You can now purchase the original source code for the World Wide Web, written by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, at an auction starting at $ 1,000. Berners-Lee will auction the source code signed by him as an NFT or non-fungible token at an auction by Sotheby’s.
The NFT will be offered in a stand-alone online auction titled âThis Has Changed Everythingâ. The London-born computer scientist invented the World Wide Web in 1989, revolutionizing the sharing and creation of information in what is considered one of the most important inventions since the emergence of printing in Europe in the 15th century. century in Germany.
“The NFT – totally unique on the Ethereum blockchain – is made up of four elements; the original time-stamped files containing the source code written by Sir Tim; an animated visualization of the code; a letter written by Sir Tim reflecting on the code and the process of creation; as well as a digital “poster” of the complete code created by Sir Tim from the original files using Python, including a graphic of his physical signature; all digitally signed, “Sotheby’s said in a statement .
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The files referenced by the NFT contain code of approximately 9,555 lines, the content of which includes implementations of the three languages ââand protocols invented by Berners-Lee that remain fundamental to the World Wide Web today – HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) , HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), and URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers), as well as original HTML documents that taught early web users how to use the application.
The auction will open June 23-30, with auctions starting at $ 1,000, and will benefit initiatives supported by Berners-Lee and his wife.
NFTs have exploded in popularity in recent months, including at auction. A digital-only work of art by American artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, sold for almost $ 70 million at Christie’s in March.
âWhy an NFT? Well, it’s a natural thing to do like when you’re a computer scientist and when you’ve been writing code for many years. It seems fair to me to digitally sign my autograph on a fully digital artifact, âBeners-Lee was quoted as saying in the release.
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