In April of 2019, Elon Musk appeared on the Lex Fridman podcast wherein he
wrapped up the podcast by reading aloud part of the famous “Pale Blue Dot”
quote from the late Carl Sagan. Its inspiring message was made even more
interesting by his assertion that we can eventually escape this planet to Mars. It
was a brilliant couple of minutes, but one artist has arguably made it epic by
editing the reading into a video and selling it as a unique piece of “art”. Theyʼre
doing this by selling a single copy of the video, released nowhere else online, as
an NFT.

If youʼve been living under a rock(arenʼt we all, thanks to COVID?) and havenʼt
heard of an NFT yet, hereʼs what Wikipedia says:

A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a
blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus they are
not interchangeable. NFTs can represent digital files such as art, audio, video, and
other forms of creative work.
Non-fungible token - Wikipedia

This means that the “Pale Blue Dot” reading can be purchased and owned only by
a single person(or entity) and that ownership is forever stamped onto an
immutable blockchain. It cannot be stolen from the owner, it cannot be
counterfeited(because of timestamps you can point to the original), and only one
person can own it. If scarcity is the primary driver of value, then, a unique one-ofa-kind NFT asset which can only be owned by a single person could be the very
definition of valuable. Will these kinds of unique art pieces become highly valuable
and sought-after assets? Only time will tell.

Pale Blue Dot(As Read By Elon Musk)
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