In a bid to boldly go where no man has gone before, one consortium of mad geniuses is pushing the boundaries of NFTs. Taking the signature of Sci-Fi legend, Gene Roddenberry, and implanting it in the DNA sequence of a bacteria. All using the technology of the blockchain.
Back in 1965, Gene Roddenberry signed a contract that would change science fiction forever. Contained within, was an agreement with Lucille Ball’s Desilu Studios, which consequently secured the financing for the birth of the Star Trek franchise. Now, 30 years after Gene Roddenberry’s death, this very signature has been brought back to life.
Able scientist, Dr. Paul Predki, has fired up his incredibly large brain to create the first-ever living NFT. Basically, encoding the digital data contained in the token into a DNA sequence. And then storing that DNA into a naturally self-replicating bacteria cell. The result is a carbon positive, living NFT that is capable of duplicating itself indefinitely.
The project was created on the Solana blockchain, courtesy of Metaplex Studios, and is on display at Art Basel in Miami. So, if the Star Trek Funko’s weren’t Sci-Fi enough for you, maybe this will fit the bill. However, if you’re the kind of person who struggles to keep a cactus alive, maybe give it a miss.