An engineer accidentally throws $ 183 million in the garbage..

4 August, 2022
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An engineer accidentally throws $ 183 million in the garbage..

A computer engineer accidentally dumped a hard drive containing about $183 million worth of bitcoin in the trash, the Guardian newspaper reported.

As a result, engineer James Howells seeks to use artificial intelligence to conduct searches in thousands of tons of waste.

Howells dumped an old flash drive containing 8,000 bitcoins in 2013 while cleaning up his office. He believed the disc was in a landfill in Newport, South Wales. In the same context, the newspaper reported that the city’s municipal council rejected several requests submitted by the 37-year-old, to search the site due to “environmental concerns,” noting that the engineer recently submitted a plan that includes advanced technologies, estimated at a cost of about $12 million, in order to find the hard drive. .

The plan includes the use of artificial intelligence technology to filter garbage and the use of a number of environmental experts and data recovery, as well as robotic dogs so that no one else can try to steal the hard drive if they find it.

In addition, the newspaper quoted Howells as saying that "researching the landfill is a huge operation in itself and needs a lot of funding." Howells believes the search will take between nine and 12 months, however, even if he gets permission from the municipal council, there is no guarantee that the search will be successful or that the bitcoins will be recoverable from the hard drive after all these years.

The young engineer pledged, if the operation was successful, to use a large percentage of the recovered money to invest in projects that help people inside the city, including placing a clean energy generation facility at the landfill site.

He stated that part of the legal duties was to manage the environmental risks on the site and the wider area, explaining that Mr. Howells' proposals posed a significant environmental risk that could not be accepted, and that he was already barred from considering the terms of the permit.


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