What are NFTs

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Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, are built on blockchain technology. They’re an excellent way to make transactions globally and also fairly anonymously. However, they do have their downsides: they can be slow and transaction fees can be high. A new type of currency has come about to try and fix the downsides to cryptocurrency: NFTs (non-fungible tokens). NFTs use the same technology as cryptocurrencies but work slightly differently: they can’t be used for transactions and they don’t hold value like a currency. Many people think that NFTs will be the future of cryptocurrency, and we’ll take a look at how they work and what problems you can solve using NFTs.

NFT stands for non-fungible token, which means that each individual NFT is unique and holds different value depending on who owns it at what time. It doesn’t mean that the tokens can’t be exchanged, but it does mean they’re not interchangeable. Each token has its own value and can be traded with different people at different times.

Tokenization means to convert something into tokens, and it’s what makes an NFT possible. This is where each of the individual tokens are assigned their value depending on who owns them. There are two main types of tokenization:

·          ERC20 standard – this allows for digital items, such as cryptokitties, to be tokenized and exchanged on the Ethereum blockchain. Each ERC20 NFT is unique and each one has its own value that’s decided by how rare it is and who wants to buy it.

·          CryptoKitty standard – this allows for physical items, such as art pieces, to be tokenized and exchanged. For a CryptoKitty to exist, an artist needs to draw the cat first on paper or some other medium. The drawing is then scanned and turned into a digital image that can be used as an NFT. Each CryptoKitty has unique traits that define its value as an NFT, just like ERC20 tokens.

NFTs have a unique value that increases or decreases depending on what the NFT is and who wants to buy it. Someone could create an essay, scan it into a computer from their phone using their phone’s camera, and then sell the essay as an NFT for thousands of dollars because they’re famous and people want anything they’ve created. NFTs can also be used to prevent things like counterfeiting and double spending. For example, each NFT is unique and can’t be duplicated which makes it harder for criminals to distribute counterfeit products.

NFTs exist on the blockchain alongside cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, but they don’t work in exactly the same way. Each NFT only exists on the blockchain once and can’t be bought multiple times from different people, so it’s impossible to have a double spend. They also don’t have their own value like cryptocurrencies do: instead, NFTs hold information about who owns them and what they’re allowed to do. They allow for a string of information to be tokenized which makes them much more adaptable than cryptocurrencies that are limited to just cryptocurrency transactions.

NFTs haven’t been around for very long, but there’s already a lot of projects trying to use this technology in new and innovative ways. NFTs will likely replace the traditional way of recording information online because they’re so versatile and provide much more security than what we currently have.

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