Human Body Heat Used in Cryptocurrency Mining by Dutch Firm
The Netherlands-based startup company Institution of Human Obsolescence (IoHO) has advanced a project that resulted in the development of a new method of converting excess human body heat into energy for digital currency mining.
The firm believes that the project will serve as an ingenious way to provide jobs to people as automation starts to eat away their employment opportunities.
In an interview with The Next Web, IoHO founder Manuel Beltrán claimed that he wants to generate curiosity and inspiration when he launched the project.
“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.”
The project is both a science experiment and an art project. It is similar to the subject of the film “The Matrix,” in which human bodies were utilized as batteries to provide power to the simulation set up by the machines.
In the explanation by the film’s character named Morpheus to the lead character named Neo, he claimed that the human body generates bioelectricity and body heat that can be combined with a form of fusion.
“The human body generates more bio-electricity than a 120-volt battery and over 25,000 BTU’s of body heat. Combined with a form of fusion, the machines had found all the energy they would ever need. There are fields – endless fields – where human beings are no longer born, we are grown.”
The project has started with 37 workers and they have already generated a total of 127,210 milliwatts of electricity during a combined 212 hours of ‘work.’ During that time, the workers have mined over 16,954 digital tokens such as Vertcoin, Dash, Startcoin, Lisk, Ethereum, and Litecoin.