Bianca Trovò is a PhD student at Neurospin and Sorbonne Université, where she studies self-initiated movements. Recently, she is a developer of Ants-Review, a blockchain-based protocol for incentivising scientific peer review. In this conversation, we talk mainly about Ants-Review and I ask questions from the perspective of a scientist who isn't particularly familiar with blockchain and cryptography.
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0:00:10: How Ants-Review got started
0:14:07: So what's wrong with peer review (in its current form)?
0:26:14: Incentives in Ants-Review
0:40:02: Can people cheat on Ants-Review?
0:52:44: Will reviews on Ants-Review be many micro-reviews, rather than a few traditional reviews?
0:59:47: Why does Ants-Review need to be done in blockchain?
1:21:53: Academic articles as NFTs?
1:24:40: The future of Ants-Review
1:35:11: How can people contribute to Ants-Review (incl. quadratic funding)?
1:41:12: How easy is it to use Ants-Review?
Additional references and links
3blue1brown video on bitcoin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBC-nXj3Ng4
Bianca's questions to Alexandra Elbakyan:
Buterin, Vitalik's blog post about quadratic funding: https://vitalik.ca/general/2019/12/07/quadratic.html
Game theory introduction: here is the brief and fun introduction to game theory that Bianca mentions at around the 47-minute mark: https://ncase.me/trust/