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[ERC AI Seminar#18] Luca Maria Aiello (Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Mon, Jul 18, 2022 @ 16:00~17:30
Luca Maria Aiello (Associate Professor at the IT U

1. Speaker: Luca Maria Aiello, Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

2. Title: Fungibility in the NFT market

3. Abstract: Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are units of data stored on a blockchain that certifies a digital asset to be unique and therefore not interchangeable, while offering a unique digital certificate of ownership. Public attention towards NFTs has exploded in 2021, when their market has experienced record sales. For long, little was known about the overall structure and evolution of its market. To shed some light on its dynamics, we collected data concerning 6.1 million trades of 4.7 million NFTs between June 2017 and April 2021 to study the statistical properties of the market and to gauge the predictability of NFT prices. We also studied the properties of the digital items exchanged on the market to find that the emerging norms of NFT valuation thwart the non-fungibility properties of NFTs. In particular, rarer NFTs: (i) sell for higher prices, (ii) are traded less frequently, (iii) guarantee higher returns on investment (ROIs), and (iv) are less risky, i.e., less prone to yield negative returns.

4. Bio: Luca Aiello is an Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. Previously, he worked for 10 years as a Research Scientist in the industry: at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, and at Bell Labs in Cambridge (UK). He conducts research in Computational Social Science, a field of studies that uses Social Science theories to inform solutions to Data Science problems. His work focuses on the analysis of conversations and collective behavior through the lens of machine-learning algorithms applied to large scale data. He was recently awarded the Carlsberg Young Investigator Fellowship to study how to build technologies to support collective cooperation in the face of societal dilemmas. He conducted some pioneering work on the analysis of the markets of cryptocurrencies and NFTs, which are two notable examples of self-organized social systems that he studies to learn generalizable patterns of human coordination.

5. Language: English.

Location: (Online) https://kaist.zoom.us/j/98984764325
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