I haven’t had the mental capacity this week to think of my own topic for a blog post. So here’s a short list of interesting things and articles I found in the past few days.
Over the past ~1.5 years I’ve been blogging on and off about Bitcoin and other related topics. One of the most most popular pieces of content on my blog have been the post about fungibility, dating back to the spring of 2017. A lot has happened since then in the Wild West of crypto. So here’s a brief run-down.
Criticising Bitcoin’s energy consumption is easy, because it’s obvious. It’s the easy way out of a complicated topic that has much wider implications than initially obvious. This blog post is a long-form reply to a recent Twitter thread.
My birthday is coming up soon, and I was asked; what do you wish for your birthday? This is a hard question, because generally I don’t want many physical things in life. But after a lot of thinking, I realised that I recently have enjoyed reading a book before falling asleep. For some reason, I have never enjoyed reading fictional books. The few books that I have enjoyed reading have been history books, autobiographies or technical books.
I’m very positive about the future of Bitcoin and digital assets and the good that it can bring to this world. But it’s not gonna be a straight line to mass-adoption. It’ll take a while for the good in people to cut through greed, inequality and evil powers. Continue reading “It’s gonna get worse, before it gets better”
Zero-knowledge proof cryptography is something that I have lots of interest in. It’s a type of cryptography that allow a prover to prove to a verifier that a certain statement is true, without revealing anything else apart from that statement. ZK-SNARKS, a variant of zero-knowledge proofs, is being built into Ethereum (it already exists in zCash). In this blog post I’ll refer to a very simple story that explain how zero-knowledge proofs work. Continue reading “Two balls and the colour-blind friend”
The most basic economic concepts like what is money can sometimes be difficult to get right. A few weeks back I wrote about how Bitcoin is not money. In this post I’m going to continue with a few random thoughts about money, financial liquidity and explore what true money could look like on the blockchain. Continue reading “Money on blockchains”
Fungible currency is, or must be, a cornerstone of a democratic and free society. In this blog I will explore what a fungible currency is and why Bitcoin and Ether currently are lacking in this respect. Continue reading “Fungibility – why Bitcoin or Ether aren’t the most democratic currencies yet”
With the recent news concerning the arrest of Marcus Hutchins — the security researchers who stopped the biggest-ever ransomware attack — I’ve been thinking (more than usual) about the ethics of software development. But before we go into that, who’s Marcus Hutchins and what did he really do? Continue reading “Should developers be responsible for potentially harmful software?”
I’ve been writing about blockchain technology and Ethereum for a while on my blog. But as these technologies are becoming wider spread I’ve found it challenging to explain these concepts to people not familiar with them. There’s a few layers of technology that are important to understand. Continue reading “Simple yet comprehensive explanation of blockchains”