Original source code of the World Wide Web to be auctioned as NFT

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is set to auction next week a non-fungible token (NFT) of the original source code he used in creating the World Wide Web.

In this regard, Sotheby’s announced Tuesday that the auction house will start accepting bids on June 23 for the NFT dubbed as “This Changed Everything” which also features time-stamped code documentation.

Sale window for the asset is set from June 23 to June 30 with bids to start at $1,000. The proceeds from the sale will be used for initiatives that are supported by Sir Tim and Lady Berners-Lee.

About the NFT

The World Wide Web NFT is composed of four elements namely the original time-stamped files containing the source code that was written by Sir Tim, a moving visualization of the nearly 10,000 lines of code.

Also part of the token is the letter written by Tim reflecting on the code and the process of its creation and finally, a digital “poster” of the full code created from the original files using Python.

Meanwhile, the lines of codes that are referenced by the NFT also includes implementations of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) – languages and protocols invented by Tim that are deemed fundamental to the World Wide Web today.

NFT as a means of ownership

“NFTs, be they artworks or digital artifact like this, are the latest playful creations in this real, and the most appropriate means of ownership that exist,” said Berners-Lee, adding the tokens are the “ideal way to package the origins behind the web.”

The inventor also said that while he is not predicting anything about the future, he sincerely hopes that the use, knowledge and potential of his invention will remain open and available so people may continue to innovate, create and initiate the “next transformation that they cannot yet imagine.”


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