If the internet has become what it is today, it is because of the emergence of the Word Wide Web in the early 1990s. www, it is in a way the basis of vast global computer network which allows us today to buy online, to follow the news on news sites or to entertain ourselves on streaming platforms.
The source code of the World Wide Web has been available to the general public since 1993, but if you wish to have the original, be aware that it will soon be on sale as a non-fungible token.
Thousands of lines of code
This decision to sell the original internet code in the form of an NFT stems from the creator of the web himself, namely Tim Berners-Lee. The package includes around 9,500 lines of code in addition to the basic languages and protocols that keep the internet running as it is today.
These are the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and the Universal Document Identifier (URI). As if that wasn’t enough, the buyer will also be entitled to an animated visualization of the code and a digital poster signed by Berners-Lee himself.
“More important than the theory of relativity”
The auction will open for $ 1,000 on June 23 and is expected to run until the end of the month. For this, Berners-Lee asked Sotheby’s. Cassandra Hatton, the vice president of the famous auction house, described the code as the “first digitally born artifact” to be auctioned.
And to add that the sale will allow the winning bidder to have in his possession part of a technological development which heralded a “paradigm shift” for humanity.
“I tried to find something comparable (…) I thought of the theory of relativity, of heliocentrism, of printing, of light bulbs or of the combustion engine. But I think it’s a much more important thing ”, she told CNN.
Certainly, for years anyone has been able to get a free copy of this code that has allowed the internet to flourish. But Hatton believes thatbeing in possession of the original files remains a privilege. It is for this reason that Berners-Lee decided to sell them in the form of a non-fungible token.
The creator of the Web said in a statement that NFTs constitute “The most appropriate means of ownership that exists” for its creation. Note that the man is currently 66 years old. It is not known the real reason that drove him to put his pioneering code on sale. Maybe he feels it’s time for him to give this one to someone who can preserve it well.