Akamai Launches First NFT Artwork Dynamically Powered by the Internet

As the world’s largest edge platform with 4,000 points of presence in nearly 900 cities, Akamai is uniquely positioned to project the entire internet into a unique digital artwork.

“Akamai is passionate about empowering and protecting the infinite possibilities of online life. What better way to convey our central role than through a dynamic portrait of the Internet that reflects our unique view of Internet activity as fueled by billions of people who live their lives online,” said Kim Salem-Jackson, head of marketing, Akamai. “With this NFT, we hope to show a new audience how beautifully complex the internet is and how Akamai is contributing to a safer and more connected world.”

The well-known multidisciplinary artist R. Luke DuBois, who is adept at translating the intersection of art, culture and technology, was selected by Akamai to interpret his extensive data set. DuBois approached the NFT as a work of art that can be seen as well as heard. By drawing on the Akamai data feed and including both healthy network activity, such as traffic generated by people checking news feeds and streaming videos, and hostile network activity, such as denial-of-service attacks on servers, phishing emails, and website corruption , the artwork reflects humanity’s multifaceted online footprint.

“Interpreting what the Internet means to the world — the good and the bad, its sheer scale and endless potential — was a challenge that immediately inspired me,” said DuBois. “Working with such a uniquely rich dataset and layering in advanced AI technology, I’ve shaped the artwork to capture the fluid nature of the Internet and the humanity behind it.”

The NFT is available exclusively on the artist-friendly marketplace Artano, which runs on the Cardano blockchain. Akamai selected Cardano, an environmentally sustainable blockchain, which uses a proof-of-stake system, where the cost of capital comes from stakeholders who have tokens in the system, not hardware and electricity. The artwork will reflect internet data from Akamai’s global platform for a year, after which it will continue to change based on an AI prediction of what internet activity will look like over time.

In keeping with the company’s goal of improving the lives of billions of people billions of times a day, all proceeds from the sale of this NFT will be donated to the Akamai Foundation. The foundation will spend the funds on initiatives that support the next generation of online living by providing equal access to quality STEM education and attracting diverse talent to the technology industry.

Find the auction on the Artano market.

About Akamai

Akamai nurtures and protects life online. Leading companies around the world choose Akamai to build, deliver and secure their digital experiences, enabling billions of people to live, work and play every day. With the world’s most distributed computing platform — from cloud to edge — we make it easy for customers to develop and run applications, while keeping experiences closer to users and threats further away. Learn more about Akamai’s security, compute and delivery solutions at akamai.com and akamai.com/blogor follow Akamai Technologies Twitter and LinkedIn

About R Luke DuBois

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist and performer who explores the temporal, verbal and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He has a PhD in music composition from University of Columbia, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated with many artists and organizations on interactive performances, installations and music production. Exhibitions of his work include: the Insitut Valencià d’Art Modern, Spainhouse of the electronic art, Switzerland† 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver† Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis† San Jose Museum of Art; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia† Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art; Daelim Museum of Modern Art, Seoul† 2007 Sundance Film Festival; the Sydney film festival; the Smithsonian American art museum† PROSPECT.2 New Orleans† and the Aspen Institute.

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