The Blockchain Debate Podcast

Jun 29 2020 77 mins 7

It seems that the future of blockchain industry can go down very different paths, and each path has its group of hard core believers. They can’t all be right. Perhaps by hearing the experts debate, the rest of us can compare their reasoning and see the future a bit more clearly. Whether you’re a builder or investor, whether you consider yourself blockchain-savvy or blockchain-curious, if you want to hear all arguments before predicting the future of blockchain, this podcast is for you. Follow our twitter at @blockdebate. Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09). See you soon! Consensus optional, proof of thought required.





Motion: Nation-state attack on Bitcoin is an unresolved ticking time-bomb (Mike Kelly vs. Hasu)
Jun 29 2020 91 mins  
Motion: Nation-state attack on #Bitcoin is an unresolved ticking time-bomb.


Motion: Corporate bailouts and capital market rescues make sense, II (Jonathan Padilla vs. Nick White)
Jun 03 2020 74 mins  
Motion: I largely approve the US' fiscal & monetary response to ongoing economic crisis


Motion: Corporate bailouts and capital market rescues make sense (Qiao Wang vs. Jimmy Song)
May 05 2020 106 mins  
Guests:Qiao Wang (@qwqiao)Jimmy Song (@jimmysong)Host:Richard Yan (@gentso09)We all know the dominant crypto-native perspective on corporate/Wall Street bailouts — as generally anti-intervention, both fiscally and monetarily. But it’s important to hear...



Motion: Ethereum 1.0 can scale (Uri Klarman vs. Mrinal Manohar)
Apr 30 2020 91 mins  
Motion: Ethereum 1.0 can scale (Uri Klarman vs. Mrinal Manohar)


Discussion: Baseline ("Permission-less Chain" for enterprise) vs. Corda ("Permissioned Chain" for enterprise) (John Wolpert vs. Richard Brown)
Apr 20 2020 62 mins  
Today’s session is about enterprise blockchain and features a co-founder of Baseline protocol and CTO of R3. The former is building an enterprise solution on a public blockchain, whereas the latter is doing so on a private blockchain. So you will learn about the two approaches as the two guests compare notes on their respective products. And today’s format is more of a discussion rather than a debate. It is an update to a debate that took place between them a year ago.


Motion: The future of blockchain will be an oligopoly of public blockchains (Illia Polosukhin vs. Zaki Manian)
Apr 15 2020 62 mins  
In a world where decentralized applications proliferate, will these applications be built on top of a few or many public blockchains? Exploration of this topic would help us understand the merits of the coexistence of many protocols. On the extreme, each dapp can have its own chain, so that the developers/community for each app can have maximal control over the full stack of their product.


Motion: POS will overtake POW (Kevin Sekniqi vs. Tarun Chitra)
Mar 25 2020 101 mins  
This is an important topic for a few reasons. First, from an investor’s perspective, this is another angle of evaluating BTC vs its challengers, which by and large are POS, or moving to POS. Second, this provides guidance to architects of new protocols in making design decisions.


Motion: China Will Lead the World in Blockchain Innovation (Matthew Graham vs. Avichal Garg)
Mar 09 2020 78 mins  
With a huge market, vast amount of capital, loose regulations (in a de facto sense anyway), deep bench of talent and prowess for imitation, China is a powerful incubator of tech and product, both in blockchain and other tech industries. China is the place for concentration of mining power, top exchanges and now potentially a pioneer for national digital currency. Global crypto investors may be interested in knowing, will true innovation come out of China? And for western entrepreneurs and operators, what can they learn from their Chinese friends? Today’s debate will help address these questions.


Motion: Bitcoin Halvening is Priced In (Jason Williams vs. Christian Keroles)
Feb 24 2020 73 mins  
Halvening, or halving, refers to the regularly scheduled reduction in the supply of new bitcoins to reward miners. This happens roughly every four years, and the supply is reduced by 50% each time. Halvening is built into the protocol and not a contentious topic. What is contentious, is whether the market for bitcoin has incorporated the effects of this upcoming activity.


Motion: DeFi is DeFicient (Udi Wertheimer vs. Haseeb Qureshi)
Feb 05 2020 86 mins  
Today’s motion concerns DeFi, or decentralized finance. The vision of decentralized finance is financial markets such as borrowing/lending and trading without intermediaries. The hope is this will improve efficiency, transparency and cost-effectiveness. MakerDAO, Compound, Uniswap are examples of DeFi apps w/ the most traction today.


Motion: Tokenization and Smart Contracts are Useful Ideas (Emin Gün Sirer vs. Edmund Schuster)
Jan 16 2020 95 mins  
Today’s motion concerns tokenization and smart contracts. Smart contracts' value proposition is to facilitate programmable transactions of tokens, in a manner that is decentralized, transparent, and cost-effective. A big part of the value, although not all of the value, in tokenization lies in the fact that disintermediated transactions of these tokens can take place via smart contracts.


Motion: Bitcoin will Attain Global Store of Value Status in 2040 (Jimmy Song vs. David Gerard)
Dec 20 2019 80 mins  
This debate touches upon one of the most fundamental value proposition of cryptos. If any crypto can attain the status of digital gold, the coin with the longest history, highest market cap and widest recognition seems to have the best chance. And if there are serious obstacles, it’s probably important for investors, developers and operators of other alternative coins to know why.


Announcing The Blockchain Debate Podcast
Dec 16 2019 2 mins  
Brief introduction


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