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On July 8th an expedition to one of the most untouched places on earth set sails in the town of Petropavlovsk in Kamchatka headed towards the Kuril Islands to explore the environmental impact on this remote area of the earth, try first ascents and raise awareness for the protection of the islands. Tomorrow Unlocked accompanied the adventurers on their journey and reported on their insights, feeling, and challenges.
In August we introduced our very first web documentary series hacker:HUNTER by telling the infamous Carbanak story. An incredible heist that cost banks millions of dollars. A few weeks later we premiered the second documentary titled hacker:HUNTER - Wannacry: The Marcus Hutchins Story. An exclusive Tomorrow Unlocked documentary. Both documentaries have more than 2.345.500 views on YouTube today. Watch all episodes here.
IT security expert Marco Preuss takes us all on a journey to unlock how tomorrow may look like in his web series Imagine Beyond. Marco talks with experts about how technology may shape our humanity in the future, and the potentials of human augmentation. We are at an exciting stage of evolution: What was science-fiction is now becoming fact and it is happening faster than most of us expected.
Art is never easy. A work that fascinates and inspires one could insult and annoy the other. Social media offers creatives a perfect place to showcase their art to a completely different and international crowd. Street art in particular is a great example of this. In our web documentary Leaving the Underground we follow a group of artists to understand how technology and social media shape their art and made their creative movement possible.
With Covid-19 taking over the world and a lot of countries in lockdown 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us – but it also is one major historical moment we are all experiencing as a collective, be it in Russia, Germany, Nigeria or the US. We partnered up with The Community Creatives and asked creatives all over the world to capture one hour of their life in lockdown in a one-minute short film. In three rounds we managed to capture TWELVE minutes of history, creativity, and connection with entries from all over the globe, showing us that we are all the same with our fears and hopes.
Heroes of tomorrow!
In a world where everything becomes more digital and intertwined it has become more important to protect ourselves against hackers and cybercriminals. Our web series Defenders of Digital portraits heroes like Eva Galperin and Salvi Pascual, who take a dive into the dark side of the web and combat bad guys to protect our technological future. Meet our heroes on YouTube.
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We're celebrating our first year of Tomorrow Unlocked on a high and are more than happy to walk into our second year with brand new ideas to inform, inspire, and enrichen you. Stay tuned and let's unlock our future together.
Ultra-fast gaming and the sports of tomorrow, with Break the Record's Fredrik Lidholt
Completing a game more quickly than opponents is the goal of the esport of speedrunning. It could be Super Mario, Doom or any other game. This week we'll see which elite players can break the speed record playing Minecraft.
Speed is the name of the game
The Break the Record Live Series is a live-streamed event where elite gamers compete to be the fastest ever player. Next week, they'll try to break the Minecraft speed-playing record. The brains behind Break the Record, Fredrik Lidholt (aka Edenal) chats about the future of esports with Marco Preuss and Rainer Bock in the latest episode of Unlocked.
Find out more about next week's Minecraft event here!
Intro to cryptoart and non-fungible tokens (NFTS)
A non-fungible token (NFT) of digital kitten art sold for 170,000 US dollars. These tokens could change how we buy, sell and own digital media. What are they, and could they build a new creative economy? To start, check out the video above from CNBC!
Is this the art of true ownership in the digital age?
Most of us can make a GIF, take a picture or record a clip, but what if you could sell those and other digital media for hundreds of thousands of dollars? With the rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), pictures, short clips of comedians, GIFs and every other form of digital art is now being tokenized and sold just like a physical painting.
What is an NFT?
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a digital certificate of ownership of a piece of digital information that can be bought and sold. It works the same way as cryptocurrency: Secure transactions made between two parties recorded permanently through blockchain. The difference is, with bitcoin – a popular cryptocurrency using blockchain – you can trade one coin for the other and it has the same value, but NFTs are one-of-a-kind. Each NFT is unique and can have a different value.
You can make NFTs of almost anything digital, but the big news is they're starting to be used to buy and sell digital art, known as cryptoart.
Why NFTs can benefit digital artists and art buyers
Uniqueness has always been central to the art market. Digital art is hard to sell, and for buyers, hard to 'own' because of the potential for an infinite number of copies. NFTs could solve that problem.
For creators, NFTs are super trendy and therefore add to your enigmatic status, and they have a handy sell-on feature. If you sell a GIF using NFTs, you get a percentage every time the NFT is sold to a new buyer. Imagine Van Gogh selling a painting, then getting a slice of every resale, forever.
And if you're a buyer, you have a concrete claim of owning a piece of digital art. And speaking of buying, you might want to see this.
A world gone mad for NFTs
The best way to understand the NFT market explosion is to see some pieces that have fetched crazy sums. Brace yourself.
This Nyan Cat GIF sold for almost $600,000 US dollars.
Grimes - The NFT goldrush continues
This 50-second video by Grimes sold for almost $390,000.
Watch the video here.
Beeple - Authenticated by blockchain
This video by Beeple sold for $6.6 million.
Watch the video here.
Crypto financial and environmental impacts
Many financial experts have warned that this could be an investment bubble that, if it bursts, could mean big losses.And while NFTs are making the digital art world fairer, they come with a warning. The sale of a crypto art piece can use the same amount of energy in one transaction as an art studio uses in two years.
How artists can benefit
If you're an aspiring or established artist or content creator, no promises, but this could be big for you. First, prepare your work ready, whether it's a GIF, picture or video. Then, when you're happy with it, start on NIfty Gateway. On Nifty Gateway, you can apply to create a project for them to sell.