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Mar 22, 2021

Justin Drake is a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation and is leading the charge of applied cryptography to the Ethereum network. Last time he was on the podcast, we discussed cryptography as the foundation for what we called โ€˜Moon Math.โ€™

This week, Justin returns to the show to discuss Ethereumโ€™s economic engine and how its design decisions (EIP-1559, Proof-Of-Stake, Issuance, etc.) emerges as an incredibly bullish evolution of sound money: Ultra Sound Money.
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๐ŸŽ™๏ธ 57 - Ultra Sound Money | Justin Drake

Last time Justin was on the Bankless podcast, we went in-depth about cryptocurrency's primitive tools: cryptographic hashes and signatures. He described these as the fire and wheel of cryptography technology. This time, we dive into the specific economic design of the Ethereum network and how it is positioned to expand upon the 'stone-age' cryptography of Proof of Work.

Given Ethereum's expressive capabilities, its future has infinite possibilities in terms of both innovation and development. To explore Ethereum's value proposition as Ultra Sound Money, we use the model of the Ethereum Economic Engine. In this metaphor, the basic energy harnessed is monetary value, stored in the 'engine' battery via tokens. The engine itself is structured by the network's consensus mechanism, Proof of Stake. The engine's efficiency is maximized through the issuance structures proposed in EIP-1559.

All of these components (explored in great detail throughout the conversation) contribute to the concept of ETH as 'Ultra Sound Money.' Soundness describes the degree of efficiency and security in the storage and exchange of monetary value. Economic security, anti-fragility, optimized issuance, efficiency, and scarcity combine to create a robust, maximally effective network. This could be the best episode we've ever recorded. ETH is Ultra Sound Money. Pass it on.

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Topics Covered:

0:00 Intro
5:08 The Economic Side of ETH
11:40 Ethereum's Economic Engine
24:00 Integration, The Meme, and Monetary Premiums
35:23 Sound Money & Economic Security
42:58 Cryptoeconomic Horsepower
47:57 Load-to-Power (Towing Capability)
55:59 Competing at the Base Layer
1:02:17 Repairing the Engine (Defense)
1:20:18 POS Plutocracy? Trust?
1:24:43 Engine Fuel
1:33:13 Engine Resilience
1:38:33 Redundance & Security
1:49:10 Stealth & Insurance
1:59:01 Economic Efficiency
2:09:11 Ultra Sound Money
2:18:00 ETH is Money
2:24:12 Hard Money
2:33:13 Closing & Disclaimers

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RESOURCES

The Bull Case for Cryptography
https://shows.banklesshq.com/p/-moon-math-the-bull-case-for-cryptography 

ETH is Ultra Sound Money
https://newsletter.banklesshq.com/p/eth-is-ultra-sound-money-market-monday 

Justinโ€™s Research
https://ethresear.ch/u/justindrake/summary 

Justin on Twitter
https://twitter.com/drakefjustin?s=20 

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