Drink sweetener aspartame was discovered when a chemist working on a drug to combat ulcers licked his finger and found it was sweet.
Now people are making kitten-themed games on the blockchain. You really never know what people will do with a new technology after it’s discovered or invented.
Meet CryptoKitties, a game that’s currently in alpha mode and will begin in two weeks on the Ethereum blockchain.
Because smart contracts are such an important part of the blockchain technology, it stands to reason that the contract of breeding animals for maximal cuteness is a workable use case.
“Each CryptoKitty has a 256-bit genome and is breedable with other kitties via smart contract,” according to the game’s site. “Certain physical characteristics that can only be unlocked through breeding; there are a nigh-unlimited number of possible combinations.”
The goal of the game is to agree to breed your kitties with other people’s to get to one of four goal kitties, which have distinctive features. Cat 2 is “blue henna fur pattern + anime eyes + furry body,” for example.
Those who accomplish the ideal kitties will actually win some Ether currency from the game’s designers.
At last, a Tamagotchi for the modern age.-30-
Rockefeller money comes to Brooklyn for blockchain investing
Blockchain journalism startup Sludge hires 3 veteran reporters
You can win up to $360,000 at the WeWork Creator Awards
Blockchain startup Civil adds new newsroom with former Gawker writers
Blockchain solutions for the refugee crisis
Cool talk alert: How the media can use blockchain technology to maybe save itself
Explore how diverse teams build dynamic products with Dev Bootcamp
Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly