Briton Intends To Find His 7500 BTC In A Landfill With the Help of Boston Dynamics Robots
British resident James Howells decided to use two Spot robots from Boston Dynamics to search a landfill for a hard drive containing 7,500 BTC, which he accidentally threw away in 2013.
According to Business Insider, Howells intends to use Spot robots with security cameras to scan the ground and guard the “excavation” area.
At the time of writing, the value of Howells’ lost bitcoins exceeds $159.9 million.
According to The Washington Post, the cost of one Spot robot was $74,500 in August 2021. But on the official website of Boston Dynamics, the price is not indicated, and the company suggests contacting the sales department.
Howells said he worked with expert consultants to develop a plan to find the disk. He added that the two venture capitalists had agreed to finance the “excavation.”
But the city of Newport has not yet given its agreement to search the landfill because Howells has not provided sufficient arguments to convince city officials.
According to one city official, Howells’ proposals “pose a significant environmental risk that we cannot accept.”
However, Howells intends to resolve this issue, and if the project is implemented, he will name robops after Satoshi Nakamoto and Hal Finney.
This is not Howells first attempt to find his digital gold. In January 2021, he offered about $72 million to the Newport authorities for permission to excavate the landfill but was rebuffed.