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Bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney talks zk proofs in 25-year-old unearthed footage

  • Hal Finney, an early Bitcoin pioneer, discussed zero-knowledge proofs more than 25 years ago.
  • The video footage, supposedly from a conference in 1998, showcases Finney explaining the concept of zero-knowledge proofs.
  • In the video, Finney demonstrates how zero-knowledge proofs could be used on a SHA-1 hash without revealing any details about the message.
  • Zero-knowledge proofs allow one user to convince another user that a claim is true without disclosing any specifics about the claim itself.
  • At the time, zero-knowledge proofs were considered possible but inefficient or impractical due to hardware limitations.
  • Currently, there is significant discussion in the crypto industry about implementing zero-knowledge proofs, particularly for scaling the Ethereum network.
  • Hal Finney made significant contributions to the cryptocurrency industry, including the creation of the first reusable Proof of Work system.
  • In 2009, Finney received the first-ever Bitcoin transfer from Satoshi Nakamoto.
  • Some have speculated that Finney could be Satoshi Nakamoto, but he denied the theory.
  • Finney passed away in 2014 due to complications from ALS.

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