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From ARPANET to web3

November 23rd, 2022
The internet as we know it today is the result of decades of research and development. ARPANET, the precursor to the internet, was created in the 1960s by the US military and designed to be a secure and reliable communication network for the government. Universities and research institutions then adopted this technology in the 1970s and used it to share research and connect with colleagues around the globe. In the 1980s, the US government liberalized this technology, allowing commercial businesses to connect to the network. Finally, the commercialization of the internet in the mid-1990s saw the birth of the modern internet, with widespread access to personal computers and the rise of online service providers such as AOL and Prodigy.
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PBS: Neutralizing the Dark Forest

October 12th, 2022
PBS is still an active area of research, but this comprehensive post aims to aggregate and summarize where research is so far- and where it’s headed.
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A Eulogy for Bitcoin

September 13th, 2022
The most monumental update in blockchain history since the Bitcoin genesis block is upon us: at TTD 58750000000000000000000, Ethereum is switching to Proof-of-Stake. With it comes a 99.5% energy use reduction, finalization of the dynamic supply mechanism introduced by EIP-1559, as well as setting the stage for future updates, including sharding.
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Diving into which zkEVM will win the market.

August 19th, 2022
Vitalik’s recent post on classifying zkEVMs prompted discussions over specific implementations but did not dive into the best implementation.
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Exploring Zero Knowledge: StarkWare

February 11th, 2022
In my previous post in this series, we went over zkSync and the zkEVM. Let’s go over StarkWare’s ZK rollup solution, which uses STARKs instead of SNARKs.
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February 9th, 2022
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Exploring Zero Knowledge: zkSync and the zkEVM

February 4th, 2022
This is part one of a multi-part series diving deeper into the blockchain applications of zero knowledge proofs. There’s been a lot of hype in this space recently, but not a lot of meaningful technical discussion, so this series of articles will explore the applications under the hood. Let’s get started!
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Separating the Monolith

January 25th, 2022
Scaling the execution layer via rollups, validiums, and volitions is only one half of a two-part solution. In order for a truly scalable and decentralized blockchain to exist, the data computed and stored on-chain must reside somewhere without high storage or computing requirements. Ten years from now, when significantly more people, institutions, and daily users interact with the blockchain in some way, more efficient state and data storage is required. Separating the monolith requires existing monolithic nodes to fragment into specialized task-specific nodes.
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zkSNARKs vs zkSTARKs: a primer

January 18th, 2022
Trying out a longer form article this time to allow a deeper dive into some areas of blockchain research. There are a lot of articles on zero knowledge proofs, and a lot of research papers on SNARKs or STARKs, but very little bridging the intermediate gap.
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