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Featuring analysis and discourse by hosts Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Dr. Stephanie Murphy, Adam B. Levine, and Jonathan Mohan, episodes feature friendly, in-depth discussions and even-handed interviews.

Let’s Talk Bitcoin!' is the longest-running English language talk show on the ideas, people and projects surrounding the Bitcoin movement and Cryptocurrency phenomenon.

Let's Talk Bitcoin! Adam B. Levine

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    • 4.9, 11 Ratings

Featuring analysis and discourse by hosts Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Dr. Stephanie Murphy, Adam B. Levine, and Jonathan Mohan, episodes feature friendly, in-depth discussions and even-handed interviews.

Let’s Talk Bitcoin!' is the longest-running English language talk show on the ideas, people and projects surrounding the Bitcoin movement and Cryptocurrency phenomenon.

    LTB! #345: Bitcoin Miners, US Energy Producers and Moores Law

    LTB! #345: Bitcoin Miners, US Energy Producers and Moores Law

    Although some believe bitcoin mining is a wasteful activity, on today's show we dig into the relative world of constant fuel production, lumpy demand and bitcoin based load balancing.

    After years of bitcoin mining domination by china-based miners, some US power producers, both professional and incidental, are beginning to get into the game as a way to be more green. It's a narrative reversal if ever we've seen one and if proven successful by the early players could change the bitcoin mining landscape as we know it.

    But even without a "Green Bitcoin" narrative in the US, one of China's two major mining advantages has evaporated as Moores Law stretches out the useful lifespan of modern bitcoin miners hardware.

    Correction: Before installing miners, Greenidge Generation previously shut down during off-peak season, during the episode Adam incorrectly stated that it previously shut down during off-peak hours.

    Today's episode features Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine

    This episode features music by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats. Today's show is edited by Jonas, and sponsored by eToro.com

    Photo by Thomas Kelley on Unsplash

    • 30 min
    LTB #434: Lightning Network Messaging, Political Expediency and What Crisis Has Revealed

    LTB #434: Lightning Network Messaging, Political Expediency and What Crisis Has Revealed

    In a time of increasing censorship aimed towards protecting us, is truly private messaging possible? Why are we using "data driven" approaches when we know the data is wrong? Juggernaut's John Cantrell and HRF's Alex Gladstein help us see what the crisis has revealed.
    On today's show we've got a pair of interviews for you. First we speak with John Cantrell, the author of Juggernaut, a new messaging layer 3 application being built on top of layer 2 lightning network, which is itself built on top of layer one bitcoin. It's a lot of layers, but as a technological concept currently in beta it's a fascinating project, and we talk about it. (Juggernaut on Github)

    After the break we're joined again by Alex Gladstein of HRF.org for a discussion on political expediency in the age of pandemic and what crisis has revealed about various governments, and different types of governments around the world. Alex is one of my favorite returning guests, with his global human rights focused work taking him to some of the most interesting and most oppressed places around the world

    "What's interesting is that citizen journalists I know in Taiwan have pressed the government on this and they've gone to parliament and it's all on record, and they've said 'Have these (...) digital contact tracing or cell phone surveillance things been useful?' And the governments said "Only in one case.... Only in one case was this sort of mass surveillance approach been useful', so they've actually been honest with the people... But at the end of the day it does teach us that even the most progressive governments are going to be lured by the sirens call of using surveillance to tackle problems." - Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer HRF.org

    This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin is sponsored by eToro.com and features content from John Cantrell, Alex Gladstein and Adam B. Levine. Todays show features music by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats with editing by Jonas. Album Art original photo by Goh Rhy Yan on Unsplash

    • 49 min
    Let's Talk Bitcoin! #433 Coronavirus Second Order Effects and Improving on Bitcoin With BitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen

    Let's Talk Bitcoin! #433 Coronavirus Second Order Effects and Improving on Bitcoin With BitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen

    In Today's discussion we'll briefly talk about some of the knock-on, or second order affects which the coronavirus disruption is having on our world today, and which may continue into the future. Then for the meat of the show we'll dig into specific areas where bitcoin could, or perhaps is being improved with the creator of one of the most impactful peer to peer technologies in the world today.



    This episode was sponsored by eToro.com, with music by Jared Rubens, Gurty Beats and Adam B. Levine.  Today's show featured Bram Cohen, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine with editing by Jonas.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Let's Talk Bitcoin! #432 How MakerDAO’s Stablecoin Survived the Crash, Smart Contract Bugs and Full Decentralization

    Let's Talk Bitcoin! #432 How MakerDAO’s Stablecoin Survived the Crash, Smart Contract Bugs and Full Decentralization

    In the aftermath of the so-called "Black Thursday" crash from several weeks ago, MakerDAO's "DAI" ethereum backed dollar pegged stablecoin came untethered and was, for a time at least, functionally insolvent. In the aftermath, holders of the MKR token which allows holders to participate in governance decisions opted to do a couple of things, including adding the centralized stablecoin USDC to the list of acceptable collateral, which drew both condemnations mostly around centralized risk being added to the system and praise for making the system more robust against sudden ETH collateral price crashes.

    And now most recently, the Maker Foundation which had held some centralized control over the protocol completed their long-planned exit with all authorities now transferred to the holders of MKR tokens, removing both a point of control which had been used as a safety check and a point of risk in that centralized control can be co-opted and used to disrupt a system as we've seen in other examples.

    On today's show we're digging into:

    What is Decentralized Finance (DeFi)?

    How does decentralized finance differ from traditional banking?

    Fractional reserve vs over-collateralized loans 

    Liberty Dollars’s missing collateral and USDC’s risky name

    MakerDAO, DAI dollar-pegged stablecoins and how this DeFi stablecoin actually works

    SDAI (Single Collateral DAI) vs. DAI (Multi Collateral DAI)

    Smart contract ‘vaults’

    Lending money to yourself: 150%, 300%, insurance and auctions

    What happened on ‘Black Thursday’ as the price of Ether dropped more than 50%

    What happened when transaction fees went through the roof

    A bug in the collateral auction smart contract

    A surprising crash: as the system became functionally insolvent the price of the dollar pegged stablecoin actually went up.

    Oasis.app vaults are transparent and pretty interesting, take a look!

    Loaning yourself money using your ether (at interest)

    How MakerDAO’s approach differs from SALT Lending

    The other half of the DAI system: saving vault smart contracts

    DAI Saving Rate (DSR) and the new certificate of deposit

    The reward for using MKR tokens to administer a good system

    Can savings vaults be liquidated?

    Smart contract risks, consensus risks, systemic risks and response time risks

    Sponsors: eToro.com and Purse.io

    What specifically went wrong with the auction smart contracts?

    Recapitalizing the system by diluting MKR governance stakeholders

    Even with bugs, market mechanisms to fill the solvency hole seemed to work better than government bailout equivalents.

    Completing the transition from foundation-overseen to full tokenized governance.

    Decentralization transition - A necessary step or a natural one?

    Single collateral vs. Multi-collateral stablecoins

    Why would a decentralized stablecoin want to allow a centralized stablecoin for collateral?

    External political risks vs. internal technological risks

    “Life finds a way” and DeFi’s natural circuit breakers (also Mt.GOX)

    Whats the point of putting USDC in to get DAI out?

    How does DeFi stablecoin insurance work?

    A modular ecosystem 

    How DeFi and traditional finance are similar

    DeFi vs. 2nd layer protocols

    Credits

    Hosts: Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Jonathan Mohan & Stephanie Murphy

    Sponsors: eToro.com and Purse.io

    Music: Jared Rubens and GurtyBeats

    Editing: Jonas

    • 48 min
    LTB #431 Bailouts, Bitcoin, Disruption, Failures and Hope

    LTB #431 Bailouts, Bitcoin, Disruption, Failures and Hope

    From Boeing to bitcoin in this week's discussion we're talking about our disrupted reality, the politically expedient path forward, why it almost certainly won't work, the alternatives to it, what this means for bitcoin and what you can do to help.

    This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin is sponsored by eToro.com. If you're a skilled audio editor with deep crypto knowledge consider applying for CoinDesk's Deputy Podcasts Editor role

    This week on Let's Talk Bitcoin we're discussing the coming bailout-everything regime in a topic that's both extremely timely but is also what originally forced many long-term bitcoin enthusiasts to learn about money and become interested in cryptocurrency in the first place.

    As much of the world on an almost uniform and bipartisan basis shuts down to slow the spread of COVID19 and prepares to bail out first financial markets and now basically everything that can't work on a fully remote basis, we're talking about crisis, bailouts, the limits of monetary policy and the real possibility that it's not a straw that breaks the back of our money but rather the whole world suddenly jumping on.

    On today's show we'll discuss:


    The growing bipartisan and global shutdown then bailout everything movement
    The alternative to the bailout path we're on
    The inability of even extraordinary monetary policy to resolve these issues and the markets growing cognitive dissonance
    The revival of the "system is breaking and when it does we'll need something new that doesn't share the same problems of being vulnerable to politically expedient over-reactions" narrative that, frankly, drove my initial interest in bitcoin in the first place.
    Some of the #CoronaEfforts we've heard about so far and how you can help
    And much more in this wide-ranging discussion...

    Today's episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! featured Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan and Adam B. Levine.

    This episode was sponsored by eToro.com and featured music by Jared Rubens and Adam B. Levine, with editing by Jonas.

    Photo by Tim Foster on Unsplash

    • 1 hr 5 min
    LTB #430 ‘Anything That Can Be Decentralized Will Be Decentralized’ 6 Years Later

    LTB #430 ‘Anything That Can Be Decentralized Will Be Decentralized’ 6 Years Later

    On today's podcast we're joined by early investor and entrepreneur David Johnston to discuss:


    A new "consensus based" alternative to "reserve based", "game theory based", or trusted oracle based Stablecoins
    The growing relevance of DeFi even for those who aren't using it
    Johnston's Law six years later, how far we've come and real reasons for optimism on the decentralized evolution of everything.

    Further listening: The original panel where Johnston's Law was introduced in 2014

    Credits for LTB#430 - Anything that can be decentralized will be decentralized 6 years later

    This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by Purse.io and eToro.com.

    This episode featured Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, David Johnston and Adam B. Levine

    Today's episode was produced by Adam B. Levine, edited by Jonas with music provided by Jared Rubens and Adam B. Levine

    Would you like to Sponsor a future episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show? Do you have any questions or comments? Email adam@ltbshow.com

    • 34 min

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