NFTs, non-fungible tokens, are enjoying unprecedented, albeit highly volatile, hype in the cryptocurrency world. One of the greatest inventions – WWW – will be sold in the form of NFTs.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who works at Geneva CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, invented an early version of the WWW in 1989: we mostly use it today. The programmer presented a platform for documents to be linked to each other using so-called hyperlinks and thus be easily accessible. He also developed the first browser for this new platform.
Berners-Lee always avoided generating direct income from his invention, did not even patent it, and in 1993 CERN declared this invention in the public domain. Therefore, the announcement of the auction caused the most surprise.
Berners-Lee and his wife want to use the proceeds from the auction to support select projects – Berners-Lee personally will probably not claim any share of the proceeds. In this respect, the inventor of the WWW remains true to himself, at least on this point.
Sotheby’s is holding a 7-day auction
The auction is scheduled for June 23 with a starting bid of $ 1,000 and will run until June 30. The NFT, which will be acquired through the renowned auction house Sotheby’s, will contain nearly 10,000 lines of code (including HTML, HTTP and URI), original websites explaining the concept, a code visualization, a letter from Berners-Lee explaining the meaning of the project, and a poster from code ”created with Python.
Berners-Lee told Sotheby’s that he considers NFT the “most appropriate way” to own digital creations. In turn, the auction house has pledged to pay carbon offsets to mitigate the environmental impact of the NFT sale.