HBC Blockchain 101 – Part6 : What is an NFT?

What is an NFT?

NFTs: Beyond the Buzzword

Dr. Keir Finlow-Bates continues his series commissioned by the Helsinki Blockchain Center with a deeper look into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). If you’ve heard the buzz about NFTs but are still scratching your head, this video offers a clear starting point.

Decoding NFTs: How They Differ from Cryptocurrency

  • Building Blocks: NFTs leverage similar technology as cryptocurrencies, but they have crucial distinctions:
  • Scarcity is Key: Only one, unique version of an NFT exists. It’s like owning the original Mona Lisa instead of a high-quality print.
  • No Fractions: You can’t buy half an NFT. Think of it like owning a rare collectible or a concert ticket – you own it entirely or not at all.

Understanding NFT Ownership

  • The Core Concept: An NFT is designed for a single, indisputable owner. It establishes clear digital ownership.
  • The Potential for Sharing: While the NFT is whole, clever techniques allow for “fractionalized” ownership. Imagine multiple people holding shares in a valuable piece of art – NFTs can work similarly.

Why Do NFTs Matter?

The real power of NFTs lies in what they can represent. Dr. Finlow-Bates hints at the many possibilities:

  • Digital Art Ownership: Certifying the authenticity of original creations.
  • Collectibles reimagined: Think unique trading cards, in-game items, and more.
  • Tickets and Beyond: Event access, ownership of moments in time… the applications are still being explored.

Stay Tuned!  Dr. Finlow-Bates will delve deeper into exciting use cases in his upcoming videos.

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