NFT stands for Non-fungible token.
Fungible→ something replaceable/exchangeable.
Non-fungible→ something unique & irreplaceable.
NFTs are designed to give you something that can’t be copied: ownership (though a creator can still retain copyright).
Much like how physical art collecting is seen as a value-holding investment, now so are NFTs. However, instead of receiving an oil painting on canvas 🖼️ to hang on your wall, you get a JPG/MP3/GIF/etc file 🤷🏾♀️.
Nyan Cat meme from 2011 sold for about US$590,000 in an online auction last Friday, February 19.
Selling NFTs could be like selling a van Gogh painting, except instead of getting to appreciate a physical copy of something, you get a trading card.
People will still be able to access & distribute the asset that you bought but you own it (without any copyrights though).
So basically, you get bragging rights.
The creator just gets a shit ton of money and still gets to enjoy copyrights of their work so..... Win-win situation 😉.
NFTs are at least partially responsible for the millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions generated by the cryptocurrencies used to buy & sell them.
Cryptocurrencies are built on a system called “proof of work” to oversee transactions.
The system forces "miners" to solve complex puzzles for a reward.
The process is incredibly energy inefficient on purpose, making the "miners" use up inordinate amounts of electricity (that they have to pay, for making it less profitable for them to mess up).
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