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A suit for cryptocurrencies mining was created by a Dutch organization

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March 1, 2018 | 

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The mining of cryptocurrencies is an activity that requires a lot of energy, in order for computers to work, and variable sources of electricity are currently exploited. The Dutch Institute of Human Obsolence had the idea to use human body natural heat to generate energy for mining, and they do so with the help of a special suit.

Use your body heat to generate cryptocurrencies


Our body consumes energy, and some of it is emitted as heat, and we generally don’t do much with that heat, thus it just get lost. However, many activities, like cryptocurrencies mining, are actually struggling to find sustainable – and if possible, free – sources of electricity.

Manuel Beltran, the head of the IoHO, found a way to conciliate these two things, and introduced a body suit that is able to use the body heat to create electricity, which is used then for cryptocurrencies mining. It’s an interesting way of using our body heat, and many people may want to acquire such suit, because among other things, it can be very lucrative.

It was presented as a model which you can wear, and that is wired to a central unit where all of the mining work is done. We must know that it isn’t a portative device, such as the Iron-Man suit, and to use it, you have to lay on a kind of bed. It thus might be an appealing way to mine cryptocurrencies in your sleep, if they manage to make it comfortable. Although, the suit has been presented as an “artistic project”, and not as a product that IoHO intends to sell in the future.


IoHO didn’t keep most of the coins


The 37 people who participated to the test of the body suits were able to produce 127 210 milliWatts, which was then used to mine 17 000 units of various cryptocurrencies, within 212 hours of work. Various types of cryptocurrencies were mined during this experience, such as Startcoin, Vertcoin, Bash, Lisk, Ethereum and Litecoin.

Some of these cryptocurrencies units are worth a lot of money, which mean the suit project made it possible to generate a quite interesting bounty. However, IoHO directly stated that their goal wasn’t to make money out of the experience. As a proof, 80% of the money generated was split between the participants, while IoHO kept 20% only.

Manuel Beltran wants to increase awareness towards AI


The IoHO’s name, Institute of Human Obsolence, says a lot about it; their philosophy is that Artificial Intelligence and technology in general is taking a bigger and bigger place every day in our daily lives. The internet is flooded with articles about several jobs being taken over by robots over the course of the next decades.

In the end, we might be overwhelmed by these, and the best that we can do is to be aware of such problem. The suit isn’t the only IoHO’s projects, and one of them actually involves collecting participants’ finger movements, which Manuel Beltran considers as holding some monetary value.

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