22.12.2018 - Surprise Holiday AMA with Charles Hoskinson


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Charles hosted a surprise holiday AMA this weekend. You can watch it here and see a list of the questions answered below.

First, Charles started with two announcements. Firstly, he shared a bit of information about the IOHK Summit. In past years, this was an annual event, which was ordinarily only for IOHK employees. In 2018, it was held in January in Lisbon, Portugal. Following this event, there was overwhelming feedback from the community that it should be opened up to the public. Therefore, in 2019, the IOHK summit will do just that! It will be moved a little later in the year from January to the end of Q1/beginning of Q2. The public portion of the IOHK summit will have presentations on the research and ideas of Cardano as well as other announcements. Keep an eye out for the coming website that will have further details.

Secondly, Charles gives an update on the research side of things. There are still lots of papers being published and many are working their way through peer review. IOHK is also hiring cryptographic engineers. This role will look after implementing the more exotic and next generation protocols (such as SGX and NPC; like the papers on Kaleidoscope and Royale). These protocols are more complicated as they require multi-party computation so they need specialized teams. If you’re interested in working for IOHK, please do check out their Careers page (https://iohk.io/careers/) .

Now onto his AMA:

  1. Does hosting a stake pool make you a slot leader? What are the differences and responsibilities?
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  2. Will we have a side chain for security tokens?
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  3. Some political activists I follow online have been banned from PayPal and even had banks refuse to allow them to open an account. Can crypto somehow become a solution to help these people?
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  4. When shorter addresses?
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  5. I completely disabled all Anti-Virus, stuck at 0% restoration for a day.
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  6. Will staking be possible on a mobile version of Yoroi?
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  7. Can you talk about ADA and ETC and some of the plans you have with the interaction between the two?
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  8. How easy will it be for projects on Ethereum to switch over to ADA?
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  9. Does ADA have any plans for a DAPP platform?
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  10. How can you compete against current modes of payment such as credit cards and these types of things?
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  11. ​Why would those very big powers like banks and government allow a decentralized system?
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  12. Could you elaborate on your storage (hardware) card you have shown twice?
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  13. How do you see the role of Cardano Foundation in 2019 now that Nathan Kaiser is chairman, will we see significant partnerships with governments and banks?
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  14. Why was the max supply of ADA (45 Billion) chosen instead of a smaller supply similar to Bitcoin that has 21 million?
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  15. Can we donate to the Cardano Foundation?
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  16. Please talk about your plans for Plutus hackathons and getting devs onboard to learn Plutus.
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  17. Where in Wyoming are you moving IOHK to?
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