Bitcoin’s emergence as a global digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. But while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation-states are more interested in the underlying blockchain technology and its ability to revolutionize how business is done on the internet and beyond.

VICE News’ Michael Moynihan travels to Russia with Vitalik Buterin, inventor of the ethereum blockchain, to get a front-row seat to the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0.

Siraj Raval covers Google’s claim to have achieved Quantum Supremacy in a research paper that was briefly leaked on a NASA website.

The paper was taken down, but the Internet moves fast to recover data.

In this episode, Siraj explores what quantum supremacy means, what the applications of quantum computing will be, and how a quantum-resistant cryptographic technique called “A New Hope” works.

Related Links

Google’s Quantum Supremacy paper:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19lv8p1fB47z1pEZVlfDXhop082Lc-kdD/view

D-Wave API:
https://www.dwavesys.com/take-leap

IBM Q:
https://www.ibm.com/quantum-computing/network/overview/

Quantum Machine Learning:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmzWsvb-Un4 

Quantum Computing with D-Wave:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSw-wcB6GZw

Quantum Machine Learning Live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAO4oq2M_48

The Neural Qubit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9jC_V7ojqo

An amazing blog by Scott Aaronson on Quantum Supremacy:
https://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=4317

A curated list of quantum computing learning resources:
https://github.com/desireevl/awesome-quantum-computing

Ring Learning with Errors Blog post:
https://medium.com/asecuritysite-when-bob-met-alice/learning-with-errors-and-ring-learning-with-errors-23516a502406

Quantum Encryption:
https://pqcrypto.org/index.html

On the second episode of Siraj Raval’s educational podcast, he interviews the CEO of the largest cryptocurrency company in the world, Brian Armstrong.

From the video description:

I knew Brian years ago when Coinbase was a relatively humble startup and it’s been mind blowing to see how far they’ve come in such a short period of time, managing the equivalent of billions of dollars in wealth in cryptocurrency. I admire Brian because he wakes up everyday determined to solve the ‘meta-problem’ of financial freedom using cryptocurrency, which he believes can indirectly alleviate poverty, increase entrepreneurship, and help reduce corruption in governments around the world. The President of the USA tweeted about Bitcoin and Facebook released it’s “Libra” cryptocurrency, so it’s an extremely exciting time in the space. I also ask him about his most ambitious ideas regarding the future of payments, and was pleasantly shocked by his answers.

I first heard of Ripple while watching Bloomberg TV, where the CEO of the company was touting the cryptocurrency and its rapid acceptance by the financial establishment. That made me wonder: how could a company “own” a cryptocurrency? Wouldn’t that make it centralized? Isn’t that antithetical to cyrptocurrencies?

Fortunately, Siraj Raval comes to the rescue with a great explainer video on Ripple