In 1989, British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee changed the whole world with the invention of the World Wide Web. Today, years later, Sotheby’s announced that it would auction the World Wide Web source code as a non-fungible token (NFT) in what will be Sotheby’s first digital artifact to be auctioned.
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The NFT will be set up in a standalone online auction this month from June 23-30 and will be titled, It changed everything.
The tender will start at $ 1,000 and will contain four elements. It will contain the original time-stamped files containing the source code, animated visualizations of the code, a digital poster created using the original Python files of the code, and a letter from Lee as he reflects on his work.
The money earned will benefit the initiatives that Sir Tim and Lady Berners-Lee support.
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âThree decades ago I created something which, with the subsequent help of many collaborators around the world, has been a powerful tool for humanity. For me, the best thing about 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 cannot. not yet imagine. NFTs, whether works of art or a digital artifact like this, are the latest playful creations in this field and the most suitable means of ownership there is. They are the perfect way to pack the origins behind the web, âsaid Lee.