The creator of the Web sells an NFT of the source code for 5.4 million dollars

Tim Berners-Lee Web sells an NFT

Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the Web, has auctioned an NFT with the original source code that was used to start what we know today as the network of networks. It has been an auction that is not without controversy, which has ended up exceeding five million dollars.

When Berners-Lee announced his plans to sell the source code for the Web, confusion reigned, and not just because of what it might hold for the future of the Internet. The Briton has always been a strong defender of the Web as an open project, without barriers or exclusivities; Many saw it as contradictory that NFT technology was now used to do just that, to make a piece of the Internet exclusive, perhaps the most important.

Despite these criticisms, the auction went ahead, with Berners-Lee clarifying that this sale would not affect the Internet in any way; “I’m just selling an image that I made, with a program that I wrote myself, and with what the source code would be if it were hung on a wall and signed by me.”

Actually, the source code is still accessible to anyone, since it was released, and we can even test the first version of the web browser created by Berners-Lee, without paying anyone. The NFT includes a copy of that code, a rendered video based on the code, and a letter signed by Berners-Lee.

Perhaps that attempt to escape the controversy by downplaying the auctioned content has worked against him, since, although the final figure of $5,434,500 is high, it falls far short of the most coveted NFTs, which are around the tens of millions. dollars, and closer to the 3 million that was paid for the first Twitter message.

NFT technology has also lost some of its punch, especially due to the possible ecological impact it can have, as well as the possibility of losing content in case of loss of connection to servers. On the first, the auction house Sotheby’s promised to donate for the carbon emissions generated with the creation and transfer of the NFT, and on the second, a high-security system for storage is guaranteed.