake POW.” 

    This is an important topic for a few reasons. First, from an investor’s perspective, this is another angle of evaluating BTC vs its challengers, which by and large are POS, or moving to POS. Second, this provides guidance to architec...

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    Guests:

    Matthew Graham (@mattysino) - debating FOR the motion
    Avichal Garg (@avichal) - debating AGAINST the motion

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)

    Today’s motion is “China will lead the world in blockchain innovation.” 

    With a huge market, vast amount of capital, loose regulations (in a de facto sense anyway), deep bench of talent and prowess for imitation, China is a powerful incubator of tech and product, both in blockchain ...

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    Guests:

    Jason Williams (@JWilliamsFstmed) - debating FOR the motion
    Christian Keroles (@ck_SNARKs) - debating AGAINST the motion

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)

    Today’s motion is “Bitcoin halvening is priced in.” Halvening, or halving, refers to the regularly scheduled reduction in the supply of new bitcoins to reward miners. This happens roughly every four years, and the supply is reduced by 50% each time. Halvening is built ...

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    Guests:

    Udi Wertheimer (@UdiWertheimer) - debating FOR the motion
    Haseeb Qureshi (@Hosseeb) - debating AGAINST the motion

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)


    Today’s motion concerns DeFi, or decentralized finance. The vision of decentralized finance is financial markets such as borrowing/lending and trading without intermediaries. The hope is this will improve efficiency, transparency and cost-effectiveness. MakerDAO, Compound, Un...

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    Guests:

    Emin Gün Sirer (@el33th4xor) - debating FOR the motion
    Edmund Schuster (@Edmund_Schuster) - debating AGAINST the motion

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)


    Today’s motion concerns tokenization and smart contracts. Smart contracts' value proposition is to facilitate programmable transactions of tokens, in a manner that is decentralized, transparent, and cost-effective. A big part of the value, although not all of the va...

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    Motion: Bitcoin will Attain Global Store of Value Status in 2040.

    Guests:

    Jimmy Song (@jimmysong) - debating FOR the motion
    David Gerard (@davidgerard) - debating AGAINST the motion

    Host:

    Richard Yan (@gentso09)


    This debate touches upon one of the most fundamental value proposition of cryptos. If any crypto can attain the status of digital gold, the coin with the longest history, highest market cap and widest recognition seem...

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    December 16, 2019 2 min

    Each episode invites two industry experts to debate a blockchain related motion.

    The debate winner will be determined based on changes in pre-debate and post-debate motion poll results.

    For example, if according to Twitter polling, 30% agreed with motion A before the release of the debate, and 35% agree afterwards, then the "for" debater effected a net +5% conversion, and therefore won.

    Episode #1 is expected to drop in a...

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