Dean Tribble, Agoric, smart contracts & Cosmos


April 7th, 2021

50 mins 38 secs

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About this Episode

In this episode we talk to Dean Tribble, the CEO at Agoric, a secure smart contract platform built with the help of Tendermint & Cosmos-SDK.

Agoric are a smart contracts platform (transfers of rights enforced in code). Agoric uses an object-capability (ocap) security architecture, in which access to a programming object itself is the authority to use the object. This approach has been used successfully to create secure operating systems, and to control untrusted scripts in Google’s Caja project and Salesforce’s Locker Service. Agoric is developing a secure distributed ocap platform for smart contracts and market-oriented programming. It supports the development of smart contracts and market institutions across many scales, from large public blockchains to small two-party contracts.

We spoke to Dean about smart contracts, and:

  • What is Agoric
  • How Agoric is different from CosmWasm
  • The team behind Agoric and their experience
  • The use of Tendermint and Cosmos in Agoric
  • The Cosmos community and its role in the development process
  • What is SCS for JavaScript and what is Jessie
  • Open Source VS proprietary software
  • The key ceremony of Z-cash
  • Oracles and decentralized OS
  • Can decentralization help to reduce vulnerability of human mistakes
  • Top information sources according to Dean

The projects and people that have been mentioned in this episode:

| Tendermint | Cosmos | Agoric | Midori Micorosoft | AMiX | SunLabs | Epay | Amazon | PayPal | Venmo | Ethereum | Bitcoin | IBC | WebAssembly | JavaScipt | CosmWasm | Z-cash | Bloomberg | Chainlink | EVM | SeL4 | Swing set Agoric | ZK rollups | Corda | Halo | Innovation University of Australia | Mark Miller | Jae Kwon | Zaki Manian | Ethan Buchman | Adriana Mihai | Zooko Wilcox | Christofer Lemmer Webber | Kate Sills |

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