He hires robots to find his hard drive with millions of dollars in Bitcoins in it!

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Jawes Howells started mining bitcoin in 2009, the year this cryptocurrency was released, which was not yet worth much. He managed to accumulate nearly 8,000 bitcoins before stopping. Then, in 2013, he rose to fame when he realized he had thrown the Hard disk containing the key to his cryptocurrency wallet. Today, he plans to collect it from his local landfill in Wales, thanks to two Spot robot dogs from Boston Dynamics.

When he realized his blunder, his wallet was worth over $7 million. Today, despite a fluctuating value and a precipitous drop last year, that hard drive contains more than $170 million in bitcoins.

The excavation of the landfill will cost 11 million dollars

The robot dogs each cost 74,500 dollars, and will be used in turn to allow the other to recharge. They will scan the ground for the hard drive and provide site security with a surveillance camera. The unfortunate has developed an 11 million dollar project, and hopes that the participation of two venture capitalists will convince the municipality to let him access the dump.

However, the Newport city council does not seem willing to grant him permission. ” His proposals present a significant ecological risk, which we cannot accept and which the terms of our contract do not allow us to take into consideration. “Said a spokesperson who added that James Howells could not present anything to them that would change their minds.


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