Blockchain technology has created a new and unique market of crypto-art and digital collectibles.
You might have come across news surrounding NFTs, cryptocurrencies, and crypto art recently and found it difficult to understand the terms or the workings of this digital world.
The crypto world is fairly new and has just begun to emerge as an alternative to what we have known until now. This article will give you a fundamental idea of what is what and to understand that you need to start from the basics.
What Is The Blockchain Technology?
The blockchain is a system of digital records of transactions that are duplicated and distributed as a network amongst the computer systems on the blockchain.
The blockchain can be simplified as blocks of transactional records that are linked together through the ‘chain’ that are really public databases. This whole system is known as a ‘digital ledger’.
This digital ledger is decentralized i.e there is no central authority overseeing or controlling these transactions.
It might come across as unsafe, which is yet another topic to discuss but these digital ledgers are highly secure as far as the data is concerned. The transactions are authorized by the owner with a digital signature that safeguards and authenticates a person’s data from tampering.
Computer systems in this network can see the data but nobody can corrupt it.
The blockchain system makes it almost impossible to hack or change the system.
The decentralized database managed by multiple participants is called a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). Blockchain is a DLT.
How Is Blockchain Associated With Cryptocurrencies?
Most cryptocurrencies are functional because of the blockchain system. These currencies use the blockchain to record transactions. Bitcoin and Ethereum are two of the popular currencies that are based on the blockchain system.
What Are NFTs?
NFTs stands for Non-fungible tokens. “Non-fungible” means that each NFT is unique and cannot be replaced simply by another NFT.
Like cryptocurrencies, most NFTs work on blockchains. This NFT is a unit of data in the blockchains but unlike currencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum, each NFT has a different value to it. An NFT can be any unique digital file consisting of art or audio, video, or even video games.
Any form of digital art can be considered an NFT.
The catch is that people can simply download these digital art files if they wish to as they are infinitely reproducible but the buyer gets proof of ownership over the artwork. The NFT are cryptocurrencies that are attached to crypto art instead of coins. Only the owner can trade it.
Cryptocurrencies like Etheruem, Bitcoin have their own token standards assigned to use these digital files. NFTs are largely Ethereum based
An NFT can be created by uploading a file that contains digital artwork, to an NFT auction market (KnownOrigin, Rarible, or OpenSea). This creates a copy of the file recorded on the digital ledger as…