Luis Schliesske & Hilmar Orth: Gelato Network – Web3 Backend Automation & Relay

https://epicenter.tv/episodes/483

Web3 has always been criticised for its not so friendly user experience. While one might argue that it requires a mere learning curve, similar to that of e-mail services when first introduced, Web2’s ease of use has become the norm. Account abstraction and smart contract automation are just 2 solutions for unlocking higher flexibility in transaction execution logic. These backend improvements, alongside scaling solutions and a more user-friendly frontend (e.g. wallets, interfaces) will represent the main drivers of adoption.

We were joined by Luis Schliesske & Hilmar Orth, founders of Gelato Network, to discuss about Gelato Network’s approach to decentralising Web3’s backend through automation and relaying, in order to onboard the next 100 million users.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Luis’ and Hilmar’s backgrounds
  • The need for automation in smart contracts
  • How bots operate in automation processes
  • Interacting with Gelato’s node network
  • Automation, relayers & gasless transactions
  • How automation impacts trust assumptions
  • Gelato beta start & use cases
  • Account abstraction & user experience

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Sponsors:

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This episode is hosted by Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/483

Trent McConaghy: Ocean Protocol – AI & the Data NFT Marketplace (V4)

https://epicenter.tv/episodes/481

From technological breakthrough to philosophical defiance, the topic of AI has always sparked intense debates ever since Alan Turing & John McCarthy advanced this branch of computer science. One might argue that this was caused by expectations overwhelmingly surpassing technological capabilities. However, the recent public release of ChatGPT has rekindled former sci-fi apocalyptical scenarios, even if it is (still) just a trained language model. Humanity gazed in awe as a simple input/output text interface could instantly disrupt fields such as software engineering or copywriting. Worst part? It also challenged (arguably) the most important human-specific trait: creativity (Midjourney). Data is the lifeblood of AI as it increases the model’s prediction accuracy: larger input sample translates into more outputs that help fine-tune weights during back-propagation cycles (the model ‘learns’).

We were joined by Trent McConaghy, founder & CTO at Ocean Protocol, to discuss the advantages of implementing blockchain (& NFT) technology in data management and trading, what makes a particular data set valuable and what challenges derive from AI implementations and the data digital gold rush.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Trent’s AI background & founding Ocean
  • The evolution of Ocean Protocol
  • Managing third-party access to data NFTs
  • Minting data NFTs & their metadata
  • Discovering & verifying data quality
  • AI generated data sets & intellectual property
  • Ocean marketplace user base
  • Data farming
  • Data curation & veOcean rewards

Episode links:

Sponsors:

  • Omni: Access all of Web3 in one easy-to-use wallet! Earn and manage assets at once with Omni’s built-in staking, yield vaults, bridges, swaps and NFT support.
    https://omni.app/

This episode is hosted by Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/481

Carl Beekhuizen & Trent van Epps: Ethereum Foundation – EIP-4844 & KZG Ceremony

https://epicenter.tv/episodes/478

The recent advancements of layer 2 scaling solutions, especially zero-knowledge rollups, led to a complete redesign of Ethereum’s scalability roadmap. As a result, the initial concept of sharding the execution layer was abandoned and replaced by the idea of data sharding. This proposal, named after its author, is know as Danksharding. EIP-4844 is also referred to as proto-danksharding as it sets the foundation for data sharding, through the introduction of data blobs.

We were joined by Carl Beekhuizen & Trenton Van Epps from the Ethereum Foundation, to discuss about the upcoming EIP-4844 timeline and its KZG ceremony.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Trent’s and Carl’s backgrounds
  • Danksharding and scaling Ethereum
  • Data BLOBs and data availability
  • KZG ceremony
  • How trusted setups evolved
  • KZG commitment requirements
  • How trust is ensured
  • Combining randomness
  • How storing secrets is prevented
  • General contribution details
  • Special contributions
  • Quantum vulnerability
  • General EIP-4844 timeline

Episode links:

Sponsors:

  • Omni: Access all of Web3 in one easy-to-use wallet! Earn and manage assets at once with Omni’s built-in staking, yield vaults, bridges, swaps and NFT support.
    https://omni.app/

This episode is hosted by Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/478

Anna Rose & Kobi Gurkan: Zero Knowledge Proofs – State of the ZK Ecosystem – Part 2

https://epicenter.tv/episodes/477

While Part 1 (#476) focused more on the general landscape of the ZK ecosystem, covering team updates and developments, in this episode, we take a closer look at specific use cases for ZK proofs and if the focus has shifted from privacy to blockchain scalability. Moreover, as the dusk of 2022 introduced chatGPT to the world, it seems only fitting to explore ZKP integrations in machine learning (ML).

In Part 2 of this 2-part episode, we were joined by Anna Rose, host of Zero Knowledge Podcast and founder of ZK Summit, ZK Validator and ZK Hack, and Kobi Gurkan, Head of Research at Geometry, to discuss current applications for ZK proofs and what narratives are going to shape 2023 for the ZK ecosystem.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Applications and use cases for ZK proofs
  • ZK bridges
  • Audits and ZK security
  • ZKML (Machine Learning)
  • Succinctness vs. Privacy
  • 2023 predictions for the ZK ecosystem
  • Privacy – human right or concern?

Episode links:

Sponsors:

  • Tally Ho: Tally Ho is a new wallet for Web3 and DeFi that sees the wallet as a public good. Think of it like a community-owned alternative to MetaMask. – https://epicenter.rocks/tallycash

This episode is hosted by Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/477