The Third Web #16 – Urbit, Your New Server

The Third Web #16 – Urbit, Your New Server

The range of third-web platforms in development today is greater than ever. From data-centric blockchain based approaches to agent-centric designs like Secure Scuttlebut, the potential futures of the third web are rapidly expanding. Today we look at another approach with the Urbit platform. Like Secure Scuttlebutt, Urbit is agent centric. It is a deterministic operating system designed to be the filter between a user and the online services they use. I last covered Urbit in 2016 and the project is now nearing public launch. Galen Wolf-Pauly explains.What is Urbit?A personal ServerA secure computer that you actually ownStores an event log of everything that has ever happened to itThat’s designed to live on any cloud serverBut be controlled by a private key that you actually ownYour Urbit is meant to replace all of the consumer cloud software that you already useHow can it possibly be better than all of the expensive software that has already been created?The basic thesis is that everything we use today runs on top of a unix of some kind.The reason we wound up in this centralised world of cloud-based software is that Unix is too complicated.Because the Unix is complicated, complicated layers between Unix and the application are needed.The Urbit solution is to rip all of that out and create a single, extremely simple, complex system.Urbit is a virtual machine, programming language, and operating system in 30,000 lines of code.For comparison, WordPress, an application that runs on Unix is 500,000 lines of codeTechnical simplicity should turn into user interface simplicity.Additionally, by hosting your Urbit in the cloud you no longer have a middleman serving you applications, Instead you only need them to host your virtual computer. What does an Urbit future look like?A single platform allows tighter integration of, for example, productivity software like Git & Asana.As a designer, Galen looks forward to interface standardisation, -having messaging, documenting, code collaboration, task management and other consumer software working seamlessly as one system.Rather than interfaces built for many people.Do we need a new back end for a new front end? Hasn’t Wechat done this?Today we use many services that have unified UIsGoogle has both email and documents but do you really trust Google to have total control and visibility into your use of those services?What if Google goes away?Being able to run a server myself that I trust will be around a long time and is secure to me makes me feel alot better. [Platform Risk]Wechat is a really great achievementApps are more like modulesBut you have given total power to a single companyThe decentralised Wechat pitch has gotten tired but Urbit is very much targeting that problem.The future of cloud computing does look like that but makes no compromises in privacy or durability.So is your vision as a designer that an individual defines their interface standard and that the applications automatically conform to that individual standard?Yes, instead of going to facebook, twitter, Google Docs, etc. and having them deliver the interface to me it is much more like installing a desktop application.In a desktop application scenario most applications make use of common interface elements because it makes more sense to the userYour computing environment should feel like your physical environment. Individuals have different preferences with regard to furnishing and it is relatively easy to pick from different modules of furniture or colours of walls. These are decisions of the size that we are comfortable making. Contrast this to computing interfaces which are like a prefab trailer, or hotel room that you wind up living in the whole time but have no power to customise, only choose between. The alternative is being a Linux SysAdmin who builds their entire interface home themselves. That tradeoff is as unfair and unrealistic as everyone physically building their own homes from scratch.To clarify, it is people working on Urbit full time who would be the ones building interfaces but those interfaces would be able to be applied to all of the applications that run on Urbit, and tweaks to those interfaces would affect all apps.Moving on from the interface. What is the advantage over existing cloud platforms? How is it possible to build something from scratch that is easier to use than the systems that have been developed by hundreds of thousands of people over the course of 30 years?Firstly, Urbit runs on Unix, the internet, TCP/IP, UDP We take the existing infrastructure and build a new layer on top.We are antagonistic toward the existing web stackUrbit is designed for an individual to useYou can think of Urbit as a personal blockchain or a 100 year computer – something that has never existed.Who is the target user?The gold standard is ‚œWould I recommend this to my Mom?’More than just the technical community is interested in online privacy and security.The question is more like ‚œWould I send an Urbit to my cousin?’This year your friend will be able to acquire an Urbit address and use it to chat with others and make the decision for themselves.Urbit is most interesting to somewhat technical people who are interested in unusual system software. It is also populated by small interesting micro-communitiesThe Urbit testnet has been live since 2013Does Urbit have enterprise applications?In the world of agriculture you cannot customise the software that runs in the machinery commonly available.You can’t customise the software inside a Nest IoT device. You cant even connect it to a different server.Urbit operates on it’s own network of devices.It is ideal for industrial IoT and can communicate on a local network.Currently data from these devices is collected and stored by third parties who represent a risk of abuse or leaks. Let’s take a look at how it works, the networking and application stack.3 main components:Azimuth – the identity system. A series of Ethereum contracts. An Azimuth point is like a combination between a domain name, an email address and an IP address. There is a finite address space and each address is represented as a pronounceable phrase. In total there are ~4 billion user addresses. These addresses are divided hierarchically and have different uses in mind: 264 ‚œMoons‘ (devices), 232 ‚œPlanets‘ (user addresses), 216 ‚œStars‘ (routing nodes), 28 ‚œGalaxies‘ (protocol governors).Arvo – the Urbit OS. Very clean separation from external identity system on Ethereum, connected by a common key pair. The Arvo OS has a file system, a system for building applications, a webserver, a networking protocol which is routed over UDP, a vault for secrets or keychain, and a build system. These aree individual kernel modules that provide things from the web stack. A core kernel manages the interactions between these components. The OS is written in a custom language called Hoon which compiles to the Urbit assembly language called Nock. The result is a single deterministic function that Urbit executes every time it gets an event.Aegean?Who makes money from Urbit?Employees of the Tlon company that is developing Urbit, in the form of wages.Holders of Azimuth address space.Providers of Urbit hosting & application development services Recently, Curtis Yarvin, the founder of the Urbit project, left. Is it true that he gave all of his address space to Tlon?NoCurtis Yarvin signed over the the Galaxy addresses he held to Tlon. He retained the control of the stars.Future & FearsThe biggest threat to Urbit is success. If it begins to succeed as an alternative computing model, its possible that large players will attempt to build products that solve the same problems.Urbit’s goal is not to be a single network, but rather a network of networks.It takes granular tools to map the way people interact in a computing environment and Urbit aims to make the many different permutations of human communication representable. …

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The Crypto Show With Ashe Oro & Shawn Owen, Liberty VA’s & EquaStart.io

The Crypto Show With Ashe Oro & Shawn Owen, Liberty VA’s & EquaStart.io

In this episode we catch up with Ashe Oro and Shawn Owens at the Anarchapulco conference. Ashe is sharing his ideas about his project Liberty VA’s when an impromptu Shawn Owens joins in who just so happens to be Ashe’s first customer.Shawn also answers the questions everyone wants to know what are you up to and why did you leave Salt.Shawn also breaks down his new project Equa Start and how it will relate to this show in the very near future.



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The Tatiana Show Ep. 179 Matthew Zarracina of True-Tickets

The Tatiana Show Ep. 179 Matthew Zarracina of True-Tickets

I met Matt Zarracina in Cleveland, for the Blockland conference a few months back. He has a really neat startup that helps transform the world of ticketing using blockchain. This isn’t an easy problem to solve, as we learn, but after over a year and half, there’s a lot of headway being made. Find out more about the secondary markets for tickets and how we can empower the fans and artists to have the best access to these experiences.

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MattleadsTrue Tickets, a startup that makes buying, selling, and transferring entertainment tickets simple and safe through its end-to-end digital ticketing and data analytics platform. Prior to co-founding True Tickets Matt served as a Director of Innovation in Thales Group’s „Thales xPlor“. He applied Design Thinking concepts to identify, assess, & develop disruptive innovations for broader commercial applications (Blockchain & DLT, AI, Autonomous Vehicles, Augmented Reality, & Big Data). Prior to xPlor, Matt was a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting where he led growth, M&A, & innovation projects. Matt also served as a helicopter pilot in the US Navy.

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What Bitcoin Did #85 Bitcoin Math & Research With Andrew Poelstra

What Bitcoin Did #85 Bitcoin Math & Research With Andrew Poelstra

‚œMathematics is the art of finding patterns in logical structures and finding connections between seemingly apparently different structures.““ Andrew Poelstra

Interview location: Boston

Interview date: Saturday 9th March, 2019

Company: Blockstream

Role: Director of Research

I usually write a few paragraphs about each show, but with this interview, I struggled, primarily because Andrew’s work for Blockstream is so technically advanced that I didn’t know how to describe it, this might be why we had so much fun in this interview.

Before recording I watched Andrew’s presentation at the MIT Blockchain Expo where I understood nothing. Still, in this interview, we talk about math, signature technology, Bitcoin fungibility and his role researching Bitcoin.



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The Crypto Show: Anypay’s Derrick Freeman & Steven Zeiler On Anypay In Venezuela

The Crypto Show: Anypay’s Derrick Freeman & Steven Zeiler On Anypay In Venezuela

Today we caught up with Derrick J Freeman and Steven Zeiler the creators of Anypay.Global the POS system for Crypto Currency. The guy’s share the latest updates including plans to integrate in to Venezuela and the challenges that presents.



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The Tatiana Show Ep. 178 Caleb Slade of Salt

The Tatiana Show Ep. 178 Caleb Slade of Salt

Caleb and Tatiana have hung out at several conferences before, and she’s been a big supporter of the SALT team early on. However, at the Miami conference, they were able to get a bit further into exactly what SALT lending has to offer. It appears to be a pretty cool way to leverage your holdings, and it is a US based company, so the stricter laws may be helpful. Who knows? Do your own research, but get a taste of what they have to say on this short but sweet Tatiana Show.

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Caleb Slade is co-founder and chief knowledge officer at SALT where he is responsible for cultivating and maintaining a strong company culture. He spearheads education and evangelism efforts for SALT and blockchain technology at large, and is also responsible for leveraging insights to explore opportunities for SALT to stay both relevant and innovative. Prior to co-founding, Caleb worked in mobile application development, product design, branding, marketing, customer experience and engagement, and graphic design, as well as loan collateral repossession. Caleb’s work in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space for the past three years has allowed him to follow his passion for adapting emerging technologies into simple and impactful products. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado Denver.

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NetCents Technology unterzeichnet Vertrag mit ILO Crypto

NetCents Technology unterzeichnet Vertrag mit ILO Crypto

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NetCents Technology unterzeichnet Vertrag mit ILO Crypto

Vancouver (British Columbia), den 13. März 2019 – NetCents Technology Inc. (CSE: NC, Frankfurt: 26N, OTCQB: NTTCF) (NetCents oder das Unternehmen) freut sich bekanntzugeben, dass es einen Vertrag unterzeichnet hat, das die Verarbeitung von



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Proof of Love Ep. 6 Meditation & Astrology with Fred Steinmann

Proof of Love Ep. 6 Meditation & Astrology with Fred Steinmann

Fred Steinmann is an early supporter of the Proof of Love show and was eager to come on. We were intrigued by his mastery of astrology, as well as the random information he possesses in the world of „woo“. We talk a bit about meditation, synchronicity, and how he fell in love and knew it on the spot- this was the woman he was meant to be with! Very romantic, and apropos for the show! Quite a mix of topics, but if you want something different from your afternoon podcast? I think you came to the right place!

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Frederickstarted out his career in Public accounting at Cohn Reznick supporting a diverse range of clients from Warner Music Group, The Empire State Building, Juice Press to Gotham Bar and Grill. In 2007 Frederick joined Blackstone before the company completed it’s IPO and became a key member in implementing technological systems and designing processes to improve the global tax financial reporting function. During 7 years at Blackstone Frederick developed a proficiency in supporting a fast paced high growth financial services firm. In 2014 Frederick left Blackstone to begin his own consulting practice to work with companies, entrepreneurs and artists that are looking to impact theTriple Bottom Line. The search for properly valuing the triple bottom line led him to the nascent world of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. He currently advises clients on finance, strategy, business development and marketing. In 2017 Frederick joined Mondo NYC as the partner responsible for strategy and business development. In addition to being a CPA in New York State, Frederick studies the depth psychology of Carl Jung and practices Buddhism.

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What Bitcoin Did #84 Surveillance Capitalism With Amber Baldet

What Bitcoin Did #84 Surveillance Capitalism With Amber Baldet

‚œEvery tool is a weapon if you hold it right.““ Amber Baldet

Interview location: New York

Interview date: Wednesday 6th March, 2019

Company: Clovyr

Role: Founder

The line between data collection for commercial use and surveillance by the state has become blurred. Where the NSA tracks online user activity for crime prevention, Silicon Valley behemoths have become increasingly hungry for user data with the goal of building ever more targeted advertising solutions.

Within the world of cryptocurrencies, the requirement for KYC/AML checks has blurred the lines between data collection and state tracking.

Privacy is often touted as a fundamental human right, but our moves are tracked both online and in the real world at an increasingly alarming rate. In this interview I talk with Amber Baldet about the growth of surveillance capitalism, the impact on society as well as question recent Coinbase decisions and Web 3.0.

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#278 Daniel Lehnberg & Michael Cordner: Grin – Cypherpunk Mimblewimble

#278 Daniel Lehnberg & Michael Cordner: Grin – Cypherpunk Mimblewimble

Three years ago, a mysterious txt file signed by a pseudonymous Tom Elvis Jedusor was dropped in the Bitcoin-Wizards IRC channel outlining a proposal called Mimblewimble. It proposed a novel way of combining many ideas from Bitcoin research in order to create a new blockchain protocol that will be highly scalable and increase privacy, while still using the same cryptographic assumptions as Bitcoin. A few months later this project was picked up by another pseudonymous individual who started working on an implementation he called Grin. Grin slowly began to draw attention from the Bitcoin community and got a lot of traction.

We join Michael Cordner (Yeastplume) and Daniel Lehnberg, two of the core developers of the Grin blockchain. In this episode we discuss some topics around Grin’s cypherpunk origins, privacy and scalability features, no-premine fair start, and interesting monetary policy.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Origins of the Mimblewimble proposal and the prior work it draws upon
  • Andrew Poelstra’s contributions to improving and fixing the original proposal
  • Scalability and fast sync times achieved through mimblewimble’s UTXO set compression
  • How UTXO compression when combined with the Dandellion p2p protocol can increase privacy
  • Changes in user experience from Bitcoin to Mimblewimble
  • Beginning of the Grin project as an implementation of the Mimblewimble protocol
  • Comparision to BEAM, a competing Mimblewimble implementation
  • Innovating on fair Proof of Work through dual Cuckoo Cycle
  • Grin’s Monetary Policy and the Mining Fair Start

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