Proof of Work V0
Transactions on the Ethereum network are verified by a system called proof of work, which involves forcing computers to solve meaningless, difficult equations before data can be written to the blockchain. https://rhizome.org/editorial/2021/mar/03/another-new-world/
The most popular series of NFT collectibles are algorithmically generated. Most culture now has the feeling of having been made by algorithm; and the reason for this, is that humans have begun to act like algorithms. https://www.spikeartmagazine.com/articles/downward-spiral-popular-things-dean-kissick
In Proof of Work the artist manually chooses a colour value for each pixel in the image, attempting act as a random number generator. Due to the repetitive nature of the task, the artist fails to generate true random values, creating patterns the image that attest to the physiological and mental state of the artist at the time of creation.