How Anil Dash and Kevin McCoy Invented NFTs in 2014

In “NFTs Weren’t Supposed to End Like This,” Glitch CEO Anil Dash reflects on how, in 2014, he and artist Kevin McCoy invented NFTs. Paired at Seven on Seven, Rhizome’s annual one-night hackathon in New York City, the two prototyped monetized graphics, a blockchain-backed technology of asserting ownership over an original digital work (photo). “Our dream of empowering artists hasn’t yet come true,” Dash concludes disillusioned, “but it has yielded a lot of commercially exploitable hype.”

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