Speaker: Georgios Piliouras, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Cryptocurrencies have shown to be reliable payment platforms and gathered immense interest in recent years. At their core, though, cryptocurrencies are simply decentralized ledgers: a network of participants who agree upon protocol rules that describe how the ledger can be update and maintain consensus among all participants. Even if no individual participant in the network can be trusted, a combination of cryptography and game-theoretic incentives ensures that the network as a whole is reliable and can be trusted. The aim of the tutorial is to provide an introduction to cryptocurrencies, outlining their structure and design with a focus on the game theoretic elements.