I didn’t attend days 2 and 3 of the NFT NYC conference; I didn’t need to be convinced any further that it’s worth learning about NFTs and web3, and I didn’t have a project I needed to recruit engineers for. And frankly, just one full day of the conference wiped me out.
On Friday, I dragged myself out of my hotel room to attend a final NFT NYC event - a party thrown by Dreamverse at Terminal 5 in NYC. The venue felt “futuristic,” with digital artwork displayed on screens across all three levels of the building along with their QR codes for those who were interested in purchasing them. There was a DJ playing on a stage, which was equipped with lasers and a gigantic screen as a backdrop.
In the crowd, I spotted several Apes (identified by their BAYC sweatshirts), and some folks who displayed their ENS addresses and DAO communities on LED backpacks.
I’ve always loved browsing digital art on art-centric NFT marketplaces like foundation, but it was special browsing them in a physical gallery. It made me imagine a future where galleries are built with every wall as a 4K HD screen displaying art from around the world, purchasable by eth.
It also made me think about the future of NFT art. Most NFT art is beautiful, but it’s just regular digital art (jpegs and animations). Some NFT art is more creative, like OG:Crystals. Each OG:Crystals NFT changes its form once it’s transferred from one owner to another; the art evolves, and its evolution is driven by sharing. The concept is beautiful and barely scratches the surface of what’s possible when code and art come together.
I haven’t made much personal progress on the web3 front, but I’ve come across some fun resources.
Buildspace.so offers free web3 project-based classes for engineers. I attended the kickoff for one of the classes and found the community kind and encouraging. I’ll add more feedback in the next blogpost once I actually start the project 😅
Will DAOs Replace Corporations? A primer on what ‘DAO’s are and why people are making such a fuss about them. The author doesn’t clearly answer the question posed in the title of his essay, but I’m a believer in DAOs. I’m not saying the current versions of them will supplant traditional corporations, but I believe in their future.
Reputation-based Systems How do DAOs encourage high-quality contributions from their members? I loved this article for two reasons (1) the 2-token strategy is elegant and brilliant (2) I’m excited for further innovations in how we encourage contribution and collaboration on the internet.
Masterclass in Crypto Amitt Mahajan, creator of FarmVille and crypto enthusiast talks about the relationship between crypto and the metaverse - two buzzy topics. It’s a great summary of the current state of the crypto/tech world and where it’s headed.
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