Brian Eno’s long history of exploring generative music and other technologies should insulate him from accusations of being a luddite. That means his thoughts on NFTs and crypto, in an interview on website The Crypto Syllabus (founded to take a more critical look at the crypto world) may hit home.
“I see a set of solutions but I don’t know what problems they exist to solve other than ‘How can we use these to absorb all this spare money that’s washing around?’. Most of the conversation I hear is asking the question ‘What could we do with these technologies?’: which doesn’t mean ‘how could we change the world into a better place?’ but ‘How could we turn them into money?’” said Eno.
He later noted that efforts to persuade him to make an NFT have been unsuccessful. “NFTs seem to me just a way for artists to get a little piece of the action from global capitalism, our own cute little version of financialisation,” he said. “How sweet – now artists can become little capitalist assholes as well.”