In this episode of the blockchain dialogues podcast, we talk about an industry that is seen by many to be in natural synergy with a strong use case for Blockchains. A space where Blockchain based assets can solve a real problem for buyers and sellers in a market that largely remains centralized – the $138 billion industry of gaming. From being able to issue game based assets as tokens on a blockchain, utilizing decentralized exchanges for buying and selling game based assets, to producing new monetization models for game developers – blockchain technology is seen as an enabler in many different ways. We look at Gaming as an industry, explore how blockchain technology fits into the various use cases of gaming and look at some of the prominent blockchain gaming projects that are in the works today.
In this episode of the Blockchain Dialogues podcast, we talk about a group of cryptocurrencies that have been a topic of interest in the crypto space both from the perspective of technology as well as business – Stablecoins. They are something which are seen to be indispensable for connecting cryptocurrencies to real world assets. Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies primarily designed to remain stable in price, by pegging to a stable asset such as the US Dollar and depending on the method of collateralization, stablecoins can be of many types. We look at the various kinds of Stablecoins, how they work and what role they can play in the cryptocurrency space.
In this episode we talk about a first of its kind pure PoS protocol that claims to deliver decentralization, scalability and security – Algorand. Algorand is a blockchain based system that utilizes the Byzantine Agreement message passing protocol to reach consensus among network participants. It has a protocol still under development and is looking to become a blockchain based payments platform. We look at what Algorand is, what makes it different from other blockchain systems, its advantages, disadvantages and future prospects.
In this episode of the Blockchain Dialogues podcast, we discuss an interesting new protocol called the Mimblewimble Protocol. Mimblewimble looks to solve some of the shortcomings of Bitcoin by improving upon two key aspects of bitcoin that being – scalability and privacy. It uses an innovative new technology to cut through transactions making the blockchain much smaller thereby helping with scalability. And it also implements what is known as Confidential transactions, helping with greater anonymity and privacy. In this episode, we discuss why Mimblewimble became a topic of interest in the bitcoin community, what makes it different from other technologies, how it works and its pros and cons.
In this episode of the Blockchain Dialogues podcast, we look at an important aspect of public blockchains i.e. Governance. Blockchain governance in simple terms can be described as a collection of rules, regulations, policies, incentives and penalties, that, a distributed network of people, can adopt in order to ensure; that the goals of the network are being met, the network is following certain commonly agreed upon mechanisms to improve itself, and to ensure that the network is not being compromised at any point of time. In this episode we look at the importance of on-chain governance, off-chain governance, specifically how a network like Ethereum handles both, what are Ethereum Request for Comments or (ERCs), what are Ethereum Improvement Proposals etc.
A blockchain oracle can be defined as a program or a software that can identify information from outside a blockchain and translate it in a way so that it can be used within the blockchain, through the usage of smart contracts. What makes oracles important in the blockchain ecosystem is that Oracles make existing real world information such as supply chain management data, stock market information, information from pressure or temperature sensors within a manufacturing environment or any other data for that matter, directly usable within a blockchain. In this episode, we look at how oracles work, the different kinds of oracles that can conceptually exist and the various projects and companies that are working towards realising oracles.
Here we talk about blockchains. We explore various types of blockchains, provide our opinions on various new features and interesting innovations and explore the possibilities of this space.
In addition to deep technical discussions we also talk about the adjacencies of blockchains with other disciplines like networking, economics, game theory, etc.