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Social experiment results in billions of digitally identical NFTs: What was the purpose?

Social experiment results in billions of digitally identical NFTs: What was the purpose?

Last updated 29th Jun 2022
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  • Each NFT carries its own serial number, a commentary on how people are perceived
  • Web3 has the potential to put users first, creating a more honest form of individuality
  • Project seeks to dignify refugee reception across the globe

A social experiment by Dadara, a Dutch artist, and NFT digital rights management platform RAIRtech resulted in the creation of 7.9 billion digitally identical NFTs to provide immutable blockchain identity. The NFTs are of CryptoGreyman, Bankless Times learned from a press release.

Commentary on social perception

Physically, all the NFTs are identical. However, there’s more to this experiment than meets the eye. Each one carries its own serial number, a commentary on how people are perceived in the centralized world, where corporations have all the power.

Most NFTs seek to create scarcity by imposing limited collections, ‘rare’ traits, and exclusive communities. The CryptoGreyman collection aims for the opposite. Each NFT in this collection is available for 1 MATIC.

Dadara commented:

I see this as a dead-serious prank, which can rattle the cage of consensual reality and elevate the conversation. It’s an experiment with an unpredictable outcome. No one specific NFT is better than another, and because the minting price is widely accessible it will be interesting to see what value each individual CryptoGreyman holder brings.

He gave the Greyman character, whom he created back in the 1990s, a pixelated, web3 makeover. The only standout feature is the serial number, listed in sequential minted order.

Web3 has the potential to transform society

The project comments how corporations and governments overlook people’s individuality, reducing them to stats and numbers. In parallel, social networks are putting unprecedented pressure on people to be radically unique. Against the backdrop of this paradox, Dadara hopes to inspire discussion of Web3’s potential to put users first, creating a more honest form of individuality.

Garrett Minks, CTO of RAIRtech added:

This year this whole NFT “status symbol” idea has really developed, to the point where people will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a Bored Ape NFT or other PFP projects and will use that piece of digital uniqueness as what defines them. This project is more democratized, the barrier for entry is intentionally low. When a person purchases a CryptoGreyman, that attached serial number is theirs. That number, if they chose to keep it, will be theirs until the end of time, or the blockchain ceases to exist.

Supporting a real-world cause

The project has teamed up with non-profit Movement on the Ground, an organization that seeks to dignify refugee reception across the globe.

The cause was chosen because one of the largest issues that refugees face is the struggle to obtain the proper forms of identification needed to seek refuge. Countries and governments often see refugees and asylum seekers as paperwork rather than people fleeing unimaginable situations.

Drop minted on Polygon

Polygon provided the Layer 2 solution to mint the drop, which took place on February 22 at 2:22 pm EST.

Daniela Kirova

Daniela Kirova

Daniela is a writer at Bankless Times, covering the latest news on the cryptocurrency market and blockchain industry. She has over 15 years of experience as a writer, having ghostwritten for several online publications in the financial sector.