Cornell University computer scientist Emin Gün Sirer joins CoinSpice for a discussion about the current state of cryptocurrency. Consensus mechanisms, block propagation, Proof of Work versus Proof of Stake, Bitcoin Cash’s chain split, Ethereum’s Constantinople fork, and his thoughts about working in a crazy industry are all fodder for a pretty wonderful podcast episode.
Cornell University Computer Scientist Emin Gün Sirer
I easily have one of best jobs on the planet. I’m paid to hobnob with thinkers who’re working on nothing less than changing, well, everything. Along those lines is Cornell University‘s Emin Gün Sirer.
Professor Sirer is a longtime voice in the ecosystem, and he’s never shied from controversy or opinions less than vogue. No one ever said the guy was stupid. His lectures are mandatory listening and viewing, and he’s in demand all around the world for his insights.
At least part of the reason has to do with what he brings: philosophy, history, and a computer science background combine to make him damn-near singular in our community. There really is no one with his breadth of knowledge bumping around this space.
He Tried to Warn About Certain Personalities
I admit at attempting to summon restraint in this episode. I am a huge fanboy of the dude. He’s informed how I look at crypto almost more than anyone else, and he’s done so without forcing me to agree with all he posits. And I am better for having taken his ideas in.
He was among the first to warn about cults of personality, and he was proven utterly correct — a kind of pain still wrecking havoc even as of this writing. He’s long been an advocate for attempting to move away from traditional mining, which he views as a waste not only environmentally but also economically.
We talk about Avalanche and its promise, the Bitcoin Cash fork and its lessons, and how he feels about the industry as a whole. He also chats up his latest efforts with IC3 and bloXroute Labs, its work with Bitcoin Unlimited, and his promotion of AVA coin.
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