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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! E440 Bitcoin, Decentralization and the Twitpocolypse

    LTB! E440 Bitcoin, Decentralization and the Twitpocolypse

    In the aftermath of a major Twitter compromise that impacted a broad swathe of the largest, most influential accounts, join Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy and Adam B. Levine for a dive into the crazy series of events, what impact it has on bitcoin, decentralization and more.

    This episode is sponsored by eToro.com and The Internet of Money Volume 3.

    Subscribe to Let's Talk Bitcoin! at www.LTBSHOW.com to make sure you never miss an episode.

    Email adam@ltbshow.com with questions or comments

    Photo by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash

    • 48 min
    Let's Talk Bitcoin! Update July 2020

    Let's Talk Bitcoin! Update July 2020

    We've been recording new episodes, but you haven't seen them yet.  In this special update, Let's Talk Bitcoin! creator Adam B. Levine reveals what's up and when to expect new episodes.

    • 1 min
    LTB #439 Bitcoin Only Matters Because Money Is Rigged

    LTB #439 Bitcoin Only Matters Because Money Is Rigged

    On today’s show we’re going back to basics. While bitcoin and digital bearer assets in general are an incredibly important technology, the reason they’re likely to be important to the future has little to do with the token and everything to do with the context surrounding them: The world we live in every day, where government-controlled money is abused for the benefit of the few and to the detriment of the many.

    Topics:


    For whom is the economy still working, and who is not being served?
    What’s wrong with money that makes alternatives attractive?
    Why and how is Bitcoin disconnected from the current system?
    What’s the value in the U.S .and western Europe compared to the value in less developed parts of the world?
    What role does speculation play in the story of bitcoin?
    Bitcoin’s been around now for more than 20 years. Are we on track to make a difference? What’s the normal adoption curve for disruptive or revolutionary technologies?
    What IS a disruptive or revolutionary technology? Who or what is bitcoin potentially disrupting?
    Does being part of the bitcoin community make you politically affiliated, or represent a distinct political viewpoint?

    • 44 min
    LTB #438 Bootstrapping Mobile Mesh Networks with Bitcoin Lightning

    LTB #438 Bootstrapping Mobile Mesh Networks with Bitcoin Lightning

    On today’s episode of Let’s Talk Bitcoin! you’re invited to join Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murpy and special guest Richard Myers for an in-depth look at the past, present and future of ‘Mobile Mesh Networking’ technology and the open source LOT49 protocol built on top of lightning.

    Just as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin don’t rely on static infrastructure and professional providers, mobile mesh networking allows the creation of inexpensive, high range, low bandwidth and power consumption ad-hoc networks that’ll let your phone send text messages or even bitcoin lightning network micro-transactions, even in areas with no coverage.

    According to Richard, Bitcoin’s Lightning is a what’s needed to make mobile mesh networks catch on by bootstrapping on top of the payment routing infrastructure.

    “…the Lightning network currently sends payments from A to B to C and then all those intermediate nodes can connect a small fee if the payment is delivered at the end. All we’re doing is saying ‘Not only [can you send] a payment, but [you can send] a small message. In our case it’d be a SMS message. So you’re sending an SMS message along with a Lightning payment from A to B to C to D, and when D receives that message they return proof that it was delivered and that’s what flows back through the network. In the Lightning sense, that’s your pre-image. It’s computed from the message, that’s how the nodes are able to collect payment even if they lose touch with the original person who sent it.”

    But the way the Lightning network uses data natively isn’t ideal for mobile mesh. The open source Lot49 protocol is another layer on top of lightning that Richard says is necessary to make it work at scale while using mesh devices as an extremely low-bandwidth TOR-like privacy layer.

    “In many ways we’re not making a new protocol, we’re literally using lightning. Lot49 is custom communication protocol that’s optimized for mesh. For example, right now there’s a 1300 byte onion that’s used to route messages over the internet and that’s very important because you lose a lot of privacy… you lose all your privacy… if you were to just send messages over the internet without onion routing.

    We’re sending over more or less a physical TOR network since it’s going from node to node, not through a central ISP who can associate who you’re trying to pay. We’re also doing it over a low bandwidth network, so if you were sending 1300 bytes it may not sound like much in the age of the internet but we’re talking about devices that [have a maximum data transmission capacity of] about a kilobyte a minute so that’s a significant amount of the bandwidth that you have [tied up just in the web’s onion routing]

    So for example with LOT49, we take out the onion and we use the native routing at the mesh device [level] which is optimized for mesh communications. And there’s a few other little changes we make like that in order to reduce the bandwidth by chunking up messages… the ultimate goal is to minimize the lightning protocol overhead so that there is more bandwidth available for data… For things like sending an SMS and as bandwidth increases there may be things like internet protocol…”

    Credits

    This episode of Let’s Talk Bitcoin features Stephanie Murphy, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Adam B. Levine and Richard Myers. Music provided by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats, with editing by Jonas.

    Photo by Josep Castells on Unsplash

    • 50 min
    Let's talk Bitcoin! #437 Be Your Own Bank and the Luxury of Apathy

    Let's talk Bitcoin! #437 Be Your Own Bank and the Luxury of Apathy

    The episode is sponsored by eToro.com and The Internet of Money Vol. 3

    On today's episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! you're invited to join Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Adam B. Levine, Jonathan Mohan and Stephanie Murpy for an in-depth discussion about the ups and downs, the good and the bad about being your own bank in the modern world of Bitcoin.

    The powerful idea and meme at the core of Bitcoin self-sovereignty is incredibly empowering but has an unspoken element that requires persistent competence and at least for some makes it more trouble than it's worth.

    As the world reels from the response to COVID-19 and disorder seems the trend on the rise, we discuss how although Bitcoin makes it possible for anyone to be their own bank, who actually wants the constant vigilance and anxiety that goes along with it? And what happens when things go wrong and there's no-one to blame but ourselves?

    "...There is tremendous luxury in having institutions that at least appear to be stable over some period of time where you don't need to worry about the details of how they work and what happens under failure conditions. That luxury is pretty concentrated in just a few places in the world and at some point you can't afford that luxury of apathy. - Andreas M. Antonopoulos, LTB! #437

    Credits

    This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin features Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Adam B. Levine. Music provided by Jared Rubens, FromEther and Adam B. Levine, with editing by Jonas.

    Photo by Pathdoc on Shutterstock

    • 49 min
    LTB #436 'We Need 30 Different Words for Different Kinds of Censorship'

    LTB #436 'We Need 30 Different Words for Different Kinds of Censorship'

    The rallying cry of the totalitarian is "He farted first", but if both systems have produced similar outcomes, is there much of a difference? Inspired by a recent article in the Atlantic, in today's wide-ranging discussion the hosts of Let's Talk Bitcoin! dig deeply into the questions of censorship, propaganda and how things are both better and worse than in years past.

    The episode is sponsored by eToro.com and The Internet of Money Vol. 3

    Shownotes:


    Who are they censoring from and how do we unpack this manipulation?
    The rallying cry of the totalitarian is always “He farted first”
    Who gets to decide what is censored?
    The squeaky wheel of child pornography gets the attention, the much more insidious problem of silencing certain voices, or giving preference to other voices.
    Propaganda goes hand-in-hand with censorship
    Propaganda is harder to detect ‘reverse censorship’
    Private platform curation have the right to moderate which can be interpreted as censorship.
    You have to choose if you’re a publisher or a platform
    What if AT&T listened to your phone calls, sold ads against them and disconnected you whenever you say something that would trouble sponsors?
    Common carriers vs. publishers
    FOSTA, SESTA and turning platforms into publishers
    Crony capitalism will always co-opt government
    The only way to win is not to play
    The only way to not be coopted as a protocol is to have it not be owned by anyone.
    It may be impossible to be a platform if you’re not a protocol
    Information overload and compartmentalization
    Are the solutions that are being proposed the solution that we need to solve this problem?
    What kind of side effects does the solution have?
    It’s one thing to say “there are idiots out there who have not developed critical thinking and are easily swayed and we need to fix this” and a whole other thing to say “And that’s why only the landed gentry should vote”
    Do tech companies think they’re helping?
    Benevolent fascism is still fascism
    The public school system was never meant for the average person to be able to form their own opinion, “it is for factory men not philosophers”
    Manufacturing consent with the power to control, censor, frame, set up the base assumptions of belief and then seek to nail them down.
    A dictatorship of the mind is far more effective than a dictatorship of violence.
    If Let’s Talk Bitcoin! Were on Youtube, we wouldn’t be able to say the word Covid-19. Avoiding totalitarian controls means missing opportunities presented by big would-be platforms.
    Government surveillance vs. private surveillance provided to the government
    What we learned from Edward Snowden
    Does China commercialize surveillance?
    And a lot more (Only room for 4,000 Characters on Anchor.fm, see https://www.coindesk.com/we-need-30-different-words-for-censorship-feat-andreas-m-antonopoulos for full shownotes)

    Credits

    This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin features Stephanie Murphy, Jonathan Mohan, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Adam B. Levine. Music provided by Jared Rubens and Gurty Beats, with editing by Jonas.

    Photo by Sebastiaan Stam on Unsplash

    • 36 min

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