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Artist Sol LeWitt with one of his instruction-based wall drawings in 1978. LeWitt is widely credited for his influence on the field of "generative art," which has benefited from NFT technology.

How NFTs Put Generative Artists on the Map

Profile avatars emerged from a long tradition of artists expressing themselves through code, math and randomness. This article is part of CoinDesk’s Culture Week.

Artist Sol LeWitt with one of his instruction-based wall drawings in 1978. LeWitt is widely credited for his influence on the field of "generative art," which has benefited from NFT technology.
BOLOGNA, ITALY - MARCH 30:  French writer Daniel Pennac poses at Arena Del Sole Theater on March 30, 2010 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Roberto Serra - Iguana Press/Getty Images)

10 Great Novels About Money (and Crypto)

A roundup of books worth reading for Culture Week.

BOLOGNA, ITALY - MARCH 30:  French writer Daniel Pennac poses at Arena Del Sole Theater on March 30, 2010 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Roberto Serra - Iguana Press/Getty Images)
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What’s Next for Friends With Benefits?

The crypto-backed social club is looking to remain accessible to the creators it wants to attract.

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Music NFTs Are Set for an Explosive 2022

Music NFTs are about to disrupt an industry full of gatekeepers and middlemen.

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A hummingbird nesting in the main room for the crypto eco retreat at Tierra de Agua in Cocorna, Colombia. (Milton Giraldo, edited by CoinDesk)

In the Colombian Andes, Figuring Out How Crypto Can Save the Climate

Earnest eco-crypto nerds at a three-day retreat attempted to resolve interoperability among crypto-climate projects.

A hummingbird nesting in the main room for the crypto eco retreat at Tierra de Agua in Cocorna, Colombia. (Milton Giraldo, edited by CoinDesk)
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Best Universities for Blockchain 2022: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The school at No. 42 is a member of the largest scientific organization in the country. This story is part of CoinDesk's Education Week.

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Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mindaugas Dulinskas/Getty Images)

Best Universities for Blockchain 2022: Carnegie Mellon University

An interdisciplinary approach to blockchain – and key industry sponsors – elevated the famed Pittsburgh University 11 spots to No. 22. This story is part of CoinDesk's Educati...

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mindaugas Dulinskas/Getty Images)
Boston University Bridge and the Charles River (Wikimedia)

Best Universities for Blockchain 2022: Boston University

A blockchain project to support African farmers is one of the highlights of the blockchain research projects at the No. 49-ranked school. This story is part of CoinDesk's Ed...

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Thndr CEO and co-founder Desiree Dickerson (Melody Wang/CoinDesk)

Mobile Bitcoin Gaming Is Powering Up on Lightning

Des Dickerson: “We want to gamify the world with bitcoin.”

Thndr CEO and co-founder Desiree Dickerson (Melody Wang/CoinDesk)
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Infinite Games: How Crypto Is ‘LARPing’

Crypto communities are playing a big series of “live action role playing games,” and they’re changing how we organize and interact across digital and physical spaces. This po...

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Should Crypto and Porn Get Intimate?

An industry known for leading on tech seems comparatively slow on crypto.

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How the Economics of Bitcoin and Ethereum Shape Their Cultures

Different cryptocurrency networks will form distinct societies.

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In Depth

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Introducing CoinDesk’s Culture Week

How crypto is changing media and entertainment – and forging its own culture.

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Crypto 2022: Future of Money Week

Money innovation is everywhere and it’s getting wilder. Get all the week’s content here.

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Introducing Crypto 2022: Policy Week

Introducing a week of content about how regulators are shaping the digital assets industry (or trying). Find it all here.

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Why I Spent $29M on a Beeple

Next year, the NFT market will broaden and migrate towards quality, said one collector.

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The Lifecycle of a DAO: Inside a Cultural Phenomenon

To think through the cultural practices and evolution of a DAO, we present a thought experiment on the life of a DAO, from birth to death to resurrection.

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Rap group N.W.A. pose with rappers The D.O.C. and Laylaw from Above The Law during their "Straight Outta Compton" tour in 1989. (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Crypto Is the Biggest Thing to Change Culture Since Hip Hop

A ‘90s kid reflects on seeing how iconoclastic rappers changed the world. And how that energy is now in Web 3.

Rap group N.W.A. pose with rappers The D.O.C. and Laylaw from Above The Law during their "Straight Outta Compton" tour in 1989. (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
A digital tree. (Daniel Kuhn/CoinDesk)

Web 3 Is a Return to the Internet’s Wild Spirit

“I think that’s what audiences want, right?” writer and founder of freelance payments system OutVoice, Matt Saincome said.

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Opinion

Happy hour thrown by Sui developer Mysten Labs. (CoinDesk)
Is Crypto on the Cusp of a Bull or Bear Market? Using Consensus 2024 as a Barometer

Conference attendees give their say on market sentiment.

Happy hour thrown by Sui developer Mysten Labs. (CoinDesk)
Tigran Gambaryan, Binance's head of crime compliance, is one of two executives arrest in Nigeria earlier this year. (Shutterstock/Consensus)
The U.S. Response to Binance Exec Tigran Gambaryan's Detention Is Shameful

A mid-tier employee of the crypto exchange and U.S. citizen is being wrongfully detained in Nigeria, former DOJ national security expert Andrew C. Adams argues.

Tigran Gambaryan, Binance's head of crime compliance, is one of two executives arrest in Nigeria earlier this year. (Shutterstock/Consensus)
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The Future of AI Is Decentralized

With AI, centralization doesn’t work on any level: technical, philosophical, ethical, or market, says Alex Goh, founder and chairman of EMC.

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The Unintended Consequences of FIT21’s Crypto Market Structure Bill

Joint CFTC and SEC jurisdiction as outlined in the landmark legislation will add heavy compliance costs, bifurcate global crypto markets and undermine a nascent industry in th...

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