Topics Discussed in Lex Fridman Podcast #80 – Lex Fridman & Vitalik Buterin: Satoshi Nakamoto, Anonymity, Open source project leadership, What is money?, Blockchain and cryptocurrency basics, Ethereum, Proof of work, Ethereum 2.0, Beautiful ideas in Ethereum, Future of cryptocurrency, Cryptocurrency resources and people to follow, Role of governments, Meeting Putin, Large number of cryptocurrencies, Mortality.

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Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin is co-creator of Ethereum and ether, which is a cryptocurrency that is currently the second-largest digital currency after bitcoin. Ethereum has a lot of interesting technical ideas that are defining the future of blockchain technology, and Vitalik is one of the most brilliant people innovating this space today. is a Russian-Canadian computer programmer and founder of Ethereum. Buterin became involved with cryptocurrency early in its inception, co-founding Bitcoin Magazine in 2011. In 2014, Buterin deployed Ethereum on blockchain with Dimitry Buterin, Gavin Wood, Charles Hoskinson, Anthony Di Iorio and Joseph Lubin. Buterin first described Ethereum in a white paper in November 2013. Buterin had argued that bitcoin needed a scripting language for application development. But when he failed to gain agreement, he proposed development of a new platform with a more general scripting language. The Ethereum white paper was circulated and interest grew in the new protocol in late 2013 and early 2014. Buterin announced Ethereum more publicly at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami on 26 January. Buterin delivered a 25-minute speech, describing the general-purpose global computer operating on a decentralized permissionless network, ending with potential uses for Ethereum that ranged from crop insurance to decentralized exchanges to DAOs.

Books Mentioned in this Podcast with Lex Fridman & Vitalik Buterin:

Book Title: Mastering Ethereum

Book Title: Digital Gold

Book Title: Out of the Ether