On April 1, 2021, I came home from a long day and sensed an intriguing tension, amplified by the occasionally blinking LED widescreen on Matthias’ desk. An atmosphere akin to suspension. On the top of the screen, a number kept rising, followed by the abbreviation “ETH.”

I asked Matthias, how did it go? For I had a nebulous idea that one of his digital artwork debuted at an auction on Withfoundation, an NFT platform for crypto art trading. More accurately, it was a work created by his work, the world’s first fully automated 3D design “influencer” Rachael Lery. Rachael had…

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