This Australian artist ‘right-clicked’ a billion dollars worth of NFTs so you don’t have to
An Australian software engineer claims to have “right-clicked” every NFT on the Ethereum and Solana blockchains and made them available for anybody to download, reports Tom’s Hardware.
Geoffrey Huntley created The NFT Bay to be a replica of notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay. And it’s not far off, albeit with just the one download link.
It’s not just any old link though. This link gives NFT fans access to more than 20TB of images. For those of you who don’t speak Computer, that’s a lot.
As you can imagine, the so-called “Billion-Dollar Torrent” has sparked some frenzied debate online. Opinions have ranged from calling it “a genius piece of performance art,” to angry NFT owners claiming it as a huge win because it shows the true value of real NFTs. Or something.
Huntley himself calls the right-clicked images an “educational art project” inspired by an Australian comedy character. He says it’s designed to teach the public about NFTs in the hope that fewer people will be swindled by “the technology’s innumerable grifters.”
Twitter check marks are so 2021
Huntley also posted a (presumably) tongue-in-cheek explanation at launch. In it, he pitches The NFT Bay as a resource for future generations to better understand the craze.
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But in an FAQ uploaded to GitHub, he goes into slightly more detail about his attitude to NFTs and where he believes their true value will lie.
“The utility (and value) of NFT’s will be created through social media platforms,” he says.
“We see how bananas people go over the Twitter blue verified checkmark — now think how social media will change when people have the ability to display verifiable proof of membership (early investor of Uber, Forbes 30 under 30) vs adding the words to a social media bio.”
“All of this however could be achieved without blockchain.”
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