The founder of Wikipedia will sell the first version of the site, as well as the computer that was used to create the digital encyclopedia. The auction will last until December 15. At present, the cost of NFT at the auction house site is $ 700, the price of the computer remains at $ 300.
Wikipedia in the form of NFT
The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, will sell the first version of the site as a non-fungible token (NFT). The token sale will take place from December 3 to 15 on the site of the Christie’s auction house.
“What is particularly interesting is that for the first time we have a public and immutable database, and this is something new and unusual. But the main concept is to remind people of when I created the website. I thought, “My God, he’s so vulnerable. Anyone can change it. It could destroy everything and in five minutes I’ll be captured by trolls ”Wales pointed out.
Along with the site, the Strawberry iMac Wales computer, which was used in the creation of the site, will also be sold. The income from the auction will be used for charity and the social network WT.Social, based on the donation, which Wales launched in 2019.
The first version of Wikipedia debuted in January 2001. The NFT will be stored on the Ethereum blockchain. After the auction, the first Wikipedia page will be available for online viewing. In addition, it will be possible to edit it, but five minutes after the changes, the page will still revert to its original state. The future owner of the token will be able to close access or prohibit editing.
World Wide Web and NFT
However, this is not the first time that the rarities of the nascent Internet age have sold in the form of NFT. For example, this summer, auction house Sotheby’s sold the World Wide Web source code in the form of an NFT for $ 5.4 million. The seller was the creator of URIs, URLs, HTTP, HTML and World Wide Web, British scientist Tim Berners-Lee.
The NFT contains approximately 9,555 lines of code written by Berners-Lee in the 90s. In addition, the bundle included a 30-minute animated code visualization, a digital code poster, and a digital letter written by Berners-Lee in June 2021 which reflected his invention. At the same time, the buyer preferred to remain unknown.
Remember that in November, the Hermitage Museum opened its first virtual exhibition project, “Invisible Aether“. It brings together 38 NFT works, including those created specifically for this exhibition.
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