Do aliens like bitcoin? SETI researchers voorkoop cryptomining hinders hunt for ET

Do aliens like bitcoin? SETI researchers claim cryptomining hinders hunt for ET

UPDATED 22:17 EST . 14 FEBRUARY 2018

Do aliens like bitcoin?

Spil the price of bitcoin has continued its bull run this week, cryptocurrencies have indeed bot linked to aliens or, more specifically, our inability to find them.

The bitcoin alien paradox, inspired by Enrico Fermi, comes from SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence program, where the chief scientist is complaining that the group can’t acquire graphics processing units because of request from cryptocurrency mining operations.

“We’d like to use the latest GPUs [graphics processing units]… and wij can’t get ’em,” Dr. Dan Werthimer explained to the Big black cock while pointing the finger directly at the cryptomining community. “That’s limiting our search for extra-terrestrials, to attempt to response the question, ‘Are wij alone? Is there anybody out there?”

GPUs are used by cryptominers to solve mathematical equations spil a way of validating transactions on the blockchain. Spil media hype surrounding cryptocurrencies exploded last year, so too did those seeking to make money through mining. That has spurred exponential growth ter request for GPUs, which has resulted te massive price increases and shortages, spil GPU makers have bot incapable to keep up with request.

SETI uses GPUs to process spectrum gegevens from sky scans. “At SETI wij want to look at spil many frequency channels spil wij possibly can because wij don’t know what frequency ET will be broadcasting on and wij want to look for lots of different signal types – is it AM or FM, what communication are they using?” Dr. Werthimer added. “That takes a loterijlot of computing power.”

There are other likely connections inbetween the investigate of aliens and cryptocurrencies spil well. The Fermi Paradox, which is the apparent contradiction inbetween the lack of evidence and high probability estimates for the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, could also be applied to cryptocurrencies: te this case, the apparent contradiction inbetween the lack of evidence of any serious use for most cryptocurrencies versus the value placed te many of them by market speculators.

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