[FoRK] nft meets www

Gavin Nicol gtn at rbii.com
Fri Jun 18 09:17:15 PDT 2021


I think I still have a copy of the code...

On Tue, Jun 15, 2021, at 6:38 PM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> https://www.cnn.com/style/article/tim-berners-lee-nft-auction/index.html
> 
> Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, is auctioning off his 
> invention's source code as an NFT.
> Although the groundbreaking code has long been in the public domain, the 
> British computer scientist has now authorized the sale of a single 
> edition of his original time-stamped files.
> Comprising over 9.500 lines of code, the files contain the basis of the 
> languages and protocols underpinning the internet as we know it: 
> Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and 
> Universal Document Identified (URI).
> They are being sold alongside an animated visualization of the code and 
> a digital "poster" that is "signed" by Berners-Lee via a graphic 
> signature. The winning bidder will also take home a letter, written by 
> the computer scientist, in which he reflects on the code and its creation.
> How NFTs are fueling a digital art boom
> "It has been fun to go back and look over the code," the letter reads. 
> "It is amazing to see the things that those relatively few lines of 
> code, with (the) help of an amazing growing gang of collaborators across 
> the planet, stayed enough on track to become what the web is now.
> "I have never once felt I could relax and sit back -- as the web was and 
> is constantly changing," Berners-Lee signs off. "It is not yet the best 
> it can be: there is always work to be done!"
> Although the world's first web page didn't go live until 1991, the birth 
> of the World Wide Web is usually considered to be 1989, the year that 
> Berners-Lee submitted a manuscript entitled "Information Management: A 
> Proposal" at CERN, a particle physics research laboratory in Switzerland.
> Initially designed to help scientists collaborate, his invention soon 
> expanded beyond the academic world. There are now over 4.6 billion 
> active internet users in the world.
> 
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