NFTs explained

By US Desk
Fri, 11, 21

These services not only make money from our content, they control it. Until NFTs....

NFTs explained


NFTs or non-fungible tokens are not a fad. The internet has increasingly become our default context and NFTs are, in fact, the building blocks of the internet of the future.

Right now, the few large corporations that run the most effective ad networks control most of the value on today's internet, not the people creating its content. On today's internet, we don't get paid for the work we do with our minds. And what's more, the content we upload to these services is trapped there. These services not only make money from our content, they control it. Until NFTs.

It's a certificate of ownership registered on the blockchain for everyone to see. It's similar to the deed you get when you buy a house in the physical world. But instead of a house, an NFT denotes ownership of a file on the internet. And unlike copyright or watermarks, which are ancient technologies, NFTs are internet native. In the physical world, ownership actually fences people out. Digital space, however, is expansive. It's home to the infinite. NFTs offer a system of ownership that reflects this expansiveness. With NFTs, your owning something doesn't preclude others from enjoying it. In fact, it's the opposite. The more an NFT is seen, appreciated and understood, the more possibility it has to increase in value.

Once digital value and ownership are no longer the sole domain of a few corporations, radical new possibilities emerge. NFTs are already being used by the next generation of internet pioneers. So what does the internet of the future look like with NFTs as its building blocks? An internet where economic control rests in the hands of creators, not platforms.

The art of sending food back at restaurants

NFTs explained

The opinions of food professionals vary on a number of matters but the overall consensus is that people should feel confident in sending back dishes containing off items or undercooked meat, eggs or seafood, as well as dishes missing key ingredients or with bonus hair, objects or critters.

* If someone is paying for something that they think is inedible, they should feel free to voice their opinion. But people should give a venue the chance to rectify the problem. Or to shoo them out the door with a salt shaker. Either way.

* People often try to get a replacement meal, discount or full free ride because they simply don’t enjoy a perfectly executed dish. They finish their entire meal and then kick up a fuss to avoid payment, which is ridiculous.

* You should send the dish back if you’ve had it many times without issue. If offered a replacement, ask for a different dish, as any dressings or sauces in the original order would be from a daily batch and the same problem would be likely to recur.

* Valid reasons for complaining include dishes not matching their menu description and over-seasoning to the point of discomfort. Make sure to always raise the issue in a courteous and professional manner.

* Diners who slam a venue on social media or TripAdvisor without commenting in person are another pain point. Food reviews that say this is 16/20; Instagram posts that say this croissant is good but the one at that other bakery is not good. Maybe if there was more nuance and understanding of subjectivity, we’d all understand our own tastes better. Some people complain the scrambled eggs are too runny, so the recipe is changed leaving fans of runny scrambled eggs suffering.