In 2017, bitcoins have taken the globe by storm. The growing value of bitcoins have been making the investors curious day after day and are increasingly investing in them. From people using their Tesla car for mining digital coins to cybercriminals trying to infect our systems with malware hiding in the apps/extensions, we keep coming across new developments each day.
Now, joining those off-beat methods to mine crypto coins, here comes a Dutch-based startup that has discovered a new way to make money with your body heat. Yes, you heard it right. They are making efforts to convert our body heat into energy for mining cryptocurrency.
The Institute of Human Obsolescence (IoHO) has created an impressive body suit equipped with thermoelectric generators for converting body heat into electricity. As per the research data, a human body radiates 100 watts of excess heat at rest. After capturing this heat, the converted electricity was fed into a computer that mines cryptocurrency.
After involving 37 workers who worked for 212 hours collectively, 127,210 milliwatts of electricity was harvested and 16,594 coins were mined.
A contract is signed between the Institute and the person who wears the suit. 80 percent of the earnings go to the workers, while the rest go to the institute.
“I think art is able to explain abstract things and through art, you are also able to trigger something. With this project I want to generate questions or sparks,” explained IoHO’s founder, Manuel Beltrán.
IoHO is involved in different art and research projects that aim at maximizing human labor to achieve different goals. This idea for their body suit stemmed from the possibility that robots could one day take over our jobs. The team behind the project envisions a future where algorithms will replace human labor and we will be absent from working environments.
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