vitalik buterin

vitalik buterin

intro’d to Vitalik in this convo with Nikola (at the time Vitalik is the 26 yr old chief scientist with ethereum):

Ethereum is a Decentralized Consensus Platform

july 2015

on using bitcoin ness in other realms… basic problem that bitcoin solved that digital space was looking out for 30 years was a time stamping problem.. blockchain came out with first solution

other uses than money, ie: domain registration… any kind of application that can benefit from being able to tell when original sent

ethereum.. take this general idea and make it abstract… de centralized consensus system… operating system that you can build on top of any feature

redefine decision making.. ie: disengage (gupta roadblock law) from ie: consensus

6 min – idea of platform completely in the background


15 min – my dream – take internet forward and take it to its logical conclusion… which i don’t know for sure… but ie: mesh networking (what if anyone can participate),

17 min – turing completeness (a computation that has loops) not all that relevant

22 min – ethereum is the platform, ether is the oil that makes it work – regulating/mediating computation

26 min – on renting out space (dropbox ish) and computational work and bandwidth

27 min – non financial category… ie: de centralized govt… coorp.. org.. decentralized voting… reputation systems… credential systems.. name registration… ie: a decentralized twitter…

31 min – on how the decentralized drop box works… creating redundant nodes so that any one of them can re create the whole

32 min – ethereum not a currency.. a platform.. so you can use whatever currency you want

35 min – ecosystem of apps – we’re calling them daps – so that like java – people can benefit from them without understanding them

37 min – on ethereum being both less/more efficient

39 min – consensus system – tells you what happens in what order, state system verifies

47 min – algorithms not locked can evolve over time

48 min – ethereum is not a currency.. it’s an abstract platform that lets you do whatever you want

57 min – on buying ether..

? – doesn’t sound equitable… so doesn’t sound like it’s on a road to the full potential of the web..? no?

on ethereum not being currency  ie: bitcoin – hard to change the system within the system

so – why do we need a floss (structure for flok) or ethereum or ?

resonant of Ed and lms. first we used moodle, then ning, then facebook & twitter, the web in house/city, the mobiles/chalkboards in city..

can’t we just use w w w


nov 2014

Finalists in these categories include American astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Vitalik Buterin, founder of the much-hyped “Bitcoin 2.0″ platform Ethereum.

In fact, Buterin and Zuckerberg were up against each other in the same category, “IT software.” Surely, Zuckerberg was a shoe-in, right? He’s the celebrity name, the natural choice. But Vitalik Buterin was chosen over Zuckerberg, winning this year’s World Technology Award for IT Software.

Buterin was specifically recognized for his work with Ethereum, as well as for founding Bitcoin Magazine.

For Ethereum to be recognized by such a body, whose members include thousands of industry and thought leaders like Bill Gates, filmmaker James Cameron, Richard Dawkins, X PRIZE founder Peter Diamandis, Nintendo founder Shigeru Miyamoto, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the internet, is a great victory for the cryptocurrency movement and for blockchain technology’s recognition in general.

Tim (founder of www) – would love to know what he says of ethereum..


on continuing to google about blockchain replacing servers.. found Rachel O’dwyer addressing it via Vitalik:

Blockchain innovations that manage networks, servers or natural resources really do radicalise infrastructure. We’re no longer speaking about monolithic resources with prohibitive barriers to entry, the quintessential server farm housed in some distant industrial estate. Instead, we can imagine infrastructure as something immaterial and dispersed, or managed through flexible and transient forms of ownership. Where powerful servers, channels and processing capacities seem like the primary chokepoint of open networks, the blockchain is a powerful antidote. As Buterin argues in a recent interview:

We would build a decentralised Internet network where all of us would access documents and content..

without going through a server.

It means that you will need zero infrastructure to develop and distribute applications.

find/follow Vitalik:

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wikipedia small

Vitalik Buterin is a programmer, writer, founder of Ethereum, the decentralized web 3.0 publishing platform and co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine, a website and print magazine that covers bitcoin-related topics. In 2014, Buterin won the World Technology Award for the co-creation and invention of Ethereum. Buterin was born in Russia, grew up in Canada, and currently resides in Zug, Switzerland.

Buterin became interested in bitcoin in 2011, and co-founded the periodical Bitcoin Magazine that year. He serves as head writer for the magazine, and has written about bitcoin-related topics for other publications, including Bitcoin Weekly. He is a co-creator and inventor of Ethereum, described as a “decentralized mining network and software development platform rolled into one” that facilitates the creation of new cryptocurrencies and programs that share a single block chain (a cryptographic transaction ledger).





Vinay Gupta

Gavin Wood

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money less 

radical econ


primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted at 6:17 AM – 15 Dec 2016 :

What are #blockchain for? Decentralized “stateful” apps: e.g. currency, certificate registration/revocation—@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi (

in my head/heart… like saying.. what is ic for.. measuring melt times in made up scenarios
ie:how long to melt via dragon fire

rather.. imagine if we used blockchain to make ‘stateful’ apps irrelevant

primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted at 6:18 AM – 15 Dec 2016 :

#blockchain are politically decentralized, architecturally decentralized, but are logically centralized—@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi (

primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted at 6:21 AM – 15 Dec 2016 :

#blockchain-based app have taken over 1/3 of the overall crowd-funding ecosystem —@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi (

primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted at 6:20 AM – 15 Dec 2016 :

Logical centralization means that there is one single point of reference that everyone agrees with—@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi (

let’s try.. a & a.. via self talk as data .. so reg’s: 2 convos as the day

primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted at 6:18 AM – 15 Dec 2016 :

#blockchain is about creating decentralized application with “state” so that everyone can see all operations. —@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi (

use blockchain to make state ness irrelevant.. so.. no need to observe them

primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted at 6:24 AM – 15 Dec 2016 :

#DAO are complex stateful computer code that can control its own assets and incentivize people to do things—@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi (

dao: In computer software, a data access object (DAO) is an object that provides an abstract interface to some type of database or other persistence mechanism. By mapping application calls to the persistence layer, DAO provide some specific data operations without exposing details of the database.

and if control of  assets and incentives irrelevant..?
imagine possibilities of blockchain ness

primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted at 6:27 AM – 15 Dec 2016 :

What if the code has a problem? writing bug-free code is easy, but making complex bug-free code is hard —@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi (

primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted at 6:28 AM – 15 Dec 2016 :

Formal verification is about using software to check other software for “correctness”—but what is correctness? @VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi (

yeah…for all the things …thinkings…

primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted at 6:29 AM – 15 Dec 2016 :

Fairness cant be defined in deterministic manner; need to reduce the gap between intuition and implementation—@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi (


reduce gap/lag

primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted at 6:30 AM – 15 Dec 2016 :

If we can define “fairness” in a computational way, we can create a friendly AI—@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi (

ie: everyone getting a go everyday

3 and 30 and self-talk as data for algo

primavera (@yaoeo) tweeted

#blockchain are not just technologies, they are living and breathing social institutions—@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi

Top challenges for #blockchain in 2016: scalability, privacy, latency, security—@VitalikButerin #COALAnairobi

scalability: so have prob deep/simple/open enough

privacy: just happens.. ie: how do i hide and still be out there..? have gershenfeld sel

latency: shorten lag time between intention and action..  sync matters.. so ..of all of us using mech

security: irrelevant.. gershenfeld sel.. to ps in the open


Daria Suvorova (@Daria_Suv) tweeted at 10:36 AM – 24 Apr 2017 :

Ethereum’s Boy King Is Thinking About Giving Up the Mantle via @motherboard (

But the political tumult of 2016 changed his mind—he now says he has more in common with Angela Merkel than with Trump supporters or militant anti-fascists. He doesn’t think everybody’s nice anymore; the world is split into “tribes,” he said, and the only way to make them work together is with money.

The way that I view economic incentives is that it is, in a lot of ways, the lowest common denominator,” meaning the easiest way to motivate people, Buterin said. “Maybe two or three years ago, I would have been more sympathetic to the idea that people being nice to each other and helping their neighbours was the lowest common denominator, but then I realized that people are willing to do totally mean things to people outside of their tribe.”

Thus, Ethereum and its underlying philosophy: so-called “crypto-economics,” or the idea is that with math and money, competing and even adversarial interests can be made to find equilibrium, in Buterin’s eyes. At the end of the day, money is the “story” that gives people faith in this system.

whoa.. sad

money is made up man..

there’s a nother way

haven’t read whole piece closely yet


Ethereum Network (@EthereumNetw) tweeted at 10:08 PM – 2 Feb 2018 :

Vitalik Buterin Donates $2.4 Million to SENS, Non-Profit Working on Diseases of Aging (


april 2018

Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin on the bitcoin bubble and running a $125bn blockchain