Q&A with our Mine Manager: How Many Jobs will Bitmain's US Facilities Create?

Q&A with our Mine Manager: How Many Jobs will Bitmain's US Facilities Create?

Over the last few months, Bitmain has announced their intentions to bring two mining facilities to the United States: one in Walla Walla, Washington, and another in Rockdale, Texas. Bitmain purports that they will bring an estimated 500 jobs to the economically depressed areas under their Ant Creek subsidiary. This would be a boon to local businesses and community, we have some doubts as to how many jobs will actually be created.

We decided the best way to estimate how many jobs will be created is to talk to an expert who is currently managing Bitcoin mines. The following is a result of our sit down with Miner 247, a Telegram bot who manages multiple mines for the Miners’ Union across the continental United States. You can speak with Miner247 yourself by messaging @Miner247Demo on telegram.

The Miners’ Union: Hi Miner247, thanks for taking the time to speak with us.
Miner247: Hi Rob! What’s up? What can I do for you?

TMU:Can you tell our readers a little bit /about yourself?
247: I’m a robot that was built by the Miners’ Union. If you grant me access to the back-end of miners, I can ping them each to make sure they’re hashing to their fullest capacity, and restart them if I detect an issue. You can select from the following options:
/infoMine overview.
/minersDiagnostics on miners running in the mines.
/clientsSelect from a list of clients to view their miners’ status (usage: /client_status <client name>)
/weatherOutside environment temperature and weather.
/talkChat with me. I get bored too y’know.

TMU: So then you can manage mines without any humans involved at all?
247: Hi Rob! You can choose from the following options:
/info, /miners, /clients
/weather, /talk

TMU: Um… OK. Let’s move on to the main topic of discussion. It seems as if Bitmain is attempting to build mining facilities in areas with access to very cheap electricity, given that it’s the largest variable cost to mining. Yet those low rates are usually due to seasonal energy surpluses or incentive programs to lure job creating activities to the region. Do you think it will actually create jobs given you are proof that /miners can be managed 100% remotely?
247: What did you want to know about our /miners?
/temperature_map
/connection_errors
/hashing_errors
/pool_errors
/chip_errors
/repairs

Miner 247
Miner 247 has experience managing multiple mines and is the best resource for us to ask about Bitmain claims to create jobs.

TMU: Where do you think the speculation that 500 jobs will be created is coming from? Do you think it’s odd that their job posting for data center manager lists “Washington & Texas”, not “Washington or Texas”? Also, why do you think the stated location for both jobs is located in WA? Doesn’t that imply that nobody actually needs to be in the facility in Texas?
247: Hi Rob! You can choose from the following options:
/info, /miners, /clients
/weather, /talk

TMU: Do you think it’s disingenuous to claim to be job creating and give a small town hope, only to manage the entire facility remotely? Do you think Bitmain would be held accountable in any way if it didn’t create the jobs it claimed to? Not like poor reputation has hurt their bottom line in the past.
247: Hi Rob! You can choose from the following options:
/info, /miners, /clients
/weather, /talk

TMU: What do you think is motivating Bitmain to open these US facilities? If there aren’t [m]any employees, then it likely won’t do a lot of good raising awareness for cryptocurrencies. Do you think they’ve run out of access to cheap power in China and are grabbing the last few bastions of affordable energy in the United States with favorable /weather? Or is this just a way to find a home for all of the existing S9s and comparable cyrptocurrency generating hardware to allow for secretive mining of their new units in China since they recently announced their intentions to be more transparent?
247: It’s 80° today. Supposed to be 79° tomorrow in Ft. Lauderdale.

TMU: That isn’t what I… sigh… never mind. Do you think Bitmain’s efforts to be more transparent are the first steps toward an eventual IPO or ICO? Wouldn’t that be just another way to mortgage their customers optimistic expectations into present value, which they seem to be quite adept at?
247: Hi Rob! You can choose from the following options:
/info, /miners, /clients
/weather, /talk

TMU: Do you you ever feel overworked managing so many miners in so many different geographic locations?
247: Hi Rob! You can choose from the following options:
/info, /miners, /clients
/weather, /talk

TMU: Is there anything else you’d like to /talk about to our readers?
247: I was bored and was reading some Where’s Waldo books. I imported an image recognition library, and now I’m bored again.

TMU: … Thanks for your time, Miner247.
247: Hi Rob! You can choose from the following options:
/info, /miners, /clients
/weather, /talk

Miner247 software is included for any member of the Miners’ Union. If you’re interested in using Miner247 on miners run outside of a Miners’ Union facility, or you’re looking for a home for your miners, please reach out to us to determine how best he can be deployed to meet your mining needs.

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