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Elon Musk, the tech magnate, recently revisited his views on Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that gained immense popularity during the 2021 cryptocurrency bull market. NFTs, known for their unique blockchain linkage, have seen instances where they’re traded for millions in cryptocurrency.

On December 27, Musk responded to a thread on X (formerly Twitter) initiated by DogeDesigner, who questioned if “anyone still remembers NFTs.” The query led to a quip by Adrian Dittmann about NFTs being “Web links to data You don’t own,” prompting Musk to echo sentiments he expressed on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast on October 31:

“You should at least encode the JPEG in the blockchain. If the company housing the image goes out of business, you don’t have the image anymore.” – Elon Musk, The Joe Rogan Experience, October 31

Musk’s Critique of NFTs and Emerging Solutions

Musk’s critique highlights a core issue in the NFT market, where images or media are hosted on centralized databases and linked to blockchain-based NFTs. This structure means that investors are essentially trading hash IDs rather than the actual media files. The reliance on centralized databases poses a risk to the permanence of the linked media.

However, advancements in blockchain technology are addressing this concern. Some platforms have started directly embedding media like JPEGs, videos, and music into the blockchain itself. This method ensures that the media remains accessible and tradeable, independent of centralized hosts.

For instance, Leonidas (@LeonidasNFT) recently inscribed a video clip of Musk’s commentary as an Ordinals Inscription, making it a direct NFT on the Bitcoin blockchain. This innovation allows for the ownership and trading of the media without depending on external databases.

As the NFT space continues to evolve, it’s likely that new solutions will emerge, enhancing the value and utility of NFTs as truly decentralized digital assets. Enthusiasts are optimistic about the potential of blockchain technology to revolutionize how digital media is owned and exchanged.