⫹⫺ Why I Bought a .jpg For $3400
For the Creators, Makers & Doers - CMMN WLTH 037
Hello my friends,
(Sorry for the clickbait title)
I bought my first NFT.
Over the weekend, I was telling a friend about it and their response was simply: “What did you actually buy?”
I bought a .jpg file.
And before we go any further, here it is ↓
What is it? Titled Stimaes, an AI studied three Matisse artworks (The Snail, Memory of Oceania & The Codomas) for 180 days and produced 333 masterpieces from the data.
Why did I buy it? Simply, the upsides outweighed the downsides.
Potential upsides: I’m learning about a new technology, gaining first hand experience of the community, and maybe I’ll make some money if I sell it.
Potential downside: I waste some money. (Max. risk = 1 Ethereum which at today’s rate is $3400)
But, back to the original question, what did I actually buy?
Well, I own some digital artwork.
The proof of ownership is on the Ethereum blockchain and of course, you can right click and save it to your desktop, but only I have the original. In the same way that anyone can own a picture of a Matisse, but only one person can own the original.
The most interesting part of the journey so far has been joining the collectors’ Discord server.
I’ve highlighted in this newsletter how disruptive I believe Discord will be for generic social media and my experience has only made me more sure of that prediction.
I’m truly fascinated by The Metaverse, the collision of physical and digital and how communities are being built, bypassing FAANG companies completely.
It’s still early,
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Out of Office
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It’s been a while since I read it and I was looking for some cliff notes to refresh my memory when I found Neil Kakkar’s “If Sapien’s Was a Blog Post”.
A great resource to keep coming back to.
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