Lior Cole’s interest in computer science and fashion led her to create a unique digital token that will raise money to help women explore computing at Cornell University.
The 21-year-old, who took a year off from her studies at Cornell, made a digital model as a non-fungible token (NFT) while she was contributing to the university’s fashion show.
A non-fungible token is a non-interchangeable unit of data stored on a blockchain, a form of digital ledger, that can be sold and traded.
The nonfungible token shows a computerized model who shifts between the colors blue and red, green and yellow.
Fifty percent of the proceeds from the NFT that Cole created will be donated to the Cornell University Women in Computing Club and the remaining half will be allocated toward another of Colle’s artificial intelligence projects. Cole declined to comment on the ongoing artificial intelligence project.
Cole designed a physical look for the fashion show as well. Using monochrome as a theme, her male model for the show wore spandex shorts and was painted from head to toe with blue paint.
Cole majors in information science rather than computer science, but she spends time on projects designing, coding and applying artificial intelligence.
She also built a website called Robo Rabbi, which uses artificial intelligence to read scriptures from the Torah and give lessons each week.
While Cole’s pursuits of computer science have been deliberate, she fell into modeling by happenstance when she was walking in New York City with one of her friends and was spotted by people from the modeling agency.
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This article originally appeared on Ithaca Journal: Cornell student Lior Cole creates NFT for women’s computing club