A hand-painted "self-portrait" by the world-famous humanoid robot, Sophia, has sold at auction as a non-fungible token, or NFT, for more than $688,000.
Titled "Sophia Instantiation," the digital work is a 12-second MP4 file showing the evolution of artist Andrea Bonaceto's portrait into Sophia's digital painting, and is accompanied by a physical artwork.
Bonaceto is an artist and partner at blockchain investment firm Eterna Capital. The work shows Sophia "interpreting" a depiction of her own face, which was processed by the robot's neural networks, and then painting an interpretation of the image.
The sale is the latest art-focused NFT, an encrypted digital signature that has spawned a frenzy on Wall Street and in the arts and sports markets in recent months.
From digital sports cards from "The Gronk" to a limited premiere music release from band Kings of Leon to a single digital copy of a Banksy being burned, NFTs are opening a new digital realm of buying, selling, trading, collecting - and investing.
NFTs are cryptographic tokens similar to bitcoin or Ethereum. Unlike cryptocurrencies, however, NFTs can be digital art, an experience, a collectible, and many other things.
Shares of entertainment marketing and content company Dolphin Entertainment (DLPN) - Get Report soared on Wednesday after it said it formed a new NFT division that will allow fans of professional football and sports entertainment to buy and sell exclusive content developed by Hall of Fame Resort and its partners.
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