James Howells, the British engineer who accidentally threw away a hard drive containing 7,500 bitcoins back in 2013, is still hopeful of getting his lost fortune back. In a recent interview with business insiderThe IT professional revealed that his new plan to retrieve the coins now includes two Spot robot dogs made by US robotics company Boston Dynamics.
Two robot dogs will scan a landfill in Newport, UK. They will be equipped with 24-hour video surveillance cameras to protect the territory at night.
An early adopter of Bitcoin, who mined his coins back in 2009, managed to secure about $11 million in potential funding from two European venture capitalists. However, Howells first needs to get permission from the city council in order to excavate the dump. If the local authorities decide to leave this man’s bitcoin wealth buried under piles of rubbish, he plans to sue them as a last resort.
Even if Howells manages to find the coveted hard drive, there is no guarantee that his bitcoins can be recovered. The fate of his condition depends on whether the platter, the round disk on which the data is stored, survives. If this component is severely damaged, Howells says, the chance of recovering the cryptography stored on the hard drive is negligible.
Despite losing his early fortune, the cryptocurrency enthusiast has not given up on bitcoin. He told Business Insider that he continues to trade it for a living.
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