An Interesting Debate on Open and Closed Blockchain Technology Implementation Models by InBlox Network

Thank you so much Inblox Network and Inblox Events for kindly featuring the excerpts of my thoughts on the topic – Public Chains v/s Private Chains from our fierce debate on historic, economic and societal aspects of blockchain technology. The reflections from this creative conversation is still fresh in our emerging context of innovations and intricacies in the roadmap to scalability and security in distributed ledgers. Please let me share these thoughts to invite your thoughts on the road to a meaningful metamorphosis in the pursuits for scalability in public blockchains and the pursuits for purpose in private blockchains. 

Blockchain Pedagogic Methods for Engineering Education System in India

I had an opportunity to talk about Blockchain Technology and its building blocks to the students and faculties of MCA department in Jain University in Bangalore.

It was a great experience to reflect on effective knowledge sharing strategies and pedagogic methods in the context of Blockchain technology. Students seem to have good awareness about the importance of cryptography in the Blockchain technology at the outset.

However, they are not well versed in the concepts like consensus algorithms, synchronous and asynchronous processes, time stamping, merkle tree etc. I could see that the history and emergence of Blockchain technology through CypherPunk and Cryptoanarchist community was not much exciting to them.

Differentiating Blockchain Technology from Relational Database Management Systems

They were all attentive when I demonstrated Ganache UI and the Geth client. They were very curious when I demonstrated the use of Remix IDE and the Solidity syntax. All together it was a reflective and pedagogic experience to converse with young and ignited minds about Blockchain Technology.

Designing an Open Innovation Ecosystem through Lean, Agile, Exponential Methods

A sustainable innovation ecosystem emerges from the passionate and persistent efforts of a lean and agile team evolving through a perseverant and progressive environment. It is how we sum up the experience in designing, building, operating an innovation lab in an evolving and enchanting city of Thiruvananthapuram. This video is a reflection and recollection of this journey from a humble beginning within a corporate innovation lab facility to a transformational open innovation ecosystem that could partner with global research hubs such as MIT, Stanford University, TU Delft, Russian Quantum Centre, CSIR etc. This Digital Innovation Lab could also become the epic centre of research scholars and thought leaders from across India from academic institutions such as KTU, VIT, CUSAT, BITS Pilani etc. We could create a transformational impact on the innovation ecosystem in Kerala through this digital technology hub as we pivoted ourselves to the lean startup culture and agile program management methods. Looking forward to your views and thoughts on this journey !

An Opportunity to present in the SCTECH 2020 – A Global Supply Chain Management Conference

SCTECH 2020 is a global event connecting where the supply chain strategy, operations, finance, sustainability, engineering & financial professionals come together every year to share technology & practices focusing on efficiency/profitability. This year, due to COVID-19, SCTECH2020 is a Virtual Conference. Deloitte, EY, BCG, Morpheus.Network and (ISCEA -International Supply Chain Education Alliance) are the key sponsors of this event. It is my pleasure and privilege to be a speaker and panelist in this premier event together with the eminent leaders and visionaries like Dr. Marcell VollmerMassimo BuonomoCynthia Kalina-Kaminsky, Ph.D.Ednilson BernardesAnn RosenbergRobert KepczynskiChris Turner, etc. I am truly grateful to Thorsten Mebs, and ISCEA for the kind invitation and support to contribute to the future forward perspectives on supplychain finance, digitisation and sustainability. Please visit the SCTECH 2020 website for further details >>

DEFCON 28 – A Deep Dive on Delay Functions !

In the DEFCON 28, Tejaswa Rastogi and myself teamed up to present our research on integrating a new kind of cryptography powered randomness for radical markets blending RANDAO and Verifiable Delay Functions (VDF) to prevent DoS and DDoS attacks on Ethereum 2.0 beacon chains. This was inspired by our work in StarkWare Veedo Streak Hackathon earlier this year. Today we are continuing this work in EPIC Knowledge Society in a project known as ‘TemereNet’. We have also recently integrated VDF powered decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO) contracts using the Veedo Beacon Contracts created by StarkWare into our FusionLedger specification for emerging and exponential use cases in electronic auctions, electronic pricing, electronic invoicing networks, electronic voting etc. Please connect with us if you would like to understand more about the power of cryptography and consensus in creating radical markets powered by decentralisation.

A Session on Future Frontiers of Cryptography at Altered2020

It is really import to converse about the foundations and frontiers of cryptography to the creative and curious future forward minds. In the altered global landscape, cryptography will have a pivotal and prominent role in ensuring privacy, integrity, confidentiality, integrity, resilience, robustness, and fault tolerance of distributed computing and deep learning systems across digital economy.

It is really exciting to take a session on the future frontiers of cryptography in the “Altered 2020”. This is an Emerging Technology focused virtual event organised by IEEE MBCET Chapter.

Thank you so much RedTeam Hacker Academy Pvt. Ltd. CEO Jaizal Ali for inviting me to be part of this event. Thank you Fazal Marakkar – Google ADwords Certified for creative campaigns !

I will be covering the core concepts of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography with a reference to contemporary advancements such as homomorphic encryption, zero knowledge proofs, differential privacy, quantum randomness, multiparty computation, quantum cryptography and post quantum cryptography in this session.

Let me invite all security and privacy enthusiasts to register to this pioneering event ! https://altered.splashthat.com/

Future Frontiers of Cryptography

Algorand – A Blockchain Protocol with Random Algorithms and Dynamic Crypto Economics

Dear All, I would like to share an introductory video on Algorand protocol that I have recorded for the recently concluded India Dapp Fest. In this video we are talking about the main cryptographic and crypto-economic concepts powering this protocol.

It is a pragmatic protocol towards achieving #BlockchainScalability in a cost effective manner. It is leveraging randomness based algorithms ( that is why it is called ‘Algo-Rand’ in the place of famous and historic ‘Proof of Work’. It has constructed a ‘Pure Proof of stake’ using verifiable random functions (VRF). This protocol is a convergence of a lot of advanced engineering techniques like key management demon, REST based web services etc. It is designed by the inventor of #ZeroKnowledgeProof, Professor Silvio Micali himself.

We will share more details on Algorand in the coming days !! We have a digital community in India in Bengaluru. It is one of the first communities of Algorand in Asia itself. Looking forward to your active participation to contribute ideas, innovations and inventions in this community. You can find more about this community online : https://community.algorand.org/bengaluru/

Memoirs of an Innovation Workshop at DCSMAT Wagamon

The moments of curiosity and creativity from the Digital Innovation focused workshop at DCSMAT Wagamon at Idukki, Kerala are very much alive !! We spent quality time with a community of enthusiastic business management students in this lush green lovely campus. Let me share a video story of this memorable workshop with you …

Applying Analytics for the Digitisation of Interactions, Processes and Things

The scope and scale of analytics is ever widening with the latent manifestation of emergent properties in data at rest and data in motion.

Following diagram from MIT Technology Review article on the emerging technology trends summarises the perimeters of applying analytics for the lifecycle of digital interactions, processes and things.

Copyright : MIT Technology Review

Analytics for monitoring could be applied at a systemic scale and dimension when it is for a business problem at scale. Analytics for monitoring could be relevant and suitable for microscopic interactions and control when it is applied for fast data and small data related problems. Both system analytics and control analytics are intuitive and non-interpretative in nature.

Predictive and process analytics are dynamic and interpretive in nature as it analytics is the input to a logic constructed priori. The scale and scope of context varies in process and predictive analysis methods. Process analytics is mostly prescriptive and descriptive in nature whereas predictive analytics is exploratory and ephemeral in nature.

Blockchain Scalability Dialogues : Sharding, StateChannels, SideChains and ScaleCube Metrics

Blockchain Scalability techniques and the scale cube metrics has made my Saturday morning live and loud ! I had the pleasure and privilege to take a live streaming webinar session on Blockchain Scalability – Architectures and Algorithms for the TechAthena community founded by technology leaders Shalaka Verma and Deepthi Annie.

Blockchain Scalability – Architectures and Algorithms

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, 10:00 AM

Online Webinar / Webcast
Mumbai Mumbai, IN

95 Members Attending

Blockchain Scalability is one of the most significant concern for Minimum Viable Blockchain Implementation. It is one of the key aspects determining the relevance and feasibility of Blockchain Technology for a particular use case. This session will cover the fundamental aspects of distributed computing that determine the contours of scalability. S…

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During the initial interaction itself TechAthena community set their expectations clear. They are looking for a session on Blockchain technology beyond a product pitch or a corporate narrative. Hence I did a deep dive on Blockchain Scalability techniques from the vantage point of defining scalability of distributed systems with a specific focus on decentralised scaling.

I could lay out the most prominent Blockchain scalability techniques such as StateChannels, Sidechains, Offchain computation, Sharding, Replicated State Machines, Directed Acyclic Graphs, Gossip Protocols, variants of voting consensus algorithms, vertical and horizontal scaling etc. My presentation from this session is uploaded to SlideShare for further reviews and references. Request your thought and views.

During my preparations for the webinar, I could realise that fundamental postulates such as CAP theorem, Partial Synchronous processors etc. lay at the bottom of the Blockchain Scalability Constraints. It was a clear realisation that Consensus algorithms are not the bottlenecks in Blockchain scalability. Blockchain Trilemma coined by Vitalik Buterin underlined the need for factoring in Scalability trade offs in conjunction with decentralisation and security. I could easily comprehend the fact that in the contours of Blockchain, Decentralisation, Transparency and Scalability are the most important notions.

For a Blockchain evangelist, security and privacy gets redefined within the terrains of transparency. It is quite an interesting dimension. I could also connect with the scale cube defined in the book ‘Art of Scalability’ along with the Blockchain Scalability Trilemma and CAP theorem.

All together it was a great beginning to the weekend together with a network of hundred plus Blockchain evangelists. Thank you TechAthena community once again ! You can find the YouTube recording of the Webinar in the following channel. Request your views and thoughts.