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  1. Szabo crpyto

    “Trusted third parties are security holes.”

    – Nick Szabo

    Nick Szabo (@NickSzabo4) is a polymath. The breadth and depth of his interests and knowledge are truly astounding.

    He’s a computer scientist, legal scholar, and cryptographer best known for his pioneering research in digital contracts and cryptocurrency.

    The phrase and concept of “smart contracts” were developed by Nick with the goal of bringing what he calls the “highly evolved” practices of contract law and practice for the design of electronic commerce protocols between strangers on the Internet. Nick also designed Bit Gold, which many consider the precursor to Bitcoin.

    This wide-ranging conversation is co-hosted by Naval Ravikant, a mutual friend and one of the most successful investors in Silicon Valley, who also happens to be one of Nick’s biggest admirers.

    We cover a lot, including:

    What is Bitcoin, what are cryptocurrencies, and what problem do they solve?

    What is “social scalability?”

    What is Ethereum and what makes it unique? Strengths and weaknesses?

    How will smart contracts actually get adopted or go mainstream?

    What are ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings)?

    Blockchain governance — is there any existential risk?

    “Wet” versus “dry” code

    Pascal’s scams

    Quantum thought

    What fields will you be working on in the future?

    Listen to it on iTunes.

    Stream by clicking here.

    Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.”

    Want to hear another podcast featuring Naval Ravikant?  — Listen to this prior conversation. In this episode, we discuss the habits and behaviors of highly successful and happy people (stream below or right-click here to download):

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    All you need to do to get your free 30-day Audible trial is visit Audible.com/Tim. Choose one of the above books, or choose any of the endless options they offer. That could be a book, a newspaper, a magazine, or even a class. It’s that easy. Go to†Audible.com/Tim and get started today. Enjoy.

    QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

    Scroll below for links and show notes…

    Selected Links from the Episode

    Connect with Nick Szabo:

    Unenumerated | Twitter

    Connect with Naval Ravikant:

    AngelList | Startup Boy Blog | Twitter

    Fat Protocols by Joel Monégro, Union Square Ventures

    Money, Blockchains, and Social Scalability by Nick Szabo, Unenumerated

    Bitcoin

    Cypherpunk

    Galt’s Gulch

    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

    The Imitation Game

    The Dawn of Trustworthy Computing by Nick Szabo, Unenumerated

    Shell money

    Market Crashes: The Tulip and Bulb Craze by Andrew Beattie, Investopedia

    Fiat Currency: What It Is and Why It’s Better Than a Gold Standard by Jason Hall, The Motley Fool

    What is a hardware wallet?

    Bitcoin — The Internet of Money by Naval Ravikant, Startup Boy

    Smart Contracts, Tying, and Product Liability by Nick Szabo, Unenumerated

    Wet Code and Dry by Nick Szabo, Unenumerated

    Ten Signs You Might Be a Libertarian by Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonimics

    From Vending Machines to Smart Contracts by Nick Szabo, Unenumerated

    What are multi-signature transactions?

    The Fifth Protocol by Naval Ravikant, Startup Boy

    The Bitcoin Model for Crowdfunding by Naval Ravikant, Startup Boy

    Why Startups Are Trading IPOs for ICOs by Erin Griffith, Fortune

    What Drives the Value of Crypto Currencies? by Joshua Seims, MetaStable

    “Best way to destroy your investment in Bitcoin…”

    Bitcoin: The Magic of Mining, The Economist

    What is hashcash?

    Dunbar’s number

    BitTorrent

    Ethereum Project

    Rootstock — Smart Contracts on the Bitcoin Blockchain by CryptoIQ, Medium

    Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System by Satoshi Nakamoto

    Ethereum: A Next-Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform

    Papers by Aviv Zohar on GHOST (Greedy Heaviest Observed Sub-Tree) and Bitcoin security

    Bitcoin Hard Fork — If You Want Peace, Prepare for War by Piotr Piasecki, Brave New Coin

    Where Bitcoin and Banking Collide by Noelle Acheson, Coindesk

    Singapore’s Central Bank Completes Blockchain Payments Pilot, Nods at Digital Currency by Samburaj Das, Cryptocoins News

    Smart Contracts Reduce Mental Transaction Costs by Nick Szabo, Unenumerated

    Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution

    Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

    More Short Takes by Nick Szabo, Unenumerated (where Nick talks about quantum thought)

    The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

    Utilize the “Steel Man” Tactic to Argue More Effectively by Eric Ravenscraft, Lifehacker

    Pascal’s Scams I and II by Nick Szabo, Unenumerated

    The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil

    “The Singularity” by Nick Szabo, Unenumerated

    Regulators Start To See Bitcoin As “Prosecution Futures” by JP Buntinx, The Merkle

    The Father of Online Anonymity Has a Plan to End the Crypto War by Julian Berman, Wired

    Monero vs. Zcash

    Filecoin

    Blockstack — The New Decentralized Internet

    Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P. Feynman and Ralph Leighton

    Moore’s Law

    Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? by Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American

    The Illusion of Free Will by Sam Harris

    The Top 20 Artificial Intelligence Films — in Pictures by Michael Hogan and Greg Whitmore, The Guardian

    Collecting Metal: The Inner and Outer Worlds of Jewelry, Coins, Bullion Bits, and Odd Shiny Things by Nick Szabo, Unenumerated

    New Evidence: Easter Island Civilization Was Not Destroyed by War by Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica

    The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

    Books by Matt Ridley

    Cambridge Digital Library’s entry on Dead Reckoning

    Show Notes

    Introductions and the story of how Nick and Naval met. [08:05]

    What is cryptocurrency? [10:47]

    Where did Nick’s interest in cryptocurrencies begin? [11:48]

    What is cryptography? [12:56]

    What are the benefits of cryptocurrency? [15:44]

    Why is cryptocurrency important to Nick? [17:13]

    What is a blockchain? [17:43]

    A brief history of currency. [18:51]

    What makes money — including cryptocurrency — valuable? [23:59]

    “Bitcoin is almost to computers what quantum mechanics is to physics — it throws a lot of people in the field off.” [26:53]

    What is a smart contract? [30:45]

    “Wet” versus “dry” code. [31:44]

    The vending machine as the primordial smart contract. [33:36]

    A situation where someone might want to use a multi-signature (multisig) transaction. [35:57]

    What are ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings)? [41:56]

    On the inevitable bubbles that show up in any prediction market. [43:00]

    Most common cryptocurrency misconceptions. [45:40]

    What makes Bitcoin unique? [49:50]

    What was the innovation of BitGold? [51:20]

    What is proof of work, and how is it used in Bitcoin mining? [53:42]

    Computational inefficiency and social scalability. [1:00:04]

    Would it be possible for a government to regulate cryptocurrencies out of existence? [1:05:02]

    What is the incentive for a financial center like New York to be supportive (or cast a blind eye) to cryptocurrency development? [1:08:28]

    Is Bitcoin inversely correlated to any particular asset classes? [1:10:13]

    How do people accidentally lose their Bitcoins? [1:10:35]

    What is Ethereum, and what are the pros and cons compared to Bitcoin? [1:12:53]

    A cultural disconnect between the traditional financial world and the cryptocurrency community. [1:17:28]

    What are the most valuable components of the traditional finance world? [1:19:05]

    What reliable sources might someone from the traditional finance world consult if they wanted to learn more about cryptocurrencies? [1:20:40]

    What will it take for the more widespread use of Bitcoin (or other cryptocurrencies) among everyday consumers? [1:23:05]

    What are the common characteristics of charlatans who scam the system? [1:28:54]

    How is “fork” used in the context of cryptocurrencies? [1:31:13]

    What problems do users of cryptocurrency most commonly encounter when dealing with the traditional banking infrastructure? [1:37:00]

    How does “unenumerated” tie into the Ninth Amendment of the United States Constitution? [1:46:23]

    What is quantum thought? [1:49:24]

    How has Nick trained himself to practice quantum thought? [1:50:52]

    What are Pascal’s scams and how do they relate to Nassim Taleb’s Black Swan? [1:54:54]

    For which emergencies or possible future events (e.g. “The Singularity”) should we be prepared? [1:58:06]

    Does Nick worry about anything in particular that most people seem to ignore? [2:00:55]

    How current technologies are trying to overcome the potential for privacy leaks in transactions. [2:03:29]

    What makes certain cryptocurrencies appreciate in value over others? [2:04:50]

    Why Singularity and Simulation hypotheses are mutually exclusive. [2:12:31]

    How does Naval minimize his mental surface activity in order to better focus on current endeavors? [2:14:40]

    Why future generations will probably handle social media better than we do today. [2:17:08]

    Favorite books? [2:20:42]

    What high school class would Nick teach? [2:22:41]

    What does Nick plan on writing about in the near future? [2:24:42]

    What would Nick’s billboard say? [2:26:47]

    Parting thoughts. [2:27:15]

    People Mentioned

    Naval Ravikant

    Jamie Foxx

    Charlie Munger

    Ralph Merkle

    Tim May

    Eric Hughes

    John Gilmore

    Alan Turing

    Charles Darwin

    Donald Trump

    Adam Back

    Satoshi Nakamoto

    Hal Finney

    Bram Cohen

    Steve Wozniak

    Vitalik Buterin

    Aviv Zohar

    Dan Carlin

    Alfred North Whitehead

    Friedrich Hayek

    Walt Whitman

    Socrates

    Sam Harris

    Neil Strauss

    Blaise Pascal

    Nassim Taleb

    Elon Musk

    Lance Armstrong

    David Chaum

    Kim Kardashian

    Richard Feynman

    Jiddu Krishnamurti

    Marc Andreessen

    Alfred W. Crosby

    Jared Diamond

    Richard Dawkins

    Matt Ridley

    Christopher Columbus

    Ferdinand Magellan

    Posted on: June 4, 2017.

    http://tim.blog/2017/06/04/nick-szabo/amp/

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  2. Go Time #8: Asim Aslam on Micro, the Go Microservice Toolkit | Changelog

    Asim Aslam joined us to talk about Micro, a pluggable RPC based library which provides the fundamental building blocks for writing microservices in Go. We also discussed open source sustainability, microservices, and serverless architecture.

    https://changelog.com/gotime/8

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  3. Play 2.6 Is Coming, And It’s Faster Than Ever (with Will Sargent)

    Play 2.6 is coming soon, and introduces some very interesting new features, such as Akka HTTP with HTTP/2 becoming the default server, that ramp up Play’s performance and security even further. In this short podcast with Will Sargent, presenter, trainer, consultant and senior engineer on the Play team at Lightbend, we go over what’s coming in Play 2.6, which features you can already test out now, and conclude with some background on just what makes Play Framework so fast compared to other JVM frameworks out there.

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    Original video: https://soundcloud.com/lightbend/lightbend-podcast-play-2-6-is-coming-and-its-faster-than-ever
    Downloaded by http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/ on Wed, 10 May 2017 14:47:20 GMT Available for 30 days after download

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  4. a16z Podcast: Cryptocurrencies, App Coins, and Investing in Protocols

    Most of us have probably heard of bitcoin and ethereum — but did you know there were 15 new cryptocurrencies launched this past month alone? How then do we know which protocols to invest in — not just as a developer or user, but as an investor? Because, let’s face it, open source software and services need resources not just to survive but thrive.

    General partner Chris Dixon talks about this dynamic between open vs closed in this episode of the a16z Podcast with Olaf Carlson-Wee, founder of (a16z investment) Polychain, a new kind of hedge fund that invests directly in cryptocurrencies at the protocol layer. But what does that actually mean? Instead of investing in the companies that are building on top of these protocols, Polychain invests in the protocols themselves — in much the same way that you could have invested in domain names instead of early internet companies like Amazon in the early days (which most people actually didn’t have access to do). Imagine if you could have bought equity in Linux!

    As people create application-specific tokens for these protocols (also known as “app coins”) to crowdfund and share equity in these networks, it’s actually "bringing capitalism into open source" — and could even one day lead to less centralized platforms and a web owned by…

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    Original video: https://soundcloud.com/a16z/cryptocurrencies-protocols-appcoins
    Downloaded by http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/ on Wed, 07 Jun 2017 01:53:58 GMT Available for 30 days after download

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  5. Egon von Greyerz | King World News

    FOR DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO PLAY OR DOWNLOAD AUDIOS: CLICK HERE

    Egon von Greyerz (EvG): Founder and Managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Management AG & GoldSwitzerland – EvG forecasted the current economic problems over 12 years ago. In 2002 (gold $300/ oz.) MAM recommended to its investors to put 50% of their investment assets into physical gold stored outside the banking system. EvG specialises in M&A and Asset allocation consultancy for private family funds. MAM (based in Zurich, Switzerland) specialises in wealth preservation for high net worth individuals as well as institutions. The GoldSwitzerland Division was created to facilitate the buying and storage of physical gold and silver for private investors, companies, trusts and pension funds.

    About Us – Matterhorn Asset Management / GoldSwitzerland – GoldSwitzerland is the precious metals investment division of Matterhorn Asset Management AG (MAM), a Swiss asset management company specialising in wealth preservation for high net worth individuals and institutions.

    GoldSwitzerland advises investors on precious metals investments and buys, sells, transfers and stores precious metals for investors. The metals are stored in the name of the clients in ultra-secure vaults in Switzerland. MAM also assists clients in transferring existing gold and silver holdings out of the banking system to the private vaults. Clients have full control of their gold and silver bars which are allocated and segregated. Clients have personal access to the vaults to inspect or collect their metals.

    MAM is associated with the Aquila Group, Switzerland’s largest independent asset management group.

    Why Gold & Why GoldSwitzerland – There are times in history when protecting your wealth should be the primary objective of your investment strategy. As Mark Twain said: “I am more concerned about the return of my money than the return on my money.” To preserve wealth in a fragile financial system, involves investing in assets which have no counterparty risk.

    Gold is not an investment, it is real money. Gold reflects governments ongoing deceitful action in destroying the value of paper money.

    Matterhorn Asset Management (MAM) has invested in physical gold for clients for over 10 years. Back in 2002 we advised our investors to buy physical gold for up to 50% of their financial assets. The image shows how in 1913 you could buy nearly 50 oz of gold for $1,000 and today only 0.75 oz. Thus against real money – GOLD – the dollar has declined 98% since the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the USA in 1913. But it is not only the dollar that has declined in value, all major currencies have lost 97-99% against gold since 1913. Until 1971 the US dollar was backed by gold. Since Nixon abolished the gold backing, money printing started in earnest and in the last 41 years the dollar lost 98% in real terms.

    Egon von Greyerz: Founder and managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Managment AG & GoldSwitzerlan – EvG forecasted the current present problems in the world economy over 12 years ago. In 2002 when gold was $300 per ounce,  MAM recommended to its investors to put 50% of their investment assets into physical gold stored outside the banking system.

    Egon von Greyerz started his working life in Geneva as a banker and thereafter spent 17 years as Finance Director and Executive Vice-Chairman of  a FTSE 100 company in the UK.

    Since the 1990s EvG  has been actively involved with financial investment activities including Mergers and Acquisitions and Asset allocation consultancy for private family funds. This led to the creation of Matterhorn Asset Management an asset management company based on wealth preservation principles. The GoldSwitzerland Division  was created to facilitate the buying and storage of physical gold and silver for private investors, companies, trusts and pension funds.

    EvG makes regular media appearances such as on CNBC, BBC and King World News and speaks at investment conferences around the world. He also publishes articles on precious metals,  the world economy and wealth preservation.

    http://kingworldnews.com/egon-von-greyerz-5-27-17/

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  7. #136: Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and The 5 Chimps Theory — The Tim Ferriss Show — Overcast

    https://overcast.fm/+BmGUMrSCc/10:42

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  8. Michael Feathers

    Stay tuned for our special guest interview with Michael Feathers of r7k Research & Conveyance and author of Working Effectively with Legacy Code.

    https://advancetechmedia.org/episode-002-michael-feathers/

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  9. Egon von Greyerz | King World News

    FOR DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO PLAY OR DOWNLOAD AUDIOS: CLICK HERE

    Egon von Greyerz (EvG): Founder and Managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Management AG & GoldSwitzerland – EvG forecasted the current economic problems over 12 years ago. In 2002 (gold $300/ oz.) MAM recommended to its investors to put 50% of their investment assets into physical gold stored outside the banking system. EvG specialises in M&A and Asset allocation consultancy for private family funds. MAM (based in Zurich, Switzerland) specialises in wealth preservation for high net worth individuals as well as institutions. The GoldSwitzerland Division was created to facilitate the buying and storage of physical gold and silver for private investors, companies, trusts and pension funds.

    About Us – Matterhorn Asset Management / GoldSwitzerland – GoldSwitzerland is the precious metals investment division of Matterhorn Asset Management AG (MAM), a Swiss asset management company specialising in wealth preservation for high net worth individuals and institutions.

    GoldSwitzerland advises investors on precious metals investments and buys, sells, transfers and stores precious metals for investors. The metals are stored in the name of the clients in ultra-secure vaults in Switzerland. MAM also assists clients in transferring existing gold and silver holdings out of the banking system to the private vaults. Clients have full control of their gold and silver bars which are allocated and segregated. Clients have personal access to the vaults to inspect or collect their metals.

    MAM is associated with the Aquila Group, Switzerland’s largest independent asset management group.

    Why Gold & Why GoldSwitzerland – There are times in history when protecting your wealth should be the primary objective of your investment strategy. As Mark Twain said: “I am more concerned about the return of my money than the return on my money.” To preserve wealth in a fragile financial system, involves investing in assets which have no counterparty risk.

    Gold is not an investment, it is real money. Gold reflects governments ongoing deceitful action in destroying the value of paper money.

    Matterhorn Asset Management (MAM) has invested in physical gold for clients for over 10 years. Back in 2002 we advised our investors to buy physical gold for up to 50% of their financial assets. The image shows how in 1913 you could buy nearly 50 oz of gold for $1,000 and today only 0.75 oz. Thus against real money – GOLD – the dollar has declined 98% since the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the USA in 1913. But it is not only the dollar that has declined in value, all major currencies have lost 97-99% against gold since 1913. Until 1971 the US dollar was backed by gold. Since Nixon abolished the gold backing, money printing started in earnest and in the last 41 years the dollar lost 98% in real terms.

    Egon von Greyerz: Founder and managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Managment AG & GoldSwitzerlan – EvG forecasted the current present problems in the world economy over 12 years ago. In 2002 when gold was $300 per ounce,  MAM recommended to its investors to put 50% of their investment assets into physical gold stored outside the banking system.

    Egon von Greyerz started his working life in Geneva as a banker and thereafter spent 17 years as Finance Director and Executive Vice-Chairman of  a FTSE 100 company in the UK.

    Since the 1990s EvG  has been actively involved with financial investment activities including Mergers and Acquisitions and Asset allocation consultancy for private family funds. This led to the creation of Matterhorn Asset Management an asset management company based on wealth preservation principles. The GoldSwitzerland Division  was created to facilitate the buying and storage of physical gold and silver for private investors, companies, trusts and pension funds.

    EvG makes regular media appearances such as on CNBC, BBC and King World News and speaks at investment conferences around the world. He also publishes articles on precious metals,  the world economy and wealth preservation.

    http://kingworldnews.com/egon-von-greyerz-5-27-17/

    —Huffduffed by agileone

  10. Longform Podcast #239: Brian Reed · Longform

    Brian Reed, a senior producer at This American Life, is the host of S-Town. “It’s a story about the remarkableness of what could be called an unremarkable life.” Thanks to MailChimp, Casper, and Squarespace for sponsoring this week’s episode.

    https://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-239-brian-reed

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