L’inventore del Worl Wide Web sir Tim Berners-Lee, ha messo all’asta il codice sorgente dei primi software realizzati per gestire il Web e il protocollo HTTP sotto forma di non fungible token, (NFT). L’asta sarà realizzata da Sotheby’s dal 23 al 30 giugno . Il ricavato sarà utilizzato per le iniziative benefiche che Sir Tim e signora supportano.
In 1989, British Computer Scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in a moment that changed the world forever. From June 23 – 30, Sotheby’s will auction the first historical artefact relating to this landmark moment ever to be sold, giving people the opportunity to look into the bare bones of the architecture of the web’s creation. ‘This Changed Everything’ is a one-of-one NFT including pivotal, timestamped documentation of the internet’s creation by Sir Tim.
The sale will open from 23 – 30 June, with bidding starting at $1,000. The sale will benefit initiatives that Sir Tim and Lady Berners-Lee support.
The NFT is composed of four elements: the original time-stamped files containing the source code written by Sir Tim, a moving visualization of the nearly 10,000 lines of code, a letter written by Sir Tim reflecting on the code and the process of creating it, and a digital “poster” of the full code created by Sir Tim from the original files using Python. The lines of code referenced by the NFT include implementations of the three languages and protocols invented by Sir Tim 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 instructed early web users on how to use the application.
“Three decades ago, I created something which, with the subsequent help of a huge number of collaborators across the world, has been a powerful tool for humanity. For me, the best bit about the web has been the spirit of collaboration. While I do not make predictions about the future, I sincerely hope its use, knowledge and potential will remain open and available to us all to continue to innovate, create and initiate the next technological transformation, that we cannot yet imagine. NFTs, be they artworks or a digital artefact like this, are the latest playful creations in this realm, and the most appropriate means of ownership that exists. They are the ideal way to package the origins behind the web.”
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