Why Crypto Mining Could Be Putting A Stop To Alien Hunting

Why Crypto Mining Could Be Putting A Stop To Alien Hunting

Why Crypto Mining Could Be Putting A Stop To Alien Hunting

You need a few things to mine cryptocurrency, or to do a bunch of other things, including build a gaming PC from scratch, run radio-astronomy operations, or search the skies for incoming messages from extraterrestrials.

The process of mining for cryptocurrencies requires users to lend their computer processing power to solve complex mathematical equations needed to authenticate transactions across the blockchain-a distributed ledger that keeps track of all sales and purchases of a particular cryptocurrency.

Like mining, the search for intelligent life also requires some serious computational power.

He then explained "that's limiting our search for extra-terrestrials, to try to answer the question, 'Are we alone?" To reap profits, miners rely on graphics processing units (GPUs) that are high-performance computer chips that were first used to power video games. According to a researcher at the Carl Sagan-founded SETI Institute, computers will likely soon become much faster, boosting the search for extraterrestrial life, Motherboard reports.

If Seti could get the GPUs, they could use them to improve their ability to analyze data at two observatories: Green Bank in West Virginia and Parkes in Australia.

Dan Werthimer, chief scientist at the Berkeley Seti Research Center, told the BBC that the center would like to use the latest GPUs.

Other radio-astronomers have been affected. Do you believe we're not alone in the universe?

The BBC notes that a UC Berkeley team of researchers were hoping to expand their GPU capability at their telescope lab, and that they went to spend a National Science Foundation grant but realized their money wouldn't go as far as planned because the cost of their target GPU hardware had doubled.

Scientists use GPUs due to its vast computing capability especially when working with large amounts of data.

According to Professor Parsons - who manages the HERA telescope -, it will be able to weather the storm, but the expansion will end up costing around $32,000 more than initially planned. Retailers have reportedly had a tough time keeping stock around long enough so that everyone could get their hands on one at a reasonable price.

Nvidia - the most prominent GPU manufacturer - is working hard to meet demand, but materials are becoming increasingly scarce.

Thanks in part to a recent boom in the price of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, mining crypto-currencies has never been more popular.