NFTs and Their Real-Life Use Case Potential

10 min readJan 25


Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a new type of digital asset that has been gaining traction in recent years. They are unique, indivisible, and cryptographically secure tokens that can be used to represent a variety of digital assets, from artwork and collectables to real estate and even virtual land. NFTs allow for the creation of digital scarcity, which opens up a world of possibilities for tokenizing physical and digital assets. This article will explore the potential use cases of NFTs in the real world and how they can revolutionize the way we do business.

Explanation of what NFTs are

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a type of digital asset that is unique and cannot be replaced. They are stored on blockchain networks, which makes them immutable, transparent, and secure. NFTs have the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with digital assets and create new economic opportunities. They can represent ownership of digital assets such as artwork, music, videos, and even physical items. They can also be used to tokenize real-world assets, such as real estate or collectables. NFTs are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to provide an immutable record of ownership and transfer of digital assets.

Brief history of NFTs and their evolution

NFTs have been around since 2017 when they were first introduced on the Ethereum blockchain by CryptoKitties. Since then, they have become increasingly popular, with more and more projects utilizing NFTs to tokenize a variety of digital assets. More recently, the development of platforms such as OpenSea and NFTify has made it easier for users to trade and purchase NFTs. These developments have opened up new opportunities for artists, creators, and others, who can now use NFTs to monetize their creations. NFTs are becoming a valuable tool for creating digital scarcity, which is important for creating a successful market for digital goods.

Explanation of the technology behind NFTs (blockchain)

NFTs are enabled by a technology called blockchain, which is a distributed ledger system that facilitates secure and transparent record-keeping. It is a decentralized network of computers that collaborate to validate transactions and form an immutable digital ledger. The blockchain is secure and allows for the creation of smart contracts, which can be used to facilitate — and guarantee — the ownership and transfer of digital assets. By utilizing blockchain technology, NFTs are able to provide users with a secure and immutable record of ownership and transfer of digital assets.

Real-Life Use Cases

NFTs have enabled artists and creators to tokenize their artwork, creating a new way for them to monetize their creations. By utilizing the blockchain’s ability to create an immutable record of ownership, users can now purchase unique pieces that cannot be replicated or counterfeited. Digital art is proving lucrative for many creatives as its secondary market valuation has grown substantially over recent years; in 2020, Beeple’s “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” sold at Christie’s Auction House for $69 million USD — the most expensive sale of a digital-only asset ever recorded.

Beeple’s auction is not an isolated incident; it is merely indicative of increased adoption within the space. Jack Dorsey sold his first tweet (in the form of an NFT) via Valuables by Cent for $2M USD, while Kings Of Leon recently released albums and music videos as ERC-721 tokens which could be purchased with ETH directly from them or through OpenSea Marketplace. Additionally, NBA Top Shot has become increasingly popular amongst collectors — with some packs fetching upwards of $230K USD — due to its scarcity model ensuring only a certain amount may exist at any one time…

The potential applications within both physical and digital markets appear limitless due to blockchain technology allowing collectables such as video game items, virtual land spaces and properties (via Decentraland), sports memorabilia & trading cards etc., all capable of becoming real-world assets through the tokenization process made possible with Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT’s). Gimme DAAPPs has announced plans around enabling loyalty programs using cryptocurrency payments and exchanging rewards points into fungible versions — paving the way forward towards even greater potential use cases & opportunities associated with nonfungible tokens over coming decades!

How NFTs are being used in the AI industry:

NFTs can be used to tokenize ownership of digital assets such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) models, algorithms and data sets. Companies can issue tokens backed by these underlying digital assets and users can trade, purchase or lend them using decentralized exchanges in a secure manner. Additionally, NFTs enable the fractionalization of these AI services which allows users to easily share profits with others who provide similar services or help develop innovative AI products

One example is Digitex Futures Exchange’s recently launched “Digital Direct Debit” product that uses an Ethereum-based smart contract powered by Digitex Tokens (DGTX). This product enables investors to use DGTX tokens for automated recurring payments on their transactions within the exchange platform, allowing for fast and cost-effective trading activities without having to manually monitor them each time. Another example is IPwe’s Network Platform which uses a new class of security tokens called Unique Digital Identities™ (UDIs) secured through blockchain technology manage various aspects associated with intellectual property rights including patents licenses etc., allowing buyers/sellers from all around the world participate in global asset markets more securely while preserving their interests

The potential for using NTF’s in the Artificial Intelligence industry is enormous due its ability to tokenize knowledge ownership and other intangible assets used throughout different sectors like healthcare, agriculture and finance among many others. With ongoing research into decentralizing data storage as well as better ways to track data inputs across multiple platforms there will undoubtedly be further advancements towards creating even more sophisticated tools related to asset transfer management making it easier for enterprises, large and small scale alike, to access various sources needed to reach optimal performance efficiency.

How NFTs are being used in the real estate market:

NFTs are being used to tokenize and digitally represent a variety of real estate assets, including buildings, land parcels, apartments or homes. By using blockchain technology, they provide an immutable record of ownership and transfer between parties. In addition to providing secure transactional records, NFT-enabled projects also open up new opportunities for investors and developers who can now leverage digital scarcity as a means to create value.

One example is REX Real Estate Exchange (REX), which facilitates the trading and financing of commercial properties through its use of Ethereum-based smart contracts that enable trustless transactions between buyers and sellers on the platform with low transaction fees compared to traditional processes such as escrow services. Additionally, Decrypt’s own Decentraland project has seen success in tokenizing virtual land within their VR world by allowing players’ avatars ‘purchase’ plot sizes that can be sold later on through secondary platforms like OpenSea if desired — this has revolutionized game worlds by enabling player interaction beyond simply playing together within them but also buy & sell property amongst themselves in a non-fungible manner propelling adoption further…

The potential for future growth is huge given the vast array of different types of real estate assets that could potentially be digitized via an NFT contract; not only physical space but intellectual property rights around it such as conservation areas or ownership rights over certain aspects like 2D art/ 3D sculptures etc residing or created therein — much beyond what current day infrastructure allows us due limited access barring oneself from actually owning anything outside one’s home country under current norms. On top, these tokens may become more valuable over time if speculation drives prices upwards rather than just relying on actual returns from rental income alone — adding another layer of complexity and fun should it take off someday!

How NFTs are being used in the music and film industries:

NFTs are being used in the music and film industries as a new way to monetize digital content. Artists, musicians, filmmakers and other creators can tokenize their work, allowing them to benefit from the appreciation of their asset’s value over time. This has already seen some success with projects such as ‘The Sandbox’ game, where users were able to purchase rare virtual land that could be resold for profit at a later date. Additionally, streaming services like Spotify have begun experimenting with tokenized audio files that give users ownership rights over their own songs or albums; these tokens would then receive royalties directly from streaming platforms when people listen to them.

One example of an incredibly successful NFT music project is the American rock band Kings Of Leon’s ‘Extended Play’ album launch on Square Crypto’s Mintbase platform earlier this year, which sold out minutes after launching due to its exclusivity factor enabled by NFT technology; they issued only 20 copies of each song in physical format and 200 limited edition digital versions using Ethereum-based ERC-20 tokens backed by real assets maintained off-chain through its signature blockchain smart contract system called Hexacert, proving ultimate uniqueness and scarcity for every single copy purchased, making it impossible for duplication and counterparty risk completely eliminated, turning into a win/win situation for both sides buyers and sellers alike!

The potential for growth within the non-fungible token market is enormous due to its disruptive and revolutionary nature. Transactions no longer require traditional intermediaries or brokers, resulting in cost savings and limitless scalability advantages. Industries such as music labels, independent artists, gaming companies, movie studios, and luxury collectables will benefit, as well as revolutions in various fields including education, providing credentials that cannot be manipulated. Authentication and data verification are also standout potential use cases. Entrepreneurs should keep an eye out for new and untapped opportunities in this exciting and rapidly developing field.

Benefits of NFTs:

NFTs provide a variety of benefits over traditional methods for ownership and transfer of digital assets. By utilizing blockchain technology, they are able to offer an immutable record of ownership and transfer that is not possible with other forms of digital currency. They are also more secure than other forms as they are cryptographically protected from fraud or tampering. Additionally, NFTs open up new economic opportunities for creators by allowing them to monetize their work without relying on middlemen such as publishers or distributors. Finally, because NFTs can tokenize physical items such as artworks or collectables, it allows traditional businesses to digitize existing assets in order to create new markets and increase their liquidity.

Despite the many benefits of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), there are still challenges that need to be addressed before they can be widely adopted in real-world applications. One major challenge is scalability. The Ethereum network, which is currently the most popular platform for NFTs, is not able to handle large volumes of transactions while maintaining its speed and decentralization. Projects like Algorand are attempting to address this issue by creating specialized scaling solutions for token transactions, including those involving NFTs. Additionally, there have been concerns about security on decentralized platforms that host large numbers of vulnerable smart contracts representing valuable digital assets. This highlights the need for better education for users on how to safely trade within asset marketplaces to prevent losses from malicious actors exploiting weakly implemented smart contracts.

The potential uses for NFTs are vast and varied. They can be used to tokenize physical goods, such as artwork or collectables, enabling people to purchase fractional ownership digitally. They can also be used to power gaming avatars, transforming how we interact with virtual communities. In the future, virtual events may use NFTs to represent tickets, ensuring that event documentation persists throughout time, even after the event has ended. In general, we can expect to see established industries evolve and shift paradigms as they adopt this technology, leading to more transparent, versatile, and dynamic ecosystems.


In this post, we examined the potential use cases for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in real-life applications. We discussed how they can be used to tokenize digital assets such as artwork, music and video, gaming items, AI models and algorithms, and real estate properties, among others. We also provided examples of successful NFT projects that have already been launched, such as Kings of Leon’s ‘Extended Play” album launch on Square Crypto’s Mintbase platform and REX Real Estate Exchange (REX)’s commercial property exchange facilitated via Ethereum smart contracts. We also discussed the benefits and challenges associated with using NFT technology. It is clear that non-fungible tokens have a great deal of potential given their ability to provide users with ownership rights over physical or digital goods, which can then be accessed from anywhere in the world, circumventing traditional business limitations.

Overall, it is clear that non-fungible tokens have a great deal of potential due to their ability to give users ownership rights over physical or digital goods, making them accessible from anywhere in the world. This opens up a new path towards achieving economic freedom while still maintaining full control over personal information and data. This ensures that every transaction is validated, something that has not been possible before. While we are only just beginning to explore the possibilities of NFTs, it is an exciting time for the technology and its potential future use cases.

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