Bilibili lays out digital collections, and is it time to do the metaverse?

A distant relative of “XXX 5G digital cloud liquor license”.

Since the concept of the metaverse suddenly exploded on the Internet, almost all slightly influential Internet companies have been actively involved in the construction of the metaverse, scrambling to build their own “digital homes”. With the help of the Metaverse, a number of concepts closely related to the Metaverse have also become popular. The “obscure” but “valuable” NFT is the best example. This kind of digital collectibles is born out of The concept of NFT was originally born in the blockchain, but it was neglected for several years because it was difficult to reflect the value, or it was difficult to cash out. It was not until the recent rise of the concept of the metaverse that NFT returned to the center of public attention. 

Not long ago, the “Geide Digital Art Avatar” released at Station B once again brought up the ancient concept of “digital collection”. 

NFTs or digital collections?

Although the release of pigeon virtue can be described as nine bends and eighteen bends, from the initial “the first digital collection of young people” to the later “8 Yin soldiers” and “monkey playing” to the later compensation plan, “pioneer virtue” Since its release, almost every link that can go wrong has gone wrong, but here, I still need to clarify a misunderstanding: Dove is a digital collection, but not an NFT. Although the two concepts are very similar, and in some cases are even confused by people unintentionally or intentionally, the definitions of the two are not the same, and the related rights and interests are even more different.

Bilibili lays out digital collections, and is it time to do the metaverse?

First, let’s take a look at what a digital collection is. In very popular terms, those game skins that are “simply a string of codes” are actually digital collections in a broad sense. As a concept relative to physical collections, digital collections are actually very interesting: people are full of expectations for its application prospects, and hope that their digital collections can be worth thousands of dollars and realize wealth freedom overnight. However, technically speaking, the characteristics of digital collections have become the biggest obstacle to the appreciation and investment of digital collections.

Is this concept difficult to understand? Let’s put it another way. Suppose you’re wealthy enough to buy an authentic Mona Lisa smile and have the French deliver it to your house with free shipping. Since then, the painting has become your physical collection. So how do you show off to your friends that you got the picture? It is obviously the most convenient way to hang the painting on the wall of your living room. Every friend who comes to your house for dinner knows that you have bought this masterpiece. 

It’s a pity that the constant stream of visitors has caused great trouble to your daily life. At this time, you decided to stop the exhibition of physical exhibits. But you are concerned about the cultural cause and you can’t bear to let everyone see this masterpiece, so you hired a professional team to digitally scan the painting, and got a copy of Mona Lisa’s smile.jpg, available on the Internet Free distribution to the world. 

This Mona Lisa Smile.jpg is a digital collection that anyone can download for free on the Internet. Of course, as the owner, you can also pay to sell, but paying to sell does not prevent others from copying the document from the buyer. Gradually, this jpg has already been handed out and cannot be used to prove that you own the painting. 

Bilibili lays out digital collections, and is it time to do the metaverse?

But the example of NFT is different. As the owner of the physical collection, when you make high-definition scanned pictures, you submit the unique number of the file to the blockchain. And announced that “only this document in your hand is authentic”, the unique number of this picture is engraved on the XXX blockchain, and its uniqueness is protected by the XXX blockchain. Even if someone copies the picture in your hand, or even takes a screenshot, they can’t get the file with a unique number. At this time, the high-definition scanned version of Mona Lisa’s smile in your hand has become a unique and unforgeable NFT from a digital collection that can be copied 10 times a second.

To put it simply, Gede is just a digital collection within the Bilibili system. It has not yet reached the standards of NFT in terms of ownership and versatility. It is not appropriate to call it the first NFT for young people. 

Are digital collections destined to be inferior?

Seeing this, you may think that digital collections are destined to be inferior. After all, from the perspective of supply and demand, digital collections that can be copied indefinitely are destined to be worthless. But that’s not the case. We know that in a market economy, price changes are determined by supply and demand. In other words, as long as you can ensure that “only you can copy” and control the total amount of digital collections from the source, there is still hope of getting rich overnight by relying on digital exhibits. So how do you limit the copying and distribution of files? Building your own platform is the easiest way. 

Bilibili lays out digital collections, and is it time to do the metaverse?

Taking “Pigeon” as an example, Station B has established its own digital collection management and delivery system to ensure that only users with “Pigeon” can view, use and trade this digital collection. That’s right, you can get a “copy pigeon virtue” by taking screenshots or even shooting directly with your mobile phone. But in the system of digital collections at station B, pigeon virtue still does not belong to you.

In fact, this self-built platform controls the relationship between supply and demand, thereby indirectly ensuring the price of collections, which has been very maturely used in other fields. In CSGO, the “Castle Dragon” that can be used as a down payment, the digital albums in the music software are, after all, a kind of digital collection. 

Since the concept of digital collections is enough, why is there the birth of NFTs? Here comes the question of ownership.Here we continue to take the game skin as an example. Although I bought a souvenir dragon sniper with my house down payment, I can only use it in CSGO. But if I saved enough down payment in the metaverse that day and bought a house in the original universe, then I would not be able to show my priceless game skin in the original universe, so there is NFT. 

In an ideal situation, NFTs and Bitcoins are actually very similar, and their uniqueness is guaranteed by blockchain technology. These NFTs can also be transferred and circulated between different platforms, and even offline methods such as U-disk cold wallets Conducting unknown transactions also coincides with the envisioned concept of a decentralized metaverse.

But as far as the reality is concerned, these metaverse products led by Internet giants are far from the envisioned metaverse. In the vision, the metaverse is not controlled by a single company and is a decentralized platform. But in order to increase the number of users of their metaverse products, almost all Internet companies that target the “metaverse” run counter to the word decentralization. Being highly independent and not communicating with each other has become the characteristics of the metaverse products of the new era.

Bilibili lays out digital collections, and is it time to do the metaverse?

This is also the reason why many Internet companies now use “digital products” to replace NFTs. Like some crypto tokens, when no one is using them, crypto tokens are just a few numbers on a website, but they can also be considered “currency” as long as enough people admit it. 

As long as their platforms become mainstream, those companies that hold the right to issue “digital collections” will be able to control the “coinage” rights in the metaverse in disguise, thus giving them complete control over their own metaverse. Users switch to other platforms? Unlike NFTs, digital collections can not be circulated across platforms, and they cannot follow users to the metaverse launched by competitors. The cost of users’ “number porting” has also increased sharply.

This is the age of the Metaverse Economy

After all, the reason why major Internet companies are making efforts in the field of digital collections is to improve their competitiveness in the Metaverse. Technically, we in 2022 are still far from the envisioned metaverse. The metaverse products we see now are not so much metaverse, but rather products that companies use the concept of metaverse to divide their spheres of influence in the metaverse era. 

The so-called digital collection is only a means of attracting users to enter their sphere of influence and increasing user stickiness. You must know that even some wineries in my country have launched “digital wine certificates” based on the concept of digital collections. Digital collections and NFTs have become “quantum” in the mouth of Hollywood screenwriters, but it is just another marketing concept. However, from another perspective, we cannot completely deny the role of digital collections and NFTs. From a broad perspective, game skins, scenery wallpapers, and original music all have the potential to become digital collections. 

As the public’s awareness and recognition of digital collections increases, virtual item transactions in the digital age may usher in new opportunities for development, and at the same time actively promote the development of copyright protection regulations. This is a good thing for both users and 9 creators. Moreover, the current NFTs and digital collections also have a single technical practice that is separated from the background of the metaverse. After the real metaverse products are launched, both digital collections and NFTs will become the best way to attract new users and enrich the initial content of the metaverse. best soil.

Bilibili lays out digital collections, and is it time to do the metaverse?

As for how do we view the so-called “digital collections” at this stage? Here I would like to thank Douglas Engelbart, the American scientist who invented the mouse, so that we can right-click on the picture and save it in 2022, half a century later. 

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