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Interviewing Bram Cohen of Chia Network and BitTorrent | Crypto Hot Seat w/ Dylan Love

The Token Metrics Podcast

Bram Cohen is an American computer programmer, best known as the author of the peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol, now working on Chia Network.Sign up for Token Metrics at https://tokenmetrics.comToken Metrics Media LLC is a regular publication of information, analysis and commentary focused especially on blockchain technology and business, cryptocurrency, blockchain-based tokens, market trends, and trading strategies.Like the podcast to let us know you like the content!📌 Podcast: https://tokenmetrics.com/podcast📌 Blog: https://blog.tokenmetrics.com/📌 Forum: https://forum.tokenmetrics.com/Follow us on social media below:📌 Telegram Alerts Channel: https://t.me/TokenMetrics📌 Telegram Discussion Group: https://t.me/TokenMetricsDiscussion📌 Twitter: https://twitter.com/tokenmetricsinc📌 Instagram: https://instagram.com/tokenmetrics📌 Facebook: https://facebook.com/tokenmetricsToken Metrics Media LLC does not provide individually tailored investment advice and does not take a subscriber’s or anyone’s personal circumstances into consideration when discussing investments; nor is Token Metrics Media LLC, registered as an investment adviser or broker-dealer in any jurisdiction.Information contained herein is not an offer or solicitation to buy, hold, or sell any security.The Token Metrics Media LLC team has advised and invested in many blockchain companies. A complete list of their advisory roles and current holdings can be viewed here: tokenmetrics.com/disclosures.

28mins

15 Oct 2021

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Bram Cohen Talking Chia Network (XCH) | Storage Drives to Go Up in Price? Crypto Hot Seat from TMTV

The Token Metrics Podcast

For the full interview, visit tv.tokenmetrics.com.Bram Cohen talking Chia Network (XCH).Storage drives to go up in price?Crypto Hot Seat from Token Metrics TV [tv.tokenmetrics.com].Sign up for Token Metrics at https://tokenmetrics.comToken Metrics Media LLC is a regular publication of information, analysis and commentary focused especially on blockchain technology and business, cryptocurrency, blockchain-based tokens, market trends, and trading strategies.Like the podcast to let us know you like the content!📌 Podcast: https://tokenmetrics.com/podcast📌 Blog: https://blog.tokenmetrics.com/📌 Forum: https://forum.tokenmetrics.com/Follow us on social media below:📌 Telegram Alerts Channel: https://t.me/TokenMetrics📌 Telegram Discussion Group: https://t.me/TokenMetricsDiscussion📌 Twitter: https://twitter.com/tokenmetricsinc📌 Instagram: https://instagram.com/tokenmetrics📌 Facebook: https://facebook.com/tokenmetricsToken Metrics Media LLC does not provide individually tailored investment advice and does not take a subscriber’s or anyone’s personal circumstances into consideration when discussing investments; nor is Token Metrics Media LLC, registered as an investment adviser or broker-dealer in any jurisdiction.Information contained herein is not an offer or solicitation to buy, hold, or sell any security.The Token Metrics Media LLC team has advised and invested in many blockchain companies. A complete list of their advisory roles and current holdings can be viewed here: tokenmetrics.com/disclosures.

2mins

15 Jun 2021

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722 - How can CHIA solves Cryptocurrency's problem?! with Bram Cohen

The James Altucher Show

Bram Cohen, the founder of BitTorrent and Chia Network, in 2004, realized the internet speed and bandwidth was slow, and even maybe a fraction of what we have today, so he came up with a peer-to-peer protocol called BitTorrent. If you're old enough, you might have used it to download movies, music, and even games at some point. Fast track 2017, he found a new interest in cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, and Etherum, and saw that there's a problem with it. So he founded his own "Green" cryptocurrency in the hope of solving the issues that Bitcoin, Etherum, and other coins have! If you have questions about Chia, and what is Chia, how can Chia solve the problem, and what problems exactly are we looking at? Don't worry, I do too, I ask all the questions that I am curious about and more! Check it out, listen, and to the moon! My new book Skip The Line is out! Make sure you get a copy wherever you get your new book! Join You Should Run For President 2.0 Facebook Group, and we discuss why should run for president. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook

1hr 31mins

8 Jun 2021

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HARD PROBLEMS: Inside Bram Cohen's Proof-of-Work Reinvention

CoinDesk Podcast Network

Bitcoin's 'Nakamoto Consensus' changed the world. For the first time ever, strangers on the internet were empowered by a system that allowed them to individually and jointly track who owned which internet-native items... First money, then early stage (and often illegal) investments, followed by digital cats, multi-million dollar art, viral memes and soon enough, well, everything.This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.If there's one complaint (whether right or wrong) about Satoshi's breakthrough, it's the energy cost it comes at.Whether you're talking about Bitcoin or the myriad other proof of work systems, 'Nakamoto Consensus' is a "competitive money burning process." Each time transactions are added to the permanent history it's a race to see who can prove their commitment to the network by finding the winning raffle ticket the fastest. Everyone races but only one wins and when each block is found, the process starts over. It's not a perfect system, but it works and it's the best one we've found... So far.In this premiere episode of "Hard Problems", join BitTorrent inventor and Chia CEO Bram Cohen, CoinDesk's Adam B. Levine, community members JMHands and Michel Erb for a lively discussion of Bram's newly launched reinvention of distributed, proof of work consensus known as Proofs of Space and Time.In it, we discussThe challenges Bram believes his new system resolvesHow 'Proofs of Space and Time' works compared to traditional 'Nakamoto Consensus'The differences between Bitcoin mining and Chia farmingWhy improving proof-of-work is the better choice than proof-of-stake or other consensus systemsPlus many questions from the live Clubhouse audience, with a special line of questioning from Tuur DemeesterIf you'd like to join the live audience for our next Clubhouse recording where Jeffrey "Sneak" Paul joins Bram to dig into the hard and growing problems behind Ransomware, follow 'bramcohen' and 'adamblevine' on Clubhouse.-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 5.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 75+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, supporting investors, traders and leading financial institutions since 2011. With a proven track record and dedication to personal customer service with a human touch, Bitstamp’s fast, secure and reliable crypto investing platform is trusted by over four million people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.bitstamp.net.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

55mins

16 May 2021

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Inside Bram Cohen's Proof-of-Work Reinvention

Hard Problems with Bram Cohen

Bitcoin's 'Nakamoto Consensus' changed the world. For the first time ever, strangers on the internet were empowered by a system that allowed them to individually and jointly track who owned which internet-native items... First money, then early stage (and often illegal) investments, followed by digital cats, multi-million dollar art, viral memes and soon enough, well, everything.This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Bitstamp.If there's one complaint (whether right or wrong) about Satoshi's breakthrough, it's the energy cost it comes at.Whether you're talking about Bitcoin or the myriad other proof of work systems, 'Nakamoto Consensus' is a "competitive money burning process." Each time transactions are added to the permanent history it's a race to see who can prove their commitment to the network by finding the winning raffle ticket the fastest. Everyone races but only one wins and when each block is found, the process starts over. It's not a perfect system, but it works and it's the best one we've found... So far.In this premiere episode of "Hard Problems", join BitTorrent inventor and Chia CEO Bram Cohen, CoinDesk's Adam B. Levine, community members JMHands and Michel Erb for a lively discussion of Bram's newly launched reinvention of distributed, proof of work consensus known as Proofs of Space and Time.In it, we discussThe challenges Bram believes his new system resolvesHow 'Proofs of Space and Time' works compared to traditional 'Nakamoto Consensus'The differences between Bitcoin mining and Chia farmingWhy improving proof-of-work is the better choice than proof-of-stake or other consensus systemsPlus many questions from the live Clubhouse audience, with a special line of questioning from Tuur DemeesterIf you'd like to join the live audience for our next Clubhouse recording where Jeffrey "Sneak" Paul joins Bram to dig into the hard and growing problems behind Ransomware, follow 'bramcohen' and 'adamblevine' on Clubhouse.-Nexo.io lets you borrow against your crypto at 5.9% APR, earn up to 12% on your idle assets, and exchange instantly between 75+ market pairs with the tap of a button. Get started at nexo.io.-Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, supporting investors, traders and leading financial institutions since 2011. With a proven track record and dedication to personal customer service with a human touch, Bitstamp’s fast, secure and reliable crypto investing platform is trusted by over four million people worldwide. To learn more, visit www.bitstamp.net.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

55mins

16 May 2021

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Chia - A New Cryptocurrency, Built by Bram Cohen, Founder of BitTorrent

Modern Finance

Bram Cohen (@bramcohen) is the inventor of the P2P BitTorrent protocol, co-founder of CodeCon, co-author of Codeville, and Founder/CEO of green cryptocurrency platform Chia.net.SHOW NOTES Want to help review this show? Here's how. [01:08] Bram's original concept for Chia. [02:56] Proof of work vs. proof of space and time in cryptocurrency, and why Bram favors one over the other. [04:15] Understanding the mechanics of how this works in layman's terms. [06:10] Bitcoin mining, ASIC chips, and the cost of electricity. [07:25] How Chia farming is more sustainable and available to the average user than Bitcoin mining, and what it's doing in the process. [08:30] What is the plot file, and what’s in it? [09:57] Bram explains how "Timelords" operate in Chia farming. [10:30] Where do the winning “bingo” numbers come from? [12:45] What’s the smallest amount of hard drive space someone needs to start farming Chia? [13:19] What is the mechanism behind Chia farming? What happens to the data? [14:21] How is a farmer rewarded for their contribution? [15:52] How does the network process and handle transactions? [16:39] How should people think of this coin? What is it used for? [17:59] There won't be any transactions at mainnet launch. Here's why. [19:22] How many transactions per second will the Chia network eventually be able to support? [20:48] How Chia will be able to support smart transactions better than Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. [22:25] What is a colored coin? [23:55] Using Chia for DeFi, here's how Uniswap on Chia could be done. [24:55] How does a rate-limited wallet enhance security? [26:34] Will there be support for pools in Chia? [28:35] On supply of coin, halvings to fixed rewards, and inflation. [30:26] Is there any advantage to farming on SSD vs. standard hard drives? [31:09] Efforts Bram and the Chia team have made in improving plot speeds. [32:06] The rude awakening that prompted me to fix my hard drive plotting. [33:25] What does Bram see Chia looking like three to five years from now? [33:53] Bram’s thoughts on NFTs, and if Chia will support them. [35:01] How do we store large amounts of data on a blockchain (like NFT objects)? More important: should we? [37:15] Bram's thoughts on Filecoin. [39:15] Does Bram know Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto? Is Bram Satoshi Nakamoto? [40:20] Is Bram bullish on Bitcoin? [41:53] Does being green mean a lot to Bram? [42:28] Why farming Chia makes me feel nostalgic. [42:48] Aspiring Chia whales don't even need warehouses or RAID arrays -- they can farm right from their apartments with homemade rigs. [44:00] Parting thoughts about the perils of celebrating on launch day. [46:42]

48mins

17 Mar 2021

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LEIGH: BitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen on 'a System That Doesn't Suck'

CoinDesk Podcast Network

On today’s episode CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen sits down with Bram Cohen, author of the BitTorrent protocol and CEO of Chia. In this wide ranging interview they talk Bram’s early interest in “hard problems”, his unexpected ascent from sketchy to celebrity and much more.Leigh and Bram discuss:The real promise and strengths of cryptocurrencyReally interesting problems in cryptocurrencyGetting started in crypto 20 years ago with MojoNation and glorious failure.The origin of BitTorrentSpeculative investment, the dot com boom and where real wealth comes fromThe Bitcoin Wizards IRC channel and Bram’s arrival in cryptoHow the Bitcoin Wizards stance on ASIC resistance led to Bram’s creation of ‘Proofs of Time’ and ‘Proofs of Space’Getting rich as a side effect of making the world a better placeScaling, sharding and unsophisticated engineeringWhy ‘Proof of Stake’ is a step backwards from ‘Proof of Work’A system that doesn’t suck: how engineers try and fail to improve the finance industryUnregulated banking crisis, shadow banking and hiring the smartest minds to obfuscate leverageWhy trusted third parties are the problemSatoshi’s wonderful, horrible idea and the obviousness of proof of work.What Satoshi did surprisingly wellWhy improving proof of work wouldn’t really improve bitcoin.Coherent goals: more decentralized and less wastefulBoth Proof of Work and Proof of Stake have a scary degree of centralization Ethereum’s terrifying improvements to the on-chain programming environmentNew functionality within Chia that helps cryptocurrency feel less like “carrying around hundred dollar bills”Limiting opportunities for theft with user controlled rate and recipient limitingThinking about ecosystems and adoptionWhat is your favorite use case for cars? Is it Tires? Open source software, politics and adoptionWhat is the role of advocacy in making something useful?Why bitcoin gets a bad reputation for things it doesn’t have strong associations with.Why “governance” is such a touchy topicWhy Chia is funded by Venture Capital rather than token offeringsHow Bitcoin is different from what’s come after it“Our technological capacity exceeds our political will to negotiate the terms of that capacity”Why Bram hates the “Fake it til’ you make it” ethosEngineering sticker shockThe “everyone uses cryptocurrency for everything” narrative vs. the “How do we get anyone using Cryptocurrency for anything good?” realityBetter metrics for success than “Getting rich”Great leaders and bullshit artistsBitcoin’s trajectory and the meritocratic history of technologyColored coins, distributed identity, timestamps and censorship resistant valueMinimal functionality, subtle cleanups and simplified transaction formats in the Chia programming environmentAnd more...See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

45mins

19 Apr 2020

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Can Bitcoin Be Improved? BitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen Reveals Pre-Satoshi Surprises

Untold Stories

Bram Cohen, BitTorrent Creator and Founder of the Chia Network, joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories. Bram and Charlie discuss Bram's work on the 90's cryptocurrency project MojoNation, the contributions of cryptographers in Satoshi's circle including Hal Finney's pre-Bitcoin presentation, Bram's introduction to Bitcoin and his formative years in programming, his creation of BitTorrent, Proof of space and Proof of time, ASIC-resistance, mining, and the scaling debate.---BitPayBitPay gives you the tools to live life on crypto. Whether you want to send crypto to friends, use crypto to buy video games or computer parts, or turn crypto into gift cards for more than 100 mainstream brands, the BitPay app has you covered. You can hold your own private keys in a secure wallet while accessing the best of crypto commerce. Get started at bitpay.com/wallet.---PepoPepo was founded by Jason Goldberg, who has been building user experiences for creators and communities for decades. Jason has worked at AOL, Jobster, Social Median, and more recently he connected designers at Hem and Fab. Visit us at Pepo.com/stories for more information.---If you enjoyed this conversation, share it with your colleagues & friends, rate, review, and subscribe.This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: https://www.blockworksgroup.io

1hr 15mins

9 Apr 2020

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LTB!: BitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen on Coronavirus Second Order Effects and Improving on Bitcoin

CoinDesk Podcast Network

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 live in the world today.Shownotes for LTB! #433Topic 1 - Second Order Impacts of Coronavirus LockdownsSocial distancing and the revenge of the HikikomoriCoronavirus second order effectsIt’s an extroverts world but we’re all introverts this monthThe AOL moment for Zoom meetings and arguing the potatoInterpersonal compression, zoomers and enforced quality timeWill overall deaths go down because of pandemic lockdowns?The end of “Bus Mode” for Lyft and UberAutonomous vehicles, grocery deliveries and the last mile problemTampons, cocktail sausages and a very weird monthThis episode is sponsored by eToroA friendly government delivery service?Opportunities in sterilization and social changes that’ll lastAutomated cleansing cycles and Far-UVCInternet infrastructure, Netflix social signaling and the recycling dilemmaMasks, headphones and the changing standard of social isolationTOPIC 2 - How the creator of BitTorrent thinks he’s created a less wasteful, more distributed, more secure approach to Nakamoto ConsensusDecentralized systems and the critical success of BitTorrentNaming projects, vegetables and a list of grainsProof of Space and TimeWarehouses of computers, competitive money burning and Keynesian stimulusProof of Work works and that’s a huge accomplishment, but could be betterCentralization, Nakamoto consensus and Proof of StakeMoats and losing the battle with ASIC-hard consensus algorithms“Grinding attacks” as the competitive strategyFundamental economics, storage capacity and the loopholeAirdrops for something over-resourced and under-provisionedLosing money on buying “farming” hardwareThe early days of bitcoin mining with CPUsPower and CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and ASICsHard Drives ,hard drives, hard drives and hard drivesStoring data as proof, but not peoples data is like Proof of Work; the work isn’t useful, it’s just a measuring stick that doesn’t need your name or a long term commitmentPrinting lottery tickets with ASICs vs. a hard drive full of bingo cardsProofs of Space need Proofs of TimeLess wasteful by using an underutilized resourceMore distributed because excess hard drive capacity is already distributed and there is no “ASIC” equivalent possible for hard drives. Just better or faster hard drivesMore secure because less wasteful and more distributed equal better security in distributed consensusBreaking, tweaking and proving proofs of time and spaceMiners don’t run data centersUTXOs, message passing on-chain programming environments and walking a fine line between Bitcoin and EthereumRate limiting wallets and reversible paper walletsImproving colored coinsDecentralized exchange doesn’t need decentralized exchangesFarming, pre-farming, farming rewards and trailing emissionsWhy pre-farm?Is it viable to farm with AWS?Carrying hundred dollar bills and Chia’s business model involves loaning Tokens To Large International CompaniesCovenants replicate many banking system benefits without requiring banks or centralizationComplexity, Bitcoin Script and Protocol Level ImprovementsThis 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.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 3mins

5 Apr 2020

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Information wants to be free - Bram Cohen on BitTorrent, content, copyright & crypto (part 1)

The Crypto Conversation

This is part one of a two-part conversation with Bram Cohen. Bram is the inventor of the peer to peer BitTorrent protocol that changed the world in the early 2000s, disrupting the way we understand copyright, how we consume content, and leading to the destruction and rebirth of corporate media companies. Bram is now working on Chia Network, a cryptocurrency with the same properties as Bitcoin, but without the intensive energy footprint. Chia uses a new consensus algorithm called Proof Of Space and Time. Why you should listen: The BitTorrent protocol was a catalyst for the golden age of file-sharing in the early 2000s. Bram says it was never about being a crusader against copyright, he was simply interested in moving data from point A to point B. Listen to Bram’s memories of being a childhood programming prodigy, his early start-up failures, and his impressions of Hal Finney and Satoshi Nakamoto during the early years of Bitcoin.  Key takeaway: At its peak, BitTorrent had hundreds of millions of users and accounted for 40% of all internet traffic. At the core of this was the idea that information wants to be free - and the tension behind that idea is still at the root of what it means to be extremely online today.  BitTorrent is the world’s largest decentralized protocol. Bitcoin is the second largest. Bitcoin is a revolutionary idea but miners are too centralized and the energy footprint is growing. Bram’s vision for Chia addresses these two perceived weaknesses. Links: Bram Cohen’s Wikipedia page Chia Chia Green Paper United States of America Mathematical Olympiad Mojo Nation BitTorrent Copyright Hal Finney Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds Bitcoin IRC Channels Bram on Twitter Chia Project on Twitter Andy on Twitter Brave New Coin on Twitter Brave New Coin If you enjoyed the show please subscribe to the Crypto Conversation and give us a 5-star rating and a positive review in whatever podcast app you are using.

36mins

17 Feb 2020

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