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World Wide Web code that changed the world up for auction as NFT

The original source code for the World Wide Web that was written by its inventor Tim Berners-Lee is up for sale at Sotheby’s as part of a non-fungible token, with bids starting at just $1,000.

出自万维网发明者、英国科学家蒂姆•伯纳斯-李之手的万维网原始源代码将作为非同质化代币资产在苏富比拍卖,起价为 1,000 美元。


non-fungible token:NFT,全称为Non-Fungible Token,指非同质化代币,是用于表示数字资产(包括jpeg和视频剪辑形式)的唯一加密货币令牌。NFT可以买卖,就像有形资产一样。

Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist, invented the World Wide Web in 1989, revolutionising the sharing and creation of information in what is seen as one of the most significant inventions since the printing press appeared in Europe in 15th Century Germany.

蒂姆•伯纳斯-李是出生于伦敦的计算机科学家,他于 1989 年发明了万维网,彻底改变了信息的共享和创建,这被认为是自 15 世纪德国印刷机出现在欧洲以来最重要的发明之一。

The digitally signed Ethereum blockchain non-fungible token (NFT), a one-of-a-kind digital asset which records ownership, includes the original source code, an animated visualization, a letter written by Berners-Lee and a digital poster of the full code from the original files.

此次待售的数字签名的以太坊区块链不可替代代币 (NFT),一种独一无二的记录所有权的数字资产,包括原始源代码、代码的可视化动画、伯纳斯-李写的关于代码及其创作的信件、以及完整代码的数字 "海报"。


one-of-a-kind:独特的; 独一无二的

[例句]Her one-of-a-kind custom garments are priced from one hundred dollars to more than a thousand dollars.


"Why an NFT? Well, it's a natural thing to do ... when you're a computer scientist and when you write code and have been for many years," Berners-Lee said in a statement. "It feels right to digitally sign my autograph on a completely digital artefact."

“为什么通过NFT形式进行拍卖?嗯,这是很自然的事情......如果你是一名计算机科学家,并且已经编写代码很多年,”伯纳斯-李在一份声明中说。 “我感觉应该在一件完全数字化的作品上署上我的数字签名。”

The files contain 9,555 lines of code including implementations of the three languages and protocols invented by Berners-Lee: HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), and URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers). Also included are original HTML documents that instructed early web users on how to use the application.

这些文件包含 9,555 行代码,包括伯纳斯-李发明的三种计算机语言和协议的应用:HTML(超文本标记语言)、HTTP(超文本传输协议)和 URI(通用文档标识)。还包括指导早期网络用户如何使用该应用程序的原始 HTML 文档。

What is an NFT?


NFT stands for non-fungible token.

NFT英文全称为Non-Fungible Token,翻译成中文就是:非同质化代币。

In economics, a fungible asset is something with units that can be readily interchanged - like money.


With money, you can swap a £10 note for two £5 notes and it will have the same value.

有了钱,您可以将一张 10 英镑的钞票换成两张 5 英镑的钞票,而且它们的价值相同。

However, if something is non-fungible, this is impossible - it means it has unique properties so it cannot be interchanged with something else.


It could be a house, or a painting such as the Mona Lisa, which is one of a kind. You can take a photo of the painting or buy a print but there will only ever be the one original painting.


NFTs are "one-of-a-kind" assets in the digital world that can be bought and sold like any other piece of property, but they have no tangible form of their own.

NFT 就是数字世界中的“独一无二”资产,可以像任何其他财产一样买卖,但它们没有自己的有形形式。

The digital tokens can be thought of as certificates of ownership for virtual or physical assets.


How do NFTs work?


Traditional works of art such as paintings are valuable because they are one of a kind.


But digital files can be easily and endlessly duplicated.


With NFTs, artwork can be "tokenised" to create a digital certificate of ownership that can be bought and sold.

通过 NFT,艺术品可以被“标记化”以创建可以买卖的数字所有权证书。

As with crypto-currency, a record of who owns what is stored on a shared ledger known as the blockchain.


The records cannot be forged because the ledger is maintained by thousands of computers around the world.


NFTs can also contain smart contracts that may give the artist, for example, a cut of any future sale of the token.

NFT 还可以包含智能合约,例如,可以为艺术家提供任何未来代币销售的分成。