Tom Berners-Lee, the brain behind the original base file of the World Wide Web is looking to tokenize the file and make it an NFT. Tom Berners-Lee is a British Computer scientist who created the first base file for the renowned world wide web which formed the basis for internet protocols. The British scientist is collaborating with popular auction house Sotheby’s to put the base file up for auction after it has been tokenized. Berners-Lee identified non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as the most appropriate means of ownership. The tokenization is billed to take place next week after which it will be open for bids.
Auction House Sotheby’s Reveals Details of Auction
An announcement released by Sotheby’s indicated that they would begin to accept bids from interested parties as of June 23. The auction house stated that the base file NFT will be themed, “This Changed Everything” indicating the start of an evolution on information-sharing globally. The World Wide Web was developed in 1989. It was originally meant to serve as a platform for automated information dissemination among scientists in academic institutions and other relevant bodies around the globe. At the time, Berners-Lee was working with CERN. The first web address created on the World Wide Web protocol was info.cern.ch.
Sotheby’s also announced that bids for the base file non-fungible token will begin at $1000. Sotheby’s is becoming synonymous with high-ranking sales of NFTs just like its counterpart, Christie’s. Christie’s had sold Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5000 days for a record-shattering price- $69.3 million, which is currently the highest price an NFT has ever been sold. Sotheby’s recently handled a record-breaking NFT auction last week which raked in $12 million- a very rare type of the pixelated CryptoPunks collection– Crypto Punk (an alien punk with a mask). That’s the highest bid for CryptoPunks NFTs. Christie’s had also sold a collection of Punks for $16.9 million.
World Wide Web Made Open Standard
The World Wide Web predates internet browsers and memes and was written in approximately 10,000 lines of code with Python including the incorporation of Hypertext Markup Language, Hypertext Transfer Protocol, Uniform Rebase Locator languages and other protocols.
Interestingly, the computer scientist did not issue a patent on the base file; he instead made it open standard and free to everyone. Fortunately, that paved the way for developments on it. Berners-Lee is currently estimated to be worth $10 million. Perhaps if he issued a patent on his brainchild, his net worth would be running into trillions if not more. Proceeds from the auction of the base file NFT will be donated to causes that the scientist and his wife support, as announced by the auction house. Sotheby’s will also feature tokenized artworks from popular pseudonymous digital artist, Pak during its auctions.