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We might be missing out on alien contact by mining cryptocurrencies

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Most Earthlings would be quite thrilled to discover alien life, but sadly, we might miss out on their messages – thanks to cryptocurrencies.

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), which leads the planet in looking for signs of cosmic communication, is having its work seriously undermined by the lack of graphics processing units (GPUs).

Turns out GPUs are great for mining non-Bitcoin cryptocurrencies, and so many people are joining the fad that there’s currently a worldwide shortage of the tech.

Bad news for SETI, but if a Hawaii science team is right, and aliens could use their messages to hide malicious code, it might not be a bad thing that ET is stuck on hold.

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