Coin with NFT engraved on front.

The Rise of NFTs: Everything You Need to Know

If you’ve been on the internet at all anytime in the past couple years, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard the term “NFT” thrown around. But, what really is an NFT?

If you’ve been on the internet at all anytime in the past couple years, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard the term “NFTs” thrown around. But, what really is an NFT? You may have googled it, saw some results that were way too complicated, then closed out of that tab and never looked back, but don’t worry – I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about these digital collectables.

NFT Explained

NFT stands for “non-fungible token”. It’s basically made the same way cryptocurrency is made, but an NFT is basically is a digital certificate of authenticity. While cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are fungible (meaning each unit is interchangeable), NFTs are unique. They use blockchain technology, an immutable ledger, to confirm the ownership and provenance of digital assets.

Let’s break it down:

Imagine purchasing a famous painting. With traditional (physical) art, you’d have a certificate of authenticity to prove its legitimacy. NFTs serve a similar purpose for digital creations, whether it’s artwork, music, videos, or even virtual real estate in the digital realm. Each NFT is a one-of-a-kind item that cannot be replicated or replaced, and its ownership is recorded on the blockchain for all to see.

The usefulness of NFTs

One of the most significant advantages of NFTs is how they empower creators. Artists, musicians, writers, gamers, and content creators can tokenize their work, allowing them to sell directly to their audience without the need for intermediaries – no management, no marketers, just them. This democratization of the creative process has the potential to revolutionize how artists monetize their talents.

The integration of smart contracts in NFTs also plays a crucial role. Artists can also integrate smart contracts in NFTs. Basically, smart contracts automatically enforce the terms of the contract. They’re self-executing, and state the terms of a sale, ensuring creators receive a percentage of the proceeds each time their NFT is resold. This means that artists can continue to benefit from their creations even after the initial sale. This issue of artists owning and getting profits from their own music is bigger than you think. It’s pretty much why Taylor Swift had to record all her old albums.

Examples of NFTs (bored ape)

Aside from music, digital artists now have a way to make money off their artwork every time it’s resold, unlike traditional art where once the artist sells their painting, that’s all they’re going to get off it. People will copy it, print it out, or just plain resell it and the artist will get nothing. NFTs have eliminated that issue, which artists of all kinds are very happy about.

Investing in NFTs

Not an artist? You can still use the presence of NFTs to your advantage with the magic of investing. Now, NFTs are not a reliable source of insome whatsoever, and we should learn from the rise and fall of cryptocurrency. But, if you’ve got money to burn or just wanna throw a few bucks at it for the sake of it, you can choose to invest in an NFT.

It’s similar to collecting rare stamps, vintage cars, or Pokemon cards. People speculate that as the world of NFTs continues to evolve, certain digital assets could appreciate significantly in value. However, their value is highly volatile (and the market could crash at literally any moment but so can everything else in the world), so investing in them carries risks.

In conclusion, NFTs are redefining the concept of ownership in the digital age. They’re more than just tokens or images, they represent a shift with the potential to reshape the creative, economic, and investment landscape. While the NFT world is still evolving, its impact on the art, entertainment, and gaming industries is undeniable in the past couple years. If you are thinking of investing, be sure to conduct thorough research, choose trustworthy digital wallets, stay informed about the industry, and most importantly, spend wisely. As technology continues to advance, the future of NFTs remains an journey into uncharted territory.

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