British computer scientist and inventor Tim Berners-Lee is auctioning off the original world wide web code he wrote in 1990 in the form of an NFT. These non-fungible tokens are digital assets listed on Ethereum. They make it possible to create a sort of intangible property title on a single virtual object, such as a video or an online illustration, which in theory attests to the authenticity of the good sold.
Sotheby’s leads the auction
The auction for this NFT titled “This Changed Everything” will be conducted by the London division of Sotheby’s, an auction house for works of art and collectibles, from June 23 to 30. The auction will start at $ 1,000 and the proceeds will be donated to initiatives and associations supported by Tim Berners-Lee and his wife, Sotheby’s said in a statement.
The NFT being auctioned includes the original time-stamped files containing the source code written by Tim Berners-Lee which consists of approximately 9,555 lines of code comprising three languages and protocols he invented (HTLM, http and URIs), as well than the original HTML documents that taught early web users how to use the application. Also included in the NFT is a 30-minute animated code visualization, a letter written by Tim Berners-Lee on the code and its creation, and a digital poster of the code.
“Three decades ago I created something which, with the help of a large number of collaborators around the world, has been a powerful tool for humanity, commented Tim Berners-Lee. For me, the best bet on the web has been the spirit of collaboration. Although I do not make predictions about the future, I sincerely hope that its use, knowledge and potential will remain open and available for all of us to continue to innovate, create and initiate the next technological transformation, which we do not. can not yet imagine “. He also thinks NFTs are the perfect way to contain the origins behind the web.
Auction houses turn to NFTs
This will be the first NFT to be auctioned by this famous house. It follows in the footsteps of Christie’s, which has already sold a digital work, signed by Mike Winkelmann, alias Beeple on the Internet, in the form of a collage made up of 5,000 images. Proof that this virtual world is also arousing the enthusiasm of historic auction houses accustomed to paintings by masters and other more classic works of art.