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Please read Chapter 0 and Chapter 1, before reading the Chapter 2 below.

Cryptics — Chapter 2

Chapter title: The Discovery

Chapter Subtitle: “May the hash be with you”

The next day morning 7:30am. Polymath steps out of her house with her backpack. She is surprised to see Talia with Laine, walking towards her house.

Polymath: “Where did you find her ?”

Laine: “Six blocks back, walking to school”

Polymath: “Did you tell her about our daily competition ?”

Laine: “Yes.”

Polymath, Laine and Talia tighten their backpacks to their shoulders, tighten their shoelaces and stand next to each other…

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Cryptics | Dr. Shiva Kintali

Our Kickstarter campaign is now live.

In my previous blog post, I announced my upcoming adventure novel and posted Chapter 0. Now I am posting Chapter 1.

Cryptics — Chapter 1

Chapter title: STEM Career Day

Chapter Subtitle: “Some mathematician has said pleasure lies not in discovering truth, but in seeking it”

It is early morning March 19th 2018 in Los Altos, California. Bitcoin price is oscillating between $10,000 and $11,000. Middle school students are getting ready to attend the STEM career day at their Junior High School in Los Altos.

Student1 (S1) is an 8th grade White American girl…

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Cryptics | Dr. Shiva Kintali

Our Kickstarter campaign is now live.

I have been writing a series of three novels for almost a decade now. The first book in this series is almost ready. It is titled ‘Cryptics’.

What is Cryptics ?

Cryptics is an adventure novel, aimed at teaching some of the most amazing concepts of cryptography, zero-knowledge proofs, blockchain and several fundamental mathematical concepts in a very fun, exciting and a memorable way.

It’s a story of five middle school students, who coincidentally meet at a talk (in Bay Area) given by Dr. Shiva Kintali, a billionaire mathematician, technologist and an entrepreneur. Dr…

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Cross-sectional model of a coronavirus (Source: Wikipedia)

First coronavirus vaccine clinical trials just started in the U.S on Monday March 16th 2020. During the last three months several fake cures are being shared on the social media. Be careful and always verify these cures with CDC and WHO websites.

Here is a list of fake (i.e., not established by scientific means) coronavirus cures. More details are in the italicized links to articles and videos.

Cow dung and cow urine: An Indian politician said that cow urine and cow dung can be used to treat coronavirus. On Saturday, a Hindu group hosted a cow urine drinking party. On…

After almost two years of development of our Blockchain-powered data integrity platform, our consumer facing app is now available on the iOS app store. It is called True Dat. Watch the above video for a quick overview of True Dat app and download the app from the iOS app store.

What is True Dat app ?

Short answer: It’s a Truth Machine in your pocket.

True Dat app lets anyone create and share unedited, unfiltered, verifiable and tamper-evident digital photos and videos. Our built-in blockchain provides a verifiable certificate to prove that they are not fake or photoshopped or…

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One of the common questions I get these days is ‘I want to understand Blockchain. Where do I start ?’. So I am writing this blog post to collect all my favorite bitcoin and blockchain learning resources to help everybody. Have fun learning.


  1. Ever wonder how Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) actually work ? One of the best introductory videos.
  2. What is Bitcoin?
  3. How does a blockchain work ? Check out Simply Explained channel for more videos about smart contracts, Blockchain applications etc.
  4. What is Blockchain ?
  5. How the blockchain is changing money and business | Don Tapscott
  6. Bitcoin, the…

The recent college admissions scandal resulted in the largest case of its kind to be prosecuted by the US Justice Department. A massive federal investigation code-named ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ uncovered this scandal and charged several high-profile people with bribery, racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The internet commentary about this topic includes phrases like “broken admissions system”, “rich can buy their way into college”, etc etc.

There must be several other cases of fraud that go unnoticed on a daily basis. It’s in human nature to shortcut the rules, collude and cheat to achieve one’s own…

Shiva Kintali

Founder & CEO True Dat. Mathematician, Cryptographer, Ex-Princeton Lecturer preventing & detecting fake photos, videos & misinformation using AI & Blockchain.

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