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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 9, 2022


Preston Van Loon, cofounder and Ethereum core developer at Prysmatic Labs, talks about the Merge, its impact on an environmental level, and why he is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Treasury Department over Tornado Cash. 


Show highlights:

  • what the Merge is on a technical level and what its impact will be 
  • whether the proof of stake consensus mechanism makes the network more decentralized and secure
  • what happens if the Merge fails and whether there’s a contingency plan
  • why Preston founded Prysmatic Labs and how Prysm works
  • what the next steps are for Ethereum and what the community is working on
  • whether Preston thinks a proof of work Ethereum fork would succeed
  • when and how Ethereum’s high fees and scaling issues are going to be resolved
  • why Preston joined the lawsuit against the US Treasury over the Tornado Cash sanctions
  • how Preston would celebrate a successful Ethereum Merge

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Episode Links


Previous Coverage of Unchained on the Merge:


Lawsuit against the US Treasury:


The Merge:


ETH Post-Merge Dynamics: