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Conward: Hello Patrick, it’s nice to have you on the show, and thank you for taking the time to talk with us today and answer a few questions about the work you’ve been doing with NFT-Maker.io!
Patrick: Hey! Thanks for having me.
Conward: So, first of all, tell us a little bit about yourself—your background, what drew you into crypto in general…?
Patrick: I recently finished my Computer Science studies here in Germany, so I am now working full-time on Cardano – very exciting! I got into the crypto space back in 2017. I started out pretty normal, with Bitcoin, then went over to Ethereum and random coins until I finally discovered Cardano. Since then, I kept following the project, and then, last year, I finally decided to get a little bit more involved by starting my own Stake Pool!
Conward: I know it might be relatively obvious, but, for our listeners and viewers, would you be able to explain what NFT-Maker.io is?
Patrick: NFT-MAKER is the easiest way to create your own NFTs on Cardano. You simply go to the website, upload an image, add some info, and, in less than 2 minutes, you can have your own NFT.
Conward: There are multiple cryptocurrency platforms that allow the production of NFTs. What made you choose Cardano as the blockchain platform to build your project on?
Patrick: Cardano as a whole has many great technological advantages over other platforms. As a Computer Science student – or now alumni – I’m of course always drawn to the best tech. In three words: Sustainability, Speed, and Scalability. These are the main arguments that make NFTs on Cardano so much better than on any other chain.
Conward: Do you plan to offer the possibility of converting NFTs purchased on the Ethereum platform to Cardano’s in the future?
Patrick: I have definitely thought about that and I think it would help drive adoption a lot! But it’s not one of my main priorities at the moment.
Conward: How will smart contracts affect NFT-MAKERs future? Do you expect to see a huge boom in NFT listings or the NFT market?
Patrick: Without smart contracts we can’t offer any of the core functionalities that we want to support with the NFT-MAKER Version 2. Mainly, auctions and trading of NFTs. So yes, I definitely expect a huge boom in NFT listings!
Conward: What are the forms of artwork currently listed as NFTs on NFT-MAKER? We see paintings, photography, some GIFs and memes, anything else, and what formats or other NFTs do you aim to provide in the future?
Patrick: We aim to provide support for music files, video files, 3D models, documents and more!
Conward: Along with the previous question, where do you hope to see NFTs or the NFT space in 2 years?
Patrick: I want to see the NFT mature away from “just” trading cards/collectables and towards a more serious usage of NFTs, such as, for licenses.
Conward: How are you protecting creators in terms of the value of their artworks? I see that the NFTs on NFTMaker do not have watermarks. For example, if one were to simply take a screenshot of a displayed artwork, one does not necessarily have to purchase the work to “own” it.
Patrick: The harsh truth is: Watermarks are 100% useless. Anyone can access the artwork through the metadata of the NFT.
We want to protect artists by making it easy for them to verify that they’re the actual artist. For this we’re thinking about including KYC processes and other forms of verification.
Conward: Now for some more fun questions to help our viewers and listeners learn a little bit more about you! What are some of the coolest NFTs you have seen?
Conward: What would be your personal favorite NFT right now and why?
My favourite in particular is the #00000 unsigned_algorithm. Why? Well, because it’s the basis for all other unsigs. It’s completely black but it stores the whole source code for generating unsig NFTs, so I think it might be the single most important NFT on Cardano.
Conward: Do you have a favorite NFT artist?
Patrick: I really enjoy the work of thinkgrowcrypto on Twitter.
Conward: What is your favorite style of NFT?
Patrick: Personally, I most enjoy NFTs that bring something new to the table. So for example interactive NFTs.
Conward: What would be the most idiosyncratic (or “odd”) NFT you have seen on the NFTMaker platform?
Patrick: Dick pics. For sure. And lots of cat images.
Conward: Similarly, what would be the funniest NFT you have seen?
Patrick: It’s most likely also a picture of a cat. It’s mostly funny because whenever the owner of that NFT contacts me, he adds this image to the message and talks about himself in third person. Super cool person though!
Conward: What are your thoughts on some of the NFT based games that are being built on Cardano such as Occulta Novellia and Cardania?
Patrick: I think NFTs & Games are the perfect fit because gamers are usually already digital natives. So it makes sense to cater it to them since they will be able to easily adapt to the crypto space!
Conward: This has been super informative, and I really appreciate you taking the time to chat today. Before we go, how can listeners get involved with what you’re doing, or how can people best support you and your team?
Patrick: Thank you so much for having me! The easiest way to support us would be through voting for us in Project Catalyst Fund5, which has just started. You can find our project under “Dapps and Integrations.”
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