If the NFT fashion is over, think again. The creator of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners Lee, is auctioning off the source code of his original invention as a non-consumable witness, yes, the code that acts as the basis for the modern network as we know it, is now NFT.
NFTs are a way to secure the unique ownership of a digital article, which seems like a useful tool for artists and the like in an era of digital content theft, but is also based on the underlying blockchain technology that feeds cryptocurrencies , which means most are an environmental nightmare. . There have also been many cases of NFT installations for stolen art, which for the first time defeat the purpose of the witness.
Interestingly, then, Sir Tim Berners Lee is auctioning off a collection of four items under an NFT: the 1990-91 source code, an animated visualization of the code, a Lee letter about the code, and a "digital poster" of the code that created, the BBC reports.
The auction will take place at Sotherby auction house, which states that an NFT is "the ideal way to package this source code representation for the web, which represents a perfect fit between content and content".
You can read a small section of the letter for free on the Sotherby site:
“It’s been fun going back and looking at the code,” says Sir Tim. "It's amazing to see things that these relatively few lines of code, with the help of an incredible band of growing collaborators around the planet, stayed on track enough to become what it's the web now. I've never heard once that I could relax and rest assured, as it was and the web is constantly changing. It's still not the best it can be: there's always work to be done! "
Sotherby & # 39; s will accept offers in cryptocurrency, no surprises. The auction house also claims that "the carbon footprint of this NFT is negligible" as it will offset the transaction costs, although this ignores the significant impact of Ethereum blockchain technology. wider than are created in most NFTs. Currently, this depends on the disastrous mining of the environment.
We expect the impact of the Ethereum network to be significantly reduced with the change to the participation test, a non-energy-intensive base for blockchain technology, but currently the sum of mining on the network it is the same as some countries.
According to Sotherby & # 39; s, Sir Tim seems like a fan of the concept. He has been quoted as saying that “it feels right to digitally sign my autograph on a fully digital artifact” and that an NFT seems like the “natural thing to do when you’re a computer scientist”.
However, owning the digitally signed world network source code by Sir Tim does not provide you with any special VIP access to the back room of the Internet. It has no patented or copyrighted technology and important that it never was. The code is just one important part of modern history, and anyone who buys NFT will probably expect to own that history now.
They won’t, but they’ll probably spend a lot of money thinking so.