The Past, the Present, and the Promising Future of NFTs

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are unique digital assets that cannot be duplicated once they are minted. They have been in existence since 2017, with the survivors making up the current NFT environment. In the past, NFTs were relatively unknown, even amongst crypto fans, but they now seem to be stealing the attention of many blockchain enthusiasts globally. Currently, there are numerous NFTs minted on the Ethereum blockchain, with CryptoPunks as the most popular.

CryptoPunk is art imagery created randomly by Larva Labs in a modern-day profile picture format (PPF) NFT. The adoption of these early NFTs led to their widespread and growing level of success. Since then, thousands of NFT projects like CryptoCats, TeraNullius, CryptoKitties and many others have continued to emerge.

The Present Day NFTs

With the swelling interest in digital currencies in different parts of the world, NFTs have equally started to gain in popularity. NFTs provide a unique onboarding platform for newbies unable to cope with the technical complexity of how crypto works. It is easier for many to purchase NFTs, rather than trying to understand how Bitcoin operates.

Furthermore, Ethereum plays an important role in taking NFTs to the mainstream as the first to support the ERC-721 standard. The majority of NFT projects in circulation today rely on this blockchain for creating, hosting and distributing NFTs, in addition to Bitcoin. As the world is becoming increasingly digitalized, the success of NFT projects like CryptoPunks has become an inspiration to other projects. They now invest heavily in NFT basics and enhance the accessibility, as well as the functionality of NFTs cross-chain.

With the development of more user-friendly blockchains like Avalanche, Solana, and Polygon, NFTs have become increasingly popular. These new blockchains aid the rapid innovation and competition in the NFT space and have made the transformation more evident. As it stands, more people have started to join the NFT ecosystem via influential NFTs like the generative profile, picture projects, fiat accessibility, photography, and play-to-earn gaming.

The Future of the NFT World

Following the NFT trends, there is the possibility of an era where people will no longer use the internet as consumers or end-users. Instead, consumers will become personal creators as well as owners of their media content leveraging NFTs. The future, already here with the arrival of blockchain-based projects, will be a new age revolutionizing the use of the internet, where NFTs will constitute a key component of people’s daily lives.

Invariably, the demand for NFTs will continue to grow and they will serve as tickets to sporting concerts or events, the cinema, the deeds of houses and so on. Both creators and consumers, in general, will trade on these tokenized assets to generate more profit and this transformation will bring forth an intersection of various genres of NFTs, referred to as the Metaverse.

Most importantly, NFTs will allow the reality of the idea of digital ownership and proven authenticity through blockchain technology, eliminating the fear of volatility within the digital industry.


In conclusion, as the meta-verse agenda continues to evolve, NFTs will also conform to maintain unique ownership. For now, NFTs have succeeded in gaining the interest of celebrities through digital artworks and so on, but the future of NFTs equals the progression of the Metaverse. Finally, the future will also herald the new social media era; a new age where people care more about what art or NFTs (the new internet identity) you hold, and not about how many likes are on your post.


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