Monero Talk

Is Monero the truest cryptocurrency?

About the show

Monero Talk broadcasts weekly conversations on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/monerotalk) with topical guests to understand what the Monero cryptocurrency is today and what it hopes to become.

We strive to give birth to new Monero users by simply reporting on the facts in our search to answer the question--Is Monero the truest cryptocurrency of them all? In staying true to the Monero ethos, we aim to always be skeptical. While we are Monero Talk by name, and Monero devotees at heart, the intention of the show is to ultimately discover and support the one blockchain that is most aligned with the original cypherpunk and crypto-anarchist ideals that cryptocurrency was born from. And the one that is most likely to succeed at becoming true digital cash. So far, we believe Monero is the one.

Guests include:
The developers and researchers working on the open source core protocol and the cryptography behind it;
The people building the projects and infrastructure supporting the protocol;
Privacy advocates and people building privacy enhancing technologies;
Analysts and investors speculating on Monero's growth;
Journalists and pundits weighing in on Monero's place in the crypto-sphere; and
Respected (sometimes controversial) contributors and community members.

If you enjoyed the show & would like to support us, a donation of any size would be greatly appreciated and would mean so much!

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Episodes

  • Monero Coffee Chat - 2019.04.06

    April 6th, 2019  |  53 mins 27 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, monerocoffeechat, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews
  • Is Monero digital cash? w/ Riccardo Spagni aka Fluffypony

    April 4th, 2019  |  1 hr 17 mins
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, digitalcash, fluffypony, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, riccardospagni, tari, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    We asked Riccardo Spagni, aka @fluffypony, aka the CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) of Monero some big questions !
    Is Monero the truest crypto currency of them all? Is Monero humanities greatest hope against the rise of surveillance capitalism?
    What motivates you to work in Monero? Are you a crypto anarchist or cypherpunk trying to build tech that will give humans more liberty ?
    Is Monero more aligned with cypherpunk/cryptoanarchist ideals than bitcoin? Why aren’t the idealist Bitcoiners like Andreas Antonopolous more serious about Monero ?
    Is bitcoin is dangerous because it fools very smart people into opting into a future where all our transactions on our transparent ledger?
    Do we even have want to be added to Coinbase now? Not being added seems to be the best indicator that we are doing something right. Coinbase can’t handle true digital cash.
    What are reproducible builds? Will they help make Monero more decentralized in terms of development?
    Is bitcoin digital gold? Isn’t Monero be better digital gold since it’s fungible at the protocol level?
    Do you think it will be one coin to rule them all?
    How do you feel about the state of Monero today? Are we currently digital cash? Have we achieved it ?
    Is Monero’s mining more decentralized than Bitcoin’s?
    What strategy will Monero be taking to thwart ASICs?
    When will ASICs become commoditized and when we will we welcome them on the Monero network?
    What can be done to prevent an undetectable inflation bug in Monero ? Is it possible to be perfectly binding and blinding?
    What do you think about Monero’s tail emission v Bitcoin’s fixed supply ? Is Monero effectively more secure because of it? Is it possible that one day Bitcoin’s max cap will have to be raised? Isn’t gold disinflationary like Monero?
    What do people mean when they say Monero can’t scale? We have dynamic blocksizes? Is it that transactions and the blockchain are too large and you can’t run full nodes? Won’t moors law save us?
    Will Monero have Lightning Network?
    Will it have a Mimblwimble sidechain?
    Why isn’t an ICO use case for Tari ever discussed?
    What do you think of the new SEC guidance? Is it another reason why we should move away from pow tweaks?

  • Italian government to test a Monero based online voting system with Vincenzo Di Nicola, Calogero Mandracchia & Raffaele Nicodemo

    March 30th, 2019  |  50 mins 31 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, blockchainvotingsystem, calogeromandracchia, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, italianvotingsystem, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, raffaelenicodemo, technology, vincenzodinicola, xmr, xmrnews

    Vincenzo Di Nicola is an advisor to the Italian government and the Republic of San Marino. He recently announced that he is working with the Italian government on testing an online voting system that runs on the Monero network.

  • RandomX by October with Howard Chu, Tevador and Needmoney90

    March 27th, 2019  |  55 mins 29 secs
    asic, bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, howardchu, monero, moneronews, needmoney90, privacy, privacycoin, randomx, technology, tevador, xmr, xmrnews

    @hyc_symas -- the creator of RandomJS (the genesis of RandomX)
    Tevador -- the lead developer of RandomX
    Needmoney90 -- Monero Reddit moderator and all things Monero expert.

    We discuss what transpired during the recent IRC developers meeting on a Proof of Work plan of action for Monero. Particularly, we discuss the communities goal of implementing RandomX in October (if an audit is successfully completed by then) and what the following steps will be if RandomX does not successfully thwart Asics -- switching to SHA-3 or another egalitarian proof of work. All-in-all it is exciting times as we watch the developers reach consensus on a plan of action to uphold one of Monero's tenants -- maintaining a decentralized mining network.

    I also gave Howard, NeedMoney90, and Tevador and opportunity to respond to the Kristy Leigh Minehan interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZZF4BqIDrk

  • Is ASIC resistance futile with Kristy Leigh Minehan

    March 23rd, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins
    asic, asicresistant, bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, kristyleighminehan, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    We discuss proof of work and Monero's strategy for preserving a decentralized mining network to remain as censorship resistant digital cash. Is ASIC resistance futile?

  • Mitchell Krawiec-Thayer, PH.D of the Monero Research Lab

    March 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, dynamicblocksize, mitchellkrawiecthayer, monero, moneronews, moneroresearchlab, noncesenserearch, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    A chat with Mitchell Krawiec-Thayer of the Monero Research lab on his involvement in Monero, an explanation of dynamic blocksize and the recent upgrades made to avoid Big Bang attacks, and his opinion on some of the big questions in Monero Land.

  • Monero Coffee Chat - 2019.03.09

    March 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 58 mins
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, march9hardfork, monero, monerocoffeechat, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews
  • Will Bitcoin ever have to raise the 21 million supply cap?

    March 7th, 2019  |  54 mins 15 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, brian_trollz, btccoincap, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, mattluongo, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Round table w/ Matt Luongo (Founder @thesis_co) & @brian_trollz (of @blockdigest) to discuss the pros & cons of Bitcoin's capped coin supply vs. other methods like Monero's disinflationary emission curve!

  • Monero Network Upgrade and Cake Wallet updates with Knife of Pi

    March 1st, 2019  |  30 mins 49 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, cakewallet, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, knifeofpi, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, updates, xmr, xmrnews

    We talk with Knife of Pi of the Cake Wallet Team on the new features they just added to Cake, like the icloud backup option. We also chat about Monero's upcoming March 9th Network upgrade.

  • Breaking Monero Episode 10: Public Mining Pools

    February 25th, 2019  |  19 mins 55 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, breakingmonero, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, publicminingpools, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Public mining pools provide a service to miners, but they also reveal a lot of output information that observers can use to learn more about transactions. Sarang and Justin discuss the impact of these and ways users can optionally reduce their exposure to these risks.

  • MoneroBox is a super simple Monero full node

    February 22nd, 2019  |  42 mins 20 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, jasonwong, monero, monerobox, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, remotenode, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    We talk with Jason Wong about the super simple zero configuration Monero Full Node he has created. Now anyone can purchase and run a full node with just a quick plug-in.

  • What is Wownero? With lead developer @JWgealt

    February 15th, 2019  |  52 mins 26 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, wownero, xmr, xmrnews

    What is Wownero and should the Monero community care about it?
    With John W. Murphy aka @jwgealt

  • Monero Coffee Chat - 2019.02.09

    February 9th, 2019  |  56 mins 37 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, monerocoffeechat, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews
  • OpenBazaar & Monero a shared ethos w/ Brian Hoffman and Co.

    February 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins
    bitcoin, blockchain, brianhoffman, crypto, cryptocurrency, cryptoshops, decentralized, mikegreenberg, monero, moneronews, ob1, openbazaar, openmarket, openmarketplace, privacy, privacycoin, steviezollo, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    We talk with Brian Hoffman and his OB1 team, Stevie Zollo & Mike Greenberg on why open marketplaces like OpenBazaar and digital cash like Monero are necessary to preserve open and free societies in this internet age.

  • Breaking Monero Episode 09 Poisoned Outputs (EAE Attack)

    February 8th, 2019  |  31 mins 41 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, breakingmonero, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, moneronews, poisonedoutputs, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Monero's ring signatures provide plausible deniability, but they aren't perfect. We model examples where two colluding parties 'E' attempt to learn information about an individual 'A.' By sending outputs to individuals and tracing their transaction graphs, these colluding parties may perform powerful statistical tests to learn significant information, especially for repeated transactions where they would not normally occur by chance.

  • Breaking Monero Episode 08 - Timing Attacks

    February 5th, 2019  |  17 mins 22 secs
    bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, cryptocurrency, decentralized, monero, moneronews, privacy, privacycoin, technology, xmr, xmrnews

    Information on when users run nodes, sync wallets, and send transactions can be used to learn more about Monero users. We discuss some of the network topography concerns and offer some ways for users to mitigate their exposure to timing heuristics.