Cryptocurrency News Today: UK’s ‘most deprived’ village builds tidal energy crypto miners to reconnect with technology
It’s often said that machines will perform upwards of 40 percent of the world’s jobs by 2035 — but one artist is out to prove that automated technologies can bring positive change too, and he’s using DIY Cryptocurrency miners to do it.
Jaywick, a sleepy seaside village roughly two-hours drive from London, has a well-documented problem with unemployment. In 2011, The Guardian reported that 62 percent of the working-age population received government benefits of some kind. Since then, Jaywick has been named England’s ‘most deprived‘ area, twice.
Factories in surrounding areas have continued to close in recent years, putting further stress on the local population. So, it’s no surprise that those affected by the rise of automation would meet emerging technologies with heavy skepticism.
To help disenfranchised locals re-engage with technology, artist Maël Hénaff has collaborated with Jaywick’s community to run practical workshops that illustrate how emerging technologies can work for them, rather than against them.
In this case, that means building fully-functioning Cryptocurrency miners that earn small amounts of supplementary income all by themselves.
Raspberry Pi plus kinetic energy equals Cryptocurrency miner
Jaywick locals have been making their own tidal-powered Cryptocurrency miners using Raspberry Pi model 3s. These are pocket-sized, single-board computers built to promote the teaching of basic computer science to the general population.
The DIY miners work like this: kinetic energy from ocean tides charge external batteries connected to a voltage regulator, which sends electricity directly to the Raspberry Pi. The miners are then tossed into the