According to a study made by the Institute of Human Obsolescence (IoHO), you can use your body heat to mine cryptocurrencies to earn cash. This might sound weird to you, but this Dutch organization has been experimenting this idea by making waste heat from our bodies into a reusable energy source to power up computers that mine Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrencies.
Sounds pretty weird right? But it is indeed possible that we, humans, can actually generate a renewable energy source without even doing any additional work. The team behind the experiment stated that the human body can produce about 100 watts of power while resting, and 80% of that power is wasted and excreted out from the body and into the atmosphere as waste heat.
The team created a system to make this possible by capturing heat and then converting it into a usable energy source that powers up thousands of machines that’s collecting cryptocurrencies worldwide.
There’s been a ruckus about cryptocurrency lately regarding about the power usage of mining such. Mining one bitcoin uses as much energy as 10 households can use in a 1-week period. Motherboard also claimed that the entire Bitcoin network consumes more power than the whole of Bulgaria, a country with a population of 7.1 million people in it. Alternative options such as this experiment is really needed to save power, money, and the environment at the same time.
IoHo has been experimenting this for a while now, and they are able to obtain 0.6 watthours of energy from every volunteer in an hourly period. Which means that this experiment has a very long way to go to see the light of day. With that being said, it will take 4,600 people remaining still for a whole day for twelve months in order to produce 1.2 Bitcoins. However, it’s still a creative and interesting solution which is likely going to be the next big thing of Bitcoin mining in the near future.