Atomic Swaps

In this episode featuring Bitcoin developer¬†Jimmy Song, you’ll learn:

  • What an atomic swap is, how it affects the future of Bitcoin, and why it is useful
  • How an atomic swap works, with a real-world example
  • Why trusted third parties are security holes, and how atomic swaps remove the need for them
  • Pros and cons of on-chain atomic swaps compared to off-chain swaps such as the Lightning Network
  • What some of the cryptocurrencies that support atomic swaps are, including Decred (DCR) and Litecoin (LTC) which made headlines after recently completing¬†an atomic swap

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The Economics of Blockchain Protocols

In this episode featuring¬†Primoz Kordez, you’ll learn:

  • What determines the value of a cryptocurrency
  • The differences between the two main types of cryptocurrencies we’ve seen in the past two years: cryptocurrencies that can be divided into currencies with the function of means of payment or store of value, and currencies with utility value
  • How blockchain protocols will give rise to decentralized systems in which individuals co-create the value of the networks
  • The importance of incentives in establishing distributed networks in which individual participants are rewarded and the network itself appreciates in value

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The Fifth Protocol

In this episode featuring AngelList and CoinList Co-Founder Naval Ravikant, you’ll learn:

  • Why machines could be a major catalyst for Bitcoin protocol adoption
  • Why it has taken so long to create the internet’s first protocol for exchanging value, and why it’s here to stay
  • Why Bitcoin has an advantage as an exchange of value protocol versus incumbents
  • Why dozens of app coins could proliferate on networks that must allocate resources (storage, cache, and more)
  • What some of the future real-world applications of blockchain-related protocols could be

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