The adoption of digital assets is increasing, justifying the growing interest in the mining industry. To promote the decentralization of this activity, a YouTuber has developed a mining technique that allows the use of a Gameboy. But to extract bitcoin, it will take a few million years.
Very slow process
This is definitely the funniest information published on Reddit on 1er September 2022. The platform user did a publication in which we see a Gameboy console. This revealed information related to bitcoin (BTC) mining activity. Additionally, in the photo’s caption, the user wrote: “You can earn bitcoin on Gameboy”.
The information quickly prompted many comments from members of the community, on Reddit and Twitter.
You should know that this post was originally published in March 2021 by the youtuber Stacksmashing, who developed the process. Moreover, he explained everything about it in a video.
According to him, the most important thing is to be able to connect the console to the Bitcoin network. For this, the Gameboy must be connected to a computer via a mini-programmable card called a Raspberry Pi Pico and a level switch. This will help manage different levels of tension. The device will then run custom software from a flash card. The card will run the hashing algorithm on incoming data from the computer and send the results back to the computer, which will communicate it to the Bitcoin network.
Technically, the Gameboy only manages to achieve a rate of 0.8 hashes per second, but today, specialized mining machines operate at a rate of 100 tera-hashes per second.
Two million trillion years for bitcoin?
According to a calculation made by a member of the public, it will take about 2 quadrillion years to mine bitcoin with a Gameboy. You should know that 2 four million years is equal to two million trillion years.
Discussions also focused on the need to implement high quality batteries and power supply systems. Indeed, crypto mining is an activity that consumes a lot of energy.
For one of the speakers on Twitter, if BTC can really be mined with a Gameboy, the digital asset will have fulfilled one of its main missions, which is to promote the decentralization of monetary control.
Apart from the surprising side of this information, all the people who commented on its publication suggested that if you don’t have millions of years to spare, it is better to find other ways to get bitcoins (BTC).
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