These Robot Dogs Can Dig Up Lost Bitcoin – And Be Used As Killing Machines
Bitcoins are like gold. They are precious and must be kept safe at all times. But this man from Wales realized it too late.
James Howells, who made the news after losing 8,000 bitcoins to a hard drive he disposed of in a local landfill nine years ago, has a cunning plan to recover his cryptocurrency.
But first, let’s do a quick conversion: At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading at $21,088 (down nearly 6% over the last seven days). With 8,000 units, Howells could be $170 million richer – if he can get those bitcoins back.
The 36-year-old engineer may still have a chance to recover the discarded bitcoins and it will cost him a lot: $11 million. This is actually the amount he plans to shell out for the big recovery operation.
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Can these robot dogs find the lost Bitcoins?
Now, to carry out his plan, he will hire the services of two “animals” – robot dogs – which cost US$ 75,000 each. His mission: digging out the landfill and separating 110,000 pounds of trash.
(Actually, nothing to worry about, because these canines don’t whine like humans do; the engineer just wants to make sure they have enough battery life to do the job.)
The reason this guy needs two robodogs is that one of them will work while the other is charging.
His plan is backed by two venture capitalists, Karl Wendeborn and Hanspeter Jaberg, and would involve several engineers and experts to help unearth the precious cryptocurrency.
James Howells is looking for a needle in a haystack. Image: Arover
Will Bitcoins still be intact?
He believes recovery will take about three years, but he also has a simplified technique that would cost $6 million and take 18 months. Howells said that if the project goes ahead, he would like to name the robodogs “Satoshi” and “Hal”.
If Howells locates the hard drive, there’s a good chance that encryption recovery will be difficult, if not impossible, due to disk damage.
However, he enlisted the services of a well-known data extraction team, which includes a consultant who helped recover data from the space shuttle Columbia’s black box after it crashed. These men mean serious business.
“It’s a needle in a haystack and it’s a high-risk investment,” Jaberg told Insider.
Here come the killer robot dogs
All the people who laughed at the “worried” years ago for going crazy over Funny Dancing Robot Dogs™ should be forced to watch this video once a day for the remainder of the year. pic.twitter.com/WBIrlGah3w
— Sean Chiplock (@sonicmega) July 20, 2022
Meanwhile, in Russia, a machine gun strapped to the back of a robotic dog has captivated the internet with its futuristic style straight out of a sci-fi movie.
It appears that the robot dog in this video is not made by the same robotics company as the dancing robots created by Boston Dynamics a few years earlier. However, as predicted by technology experts, a similar canine robot is already being deployed as a lethal weapon.
Ghost Robotics and SWORD International have developed a similar deadly robot dog with a powerful weapon (a 6.5mm Creedmoor automatic rifle).
SPUR (Unmanned Special Purpose Rifle), @Ghost_Robotics Q-UGV + @SWORDINT 6.5 Creedmoor
CC @august_cole @MelanieRovery pic.twitter.com/S1D25xYwec
— Abraxas Spa (@AbraxasSpa) October 12, 2021
Known as the SPUR (Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle), the mechanical piece of advanced technology made its public debut at the annual US Army convention in Washington, DC. in October last year.
The killer robot can fire with deadly accuracy within 3,950 feet, according to reports.
Robot dogs, anyone?
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