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


via michel fb share


These are famous papers. On your own, you appear to rediscover these results without knowing about the papers at all. So how would you describe how you teach yourself economics?

v: I guess it involves a combination of things. Some of it is reading what various economists on the internet say. Some of it is reading papers. Sometimes, if I want to dig into some topic more deeply, I end up reading books, like I read one on urban transportation economics a while back.

v: I also go to conferences. I was just at the Economics and Computation conference with Glen Weyl and other people in Ithaca last week, which I thought was very interesting.

v: It’s always kind of an indispensable opportunity to physically go to places and actually talk to people, because that way you learn things about both what people are thinking about and how people are thinking in the space that you can’t easily find from the internet.

v: I would say that cryptoeconomics (coined), first of all, is economics. It’s not like we’re inventing some completely different parallel society with a different parallel economy and different rules, but it is economics specialized to a particular set of circumstances. Then you have to ask yourself, “Well, what describes those circumstances?” There are a few major parts to that answer…First of all, whatever mechanisms you have in cryptoeconomics land have to be fully specified exactly — not exactly to the standards of a court judge, but exactly to the standards of a computer programmer. What that means is that there’s a lot of things that you can’t do..can’t say in cryptoeconomics, “It’s illegal to bribe people,” because there’s really no simple way to define what a bribe is…cannot throw me in jail. You cannot socially ostracize me so I can’t earn any money again because I can always just switch identities.

v:Basically we’re trying to figure out, given these constraints and given these building blocks, what kind of systems and what kind of mechanisms can we design to achieve the properties that we want? And under what kinds of assumptions do those properties hold?

ie: hlb via 2 convers that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

what we need most: the energy of 7bn alive people

v: (answering what kinds of problems want to solve): this situation where you realize the kinds of problems that you run into when you try to incentivize behavior..Then, under those kinds of conditions, trying to figure out what is the right way to motivate Alice and motivate Bob while preserving all sorts of different properties.

v: another whole aspect is also the broader and social question of how will blockchain-based systems actually end up affecting society?

What is a blockchain’s unique competitive advantage? 

competitive.. how about.. it’s potential to work for everyone

v: I thought that the general idea that a blockchain is one of the few tools that allows you to credibly commit to not turning into a monopolistic jerk is actually a really interesting insight and one that I have arrived at myself, but it definitely helps to have it be crystallized in that way.

v: One of the analogies I keep going back to is this idea of a “world computer.” The idea, basically, is that a blockchain, as a whole, functions like a computer. It has a hard drive, and on that hard drive, it stores what all the accounts are…It stores what the code of all the smart contracts is, what the memory of all these smart contracts is. I

why contracts..? why not just store curiosity..?

v: I try to make myself maximally accessible in a bunch of ways, try to bring different people in different communities together,

what we need is for the tech to listen to all of us (7bn+) .. everyday .. as it could be.. ie: 2 convers.. as infra

v: I don’t really think that there are many legal or regulatory changes that can help, at least on the technological development side, because ultimately the US already has all of these code-is-free-speech precedents, and most other countries, even those without significant free speech protections, are still willing to follow along in principle.

I think for development in tech, the environment is very close to as friendly as it can be. The next question is, of course, the question of what happens when the tech is built and you start talking about actual wider deployment and adoption.

whoa.. we can do so much better.. ie: gershenfeld something else law.. to get us to meadows undisturbed ecosystem

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commenter on michel’s thread:

Chris Cook Vitalik is a very smart, clearly open person who appears to be ‘on the side of the angels’.
Can’t ask for more.


thread via vinay rt

1. Time for a brief tweetstorm on non-financial applications of blockchains. As blockchain scalability gets better and better, and UX improves and fees drop as a result, this will become a bigger and bigger part of the story.

Original Tweet:

how about one on non-measuring/validating applications of blockchain

[both are irrelevant – gupta roadblock law]

ie: hlb via 2 convers as infra that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

let’s just facil daily curiosity  ie: cure ios city

tech/blockchain.. as it could be..


Great report from @davidzmorris about what we heard Vitalik Buterin say yesterday at #RadicalXChange:
Original Tweet:

Vitalik Buterin called for blockchain developers to think proactively about how their work can build new systems for organizing society, instead of just tools for privacy and independence..t

host-life-bits via daily curiosity  ie: cure ios city..

Buterin argued, the world needs bolder ideas to build a better society. .t

ie: 2 convers as infra via tech/blockchain as it could be..

In other words, Buterin now sees blockchain projects not just as tools for escaping offline societies—as the cypherpunks saw the online world—but as models and resources for improving those societies.

His speech, as a kind of capstone to the work he has been doing with Weyl, shows Buterin transitioning from his role as a tech innovator, into that of a thinker concerned with the biggest questions facing society as a whole.


nathan schneider and vitalik buterin on blockchain and cryptocurrency ness:

Responding to (and largely agreeing with) Nathan Schneider @ntnsndr’s piece on blockchain governance and moving beyond financialization:
Also a good opportunity to expand on the language of collusion prevention.
Original Tweet:

There is plenty of room for blockchain-based systems that do not look like money, and indeed we need more of them.

ie: hosting daily curiosities.. so that we can use them to augment our interconnectedness rather than trying to measure/account for anything (any form of m\a\p)