Sir Tim Berners-Lee announced that he will release the code that gave birth to the World Wide Web. Today we cannot imagine our life without the internet. We are not even always aware of all the times we go online for something. From entertaining and consulting information to paying for services. But so that today we can enjoy all those benefits it was necessary the vision of a genius named Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web (www) who made the decision to sell the code that gave birth to the Internet as an NFT, that is, a non-fungible token.
Many have been surprised by the news as Berners-Lee refused to patent his invention. In fact, CERN, the research organization Sir Tim was working for at the time, renounced all rights to the technology and put it in the open domain in 1993. So it has never sought to make money directly from its creation, until now.
What will be sold will be the source code written for the project, a letter from Sir Tim about the process, and a "digital poster" of the code he created. In total, the files represent nearly 10,000 lines of written code that includes functions to parse and display HTML documents, the HTTP protocol, and even the ability to print a web page.
Although it will be very difficult for the buyer to do something with the code, as the standards have been updated, the value of the NFT lies in its historical importance and in the fact that this digital auction is endorsed by its creator and "digitally signed" as authentic. In this regard, Berners-Lee, in a press release, said that NFTs are "the latest fun creations on the internet and the ideal way to pack the origins behind the web."
According to what has been released, the sale of the code will be in charge of the auction house Sotheby's from June 23 to 30. There is no expected amount to reach but the initial offer is $ 1,000, considering other examples, it is likely to sell for millions.
Something that is worth noting is that, as has already happened in auctions such as Jack Dorsey's first tweet or a digital artwork with the face of Edward Snowden, Berners-Lee announced that he does not intend to keep the money obtained. Instead, he will use it for social causes that will be chosen by him and his wife.
In case you don't know, Sir Tim invented the World Wide Web, the main modern way we use the internet, in 1989. What he proposed was a way to link different pieces of information stored on the internet via hyperlinks, and he built the first browser and web server.
What are NFTs?
On other occasions, we have told you that NFTs have been used to sell digital art, videos, tweets, and even memes. Basically, this type of token is responsible for validating the ownership and originality of a digital file, although they do not necessarily include the control of copyright.
In general, people who acquire an NFT are left with a certificate that ensures that it is the original file, but it can be replicated millions of times on the internet. It is similar to what happens with physical art, only one person can, for example, have the original painting, but anyone can access a reproduction.
NFTs have become all the rage in recent months. These certificates have been sold for billions of dollars. That is why, while some assure that it is a great option to market digital products, others believe that they are useless, a scam and that those who sell them are only taking advantage of them regardless of the consequences for the environment since their generation requires a lot of energy.
Regarding their environmental impact, it must be said that NFTs are created on the Ethereum blockchain and that an analyst calculates the carbon footprint of a single Ethereum transaction more than 14 times compared to an artistic impression in the publication.
Although I must say that, according to the auction house Sotheby's, the NFT code internet would have a footprint negligible carbon because they said they will pay a carbon offset by the costs of minting and sale transaction, although the technology of chain blocks in which the transaction lives has an immense cost of daily operation.