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Monday, December 9 • 3:50pm - 4:20pm
Beyond Blockchains and Proof of Work - Emin Gün Sirer, Ava Labs

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At once revolutionary and also over-hyped, blockchains represent a dilemma: the underlying technology proposed to date is thoroughly incapable of living up to a fraction of the dream that has been sold to the masses. Current crop of blockchains are unable to scale: if Venezuela switched to Bitcoin today, every adult would be able to go to store once every 36 days. And moderately popular smart contracts, like Cryptokitties, render Ethereum unusable for days. Yet the dream of Byzantine fault tolerant systems that control money flows, without trusted parties, at great scale, remains as compelling as it is unreachable.

This talk will focus on an exciting recent development in blockchain infrastructure, a novel consensus protocol family called Avalanche that combines the best features of the Lamport-Liskov and Nakamoto protocol families that preceded it, to yield a currency with low latency to finality, high throughput, and high degree of decentralization. I will outline the design of new currency applications built on top of the new primitives this new foundation provides, and discuss how the protocol's inherent operation can help address the governance problems associated with cryptocurrencies. Finally, I will touch upon the next set of challenges that emerge when the consensus protocol is finally made efficient and scalable.

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Emin Gün Sirer

Co-founder & CEO, Ava Labs
Emin Gün Sirer is Co-founder & CEO of AVA Labs, whose mission is to build a payments rail and computation engine based on the breakthrough Avalanche family of consensus protocols.Gün is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, where his research focuses on operating... Read More →

Monday December 9, 2019 3:50pm - 4:20pm EST
East Hub B
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