You can now mine cryptocurrency with your BODY

Cryptocurrency mining evolves from GPUs and ASIC miners to the human body.

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With the price of Bitcoin reaching the peaks of $19,086 earlier today, it should come as no surprise the flood oof cryptocurrency-related news would reach the point of using the human body to mine crypto.

We've reached a point where a Dutch startup believes that human beings should be like they were in The Matrix, simply batteries to run the system. The Institute of Obsolescence (IoHO) is based in The Hague, where it works on seeing how people can be capitalized at a biological level, with data production labor through art and research projects.

IoHO has built a body suit that harvests the excess heat generated by your body, and mines cryptocurrency with it. This means you could effectively be laying down for hours per day, or even sleeping and your body is generating money. I didn't think I'd ever type that, but here we are - December 2017 and we're mining cryptocurrency with our bodies.

But do you make much money from it? Well, there were 37 workers who put some 212 hours of "work" between them, where they harvested 127,210 milliwatts of electricity. They mined 16,954 coins in total, with 80% of the cryptocurrency earnings going to the workers while the rest went to IoHO.

The future? Manuel Beltran is an artist, activist, researcher, and founder of IoHO who started the project so that people would start thinking about a future where robots and AI will replace the human labor force. He said: "I met a lot of people who have pessimistic feelings about the future. Politics are out of control and we have no say. We are ruled by algorithms which we don't even understand. We don't know whom to fight and how we feel. Maybe art can help us to imagine and to start the fight".

You can now mine cryptocurrency with your BODY |

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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