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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Technical Artifacts as Non Fungible Tokens

 Still find  the notion of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT)  to be bizarre. Purely digital artifacts being placed up for non trivial sums.  But the concept continues to expand. 

WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT

Reuters,   By Guy Faulconbridge,   June 15, 2021

Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee's original source code for what would become the World Wide Web now is part of a non-fungible token (NFT) that Sotheby's will auction off, with bidding to start at $1,000. The digitally signed Ethereum blockchain NFT features the source code, an animated visualization, a letter by Berners-Lee, and a digital poster of the code from the original files, which include implementations of the three languages and protocols that Berners-Lee authored: Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), and Uniform Resource Identifiers. Berners-Lee said the NFT is "a natural thing to do ... when you're a computer scientist and when you write code and have been for many years. It feels right to digitally sign my autograph on a completely digital artifact."  ... '

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