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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

Sep 16, 2022

Justin Drake, researcher at the Ethereum Foundation, talks about the Merge, how this transition affects Bitcoin, where Ethereum’s road map is going, and more. 


Show highlights:

  • how Justin was feeling prior to and during the Merge
  • whether the upgrade is complete or there are other things to watch out for
  • why Ethereum has slashing and why it is a better form of removing any attackers
  • the concern about centralization due to liquid staking derivatives providers, like Lido or Coinbase
  • how the Merge affects MEV and the long-term vision of proposer-builder separation
  • whether the Merge puts pressure on BTC to also transition to proof of stake
  • what impact ETH’s more deflationary nature will have on BTC’s narrative as digital gold
  • why Ethereum is the settlement layer for the internet of value
  • whether there is a winner take all dynamic in the blockchain industry
  • why Ethereum is more secure than Bitcoin, according to Justin
  • what Justin thinks about the ETHPoW fork and its team and the risks of interacting with the ETHPoW fork
  • the next steps in Ethereum’s roadmap



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Previous Coverage of Unchained on the Merge:



The Merge:


ETH Post-Merge Dynamics:


Post Merge MEV:


ETH Proof of Work


Ethereum’s roadmap:

Haym on Ethereum’s roadmap