Let’s learn about blockname, a decentralized version of DNS

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This weekend brought us a panic about Samsung TVs listening to every word people say in their presence. A little reporting showed that to be overblown, so Kevin Tofel and I discussed how voice recognition worked right now across devices in the smart home such as the Amazon Echo, Ubi and Google’s phones. We also did a deeper dive into what security and privacy should look like with connected devices and what you should be worried about.

Eric Jennings, CEO of Filament.
Eric Jennings, CEO of Filament.

Then we shifted gears to our guest, Eric Jennings, the CEO of Filament, a company building sensor modules for industrial customers. What’s most interesting about Filament isn’t the sensors, but it’s plan to try to create a decentralized version of the internet of things for those sensor modules to run on. So while it offers a cloud, Jennings and I dove deep into how Filament is building a series of technologies that includes the blockchain, Telehash, BitTorrent and new effort called blockname to create a decentralized network for IoT. It resembles, but is different from IBM’s similar efforts. So tune in to learn more. It’s pretty awesome.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guests: Eric Jennings, CEO of Filament

  • The truth about Samsung’s connected TVs and your privacy
  • What you should really worry about in the smart home when it comes to security and privacy
  • More on building a decentralized internet of things with block chain and Telehash
  • What role could BitTorrent play in this decentralized stack?
  • Introducing blockname, a way to build a decentralized version of DNS


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