Final proof-of-work Ethereum block used to create ‘vanity’ NFT


15 September 2022 10:44, UTC


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The ultimate Ethereum block mined earlier than the community switched from proof-of-work (POW) consensus was used to mint a single NFT — at a value of about $50,000.

The NFT is what’s generally known as a conceit block and was created by the VanityBlocks crew, based on VanityBlocks founder MonkeyOnTheLoose. An arrogance block incorporates a transaction so giant that it deliberately fills up your entire block — leaving no room for another transactions.

The NFT known as “The Final POW Block” and, like all VanityBlocks, reveals a pair of eyes peering out from a black background.

VanityBlocks founder MonkeyOnTheLoose instructed The Block on Thursday that they’d been engaged on this final-block undertaking for a couple of month — regardless of being conscious it had a slim probability of success.

“I assume it is a meditation artsy kinda factor,” MonkeyOnTheLoose stated by way of Telegram. “Been engaged on [VanityBlocks] for a yr now. Going towards all [odds]. We had like a 15% probability to really get it.” 

The ultimate proof-of-work block additionally contained the textual content, “You make the dedication and nature will reply to that dedication by eradicating unattainable obstacles. Dream the unattainable dream and the world is not going to grind you underneath, it should carry you up. That is the trick.”

VanityBlocks are an costly strategy to mint an NFT. VanityBlocks paid 31 ETH ($49,600) on to mining pool F2Pool to mint the NFT and spent 1.3 ETH on transaction charges (partly burned and partly despatched to f2Pool). MonkeyOnTheLoose stated they raised 70 ETH from traders in three days to make this occur.

VanityBlocks’ technique of seizing total Ethereum blocks gained some consideration again in February. It brought about some controversy because the technique slows down the community for everybody else. 

The Merge passed off at 6:44 a.m. UTC in the present day as Ethereum transitioned from proof of labor to proof of stake. This diminished the community’s environmental influence and made a number of modifications to its tokenomics.

After The Merge

In an act of symmetry, not solely was the final POW block devoted to minting an NFT however the first block on proof of stake was additionally used to mint one.

The primary POS block was used to create an NFT of a panda, together with some key particulars referring to the block. An individual utilizing the identify The Transition — who has simply arrange a brand new Twitter account and web site — has claimed they created it. The gathering seems to be a restricted run of 100 NFTs, that are being auctioned on the web site.

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