Alan Karp on Comparing Information Without Leaking It. https://www.stat.berkeley.edu/users/aldous/157/Papers/fagin.pdf
Alan got a Ph.D. in Astronomy and was an assistant professor of physics at Dartmouth until he figured out his job was that of a small businessman whose money came from writing grant proposals. After that, he did 15 to life at IBM doing large scale scientific and parallel computing. He then joined HP Labs, where he worked on a variety of projects including being one of the architects of the HP/Intel Itanium processor; E-speak, a platform that was called "web services before there were web services;" Polaris, a virus safe computing environment for Windows; and several other demonstrations that systems can be made more functional and more usable by adding security. After 20+ years, HP Labs came to its senses and kicked him out, but he bamboozled HP Enterprise Services into hiring him. There he designed a Cloud Access Security Broker that was cancelled, resulting in the team being laid off. Alan tried being retired, but didn't like it, so now he's working for Earth Computing, a startup bringing to market a new way to build datacenters.
Alan is an IBM licensed keypunch operator. In his spare time, he tends to his late wife's collection of 1,307 candles.
Cathie Yun on "Bulletproofs: Short Proofs for Confidential Transactions and More" https://crypto.stanford.edu/bulletproofs/
Cathie tells us: "Bulletproofs is exciting because it enables us to do faster zero knowledge range proofs, making it more feasible to implement practical confidential assets for blockchain transactions!"
Cathie Yun is a software engineer working on applied cryptography at Chain. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from MIT, with a focus on computer systems engineering. When she isn't designing better blockchain protocols, she can be found climbing mountains and practicing aerial silks.