Cryptocurrency “mining” is one of the most senseless, wasteful and irresponsible activities devised by humans. Nothing of intrinsic value is produced, enormous amounts of energy are used, and enormous amounts of heat and pollution are generated. This could be the plot of his sci-fi story. An evil alien intelligence devises the first Bitcoin and watches humanity deplete all of Earth’s resources and greedily destroy themselves by producing worthless crypto. If this sounds far-fetched, look at the statistics on crypto energy usage. Something very bad has been unleashed. No wonder the enigmatic Satoshi Nakamoto (the presumed creator of Bitcoin) wishes to remain anonymous.