Briton Who Lost 7500 BTC Will Involve Boston Dynamics In The Search For Robops
British resident James Howells accidentally threw away a hard drive with 7,500 BTC in 2013 and used two Spot robots from Boston Dynamics to search. Business Insider writes about it.
According to him, the devices are planned to be used to scan the ground and ensure security. They will be equipped with CCTV cameras to guard the landfill area at night.
At the current exchange rate, the value of Howell’s lost bitcoins is more than $160.4 million.
According to The Washington Post, in August 2021, the cost of one Spot robops was $74,500. The price is not indicated on the official website of Boston Dynamics – the company suggests contacting the sales department.
In an interview with the publication, the owner of the disk noted that he developed a search plan with the help of expert consultants and received funding from two venture investors. However, the City of Newport has still not approved excavations at the landfill.
An administration official said Howells did not provide enough arguments to convince the city.
“His proposals pose a significant environmental risk that we cannot accept,” the official said.
Howells expects to resolve this issue. According to him, if the project is implemented, he will name the robots after Satoshi Nakamoto and Hal Finney.
Recall that in January 2021, the Briton offered the authorities of Newport about $72 million to excavate the landfill but was refused.
He later announced his intention to use artificial intelligence to find the hard drive.
The same year, former Ripple CTO and Coil CEO Stefan Thomas spoke about losing the password sheet to the wallet with 7002 BTC.