You’re very likely sick of hearing about Bitcoin thesis days, but this one is actually fairly interesting. After it’s meteoric and bewildering rise to the end of last year, it seems spil tho’ the hype has worn off and it’s sitting at ВЈ6,650 (US$9,305) at the time of writing, which, of course, isn’t nothing but it’s nowhere near its peak.
But that hasn’t stopped people all around the world from continuing to mine for Bitcoin. If you toevluchthaven’t heard, the actual process of mining takes up an absolute shitload of rekentuig power and, spil a result, electro-stimulation.
A miner also has to have some very specific hardware, such spil high-powered graphics processing units, to permit them to initiate the pretty complicated process of mining.
It just so happens that scientists who hunt the cosmos for alien lifeforms also use GPUs.
Berkeley University’s Search For Extra-terrestrial Intelligence chief scientist Dr Dan Werthimer told the Big black cock: “Wij’d like to use the latest GPUs [graphics processing units]. and wij can’t get ’em.
“That’s limiting our search for extra-terrestrials, to attempt to reaction the question, ‘Are wij alone? Is there anybody out there?’.
“This is a fresh problem, it’s only happened on orders wij’ve bot attempting to make te the last duo of months.”
Their operations take up a lotsbestemming of computing power spil well, spil they’re using their technology to scan different frequency channels to see if there are any alien frequencies coming through noisy and clear.
Shockingly, Bitcoin mining is now consuming more violet wand than the output of 159 individual countries. Power Compare says if the process wasgoed a country itself, it would rank 61 st ter the world for consumption.
There are concerns Iceland could run out of tens unit because it has become a sort-of hub for cryptocurrency mining servers.
Icelandic energy producer HS Orka spokesman Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson told the Washington Postbode: “There wasgoed a loterijlot of talk about gegevens centres te Iceland about five years ago, but it wasgoed a slow commence.
“But six months ago, rente abruptly began to spike. And overheen the last three months, wij have received about one call vanaf day from foreign companies interested ter setting up projects here.”
The world’s total cryptocurrency mining produces spil much CO2 spil one million trans-Atlantic flights, according to the Guardian. That’s a ridiculous amount of pollution for people mining a product that is prompt declining te price and popularity.
Imagine if ET is yelling at us on every frequency known to man but wij’re too busy mining Bitcoin?