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In this episode of Bitcoin MagazineBitcoin In Asia, some of Bitcoin’s godfathers – Nick Szabo, Adam Back, and David Chaum – discuss the history of the technology with host John Riggins. Recorded during a live panel from Seoul during Korea Blockchain Week, this episode is lined up as a history of the ideas and events that led to Bitcoin from their first-person accounts. It also includes their current thoughts on the latest experiments in Bitcoin and what turns them on about its future.
Szabo is a computer scientist, cryptographer, the designer of BitGold and a pioneer of smart contracts. Back is an applied cryptographer with a PhD in computing in distributed systems, the inventor of Hashcash and co-founder and CEO of Blockstream. Best known for its fundamental innovations in cryptography, including privacy technology and secure election systems, as well as digital cash, Chaum is currently leading Elixxir and Praxxis. Both Back and Chaum are mentioned in the Bitcoin whitepaper, while Szabo’s influence has been mentioned by Satoshi on Bitcointalk.org.
From the cryptography and cypherpunk movements to David’s DigiCash, Adam’s Hashcash proof-of-work, Nick’s BitGold and more, their contributions were fundamental to Bitcoin’s development, and it was fascinating to have them together and play them out in a discussion. of that history.