A man who accidentally threw away a hard drive containing nearly 8,000 bitcoins wants to search his local dump to find it. For this, he plans to buy two robot dogs from Boston Dynamics.
Jawes Howells started mining bitcoin in 2009, the year this cryptocurrency was released, which was not yet worth much. He managed to accumulate nearly 8,000before stopping. Then, in 2013, he rose to fame when he realized he had thrown the containing the key to his cryptocurrency wallet. Today, he plans to collect it from his local landfill in Wales, thanks to two 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.
The excavation of the landfill will cost 11 million dollars
Theeach 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.