Small-scale bitcoin mining – think machines whirring away in basements, eating up home electricity bills – have become more popular in recent weeks.

Colin Harper, head of content and research at Luxor Mining, joins “Opinionated” hosts Ben Schiller and Danny Nelson to explore why the mining community has recently gained a new cohort of at-home miners. The influx goes back to China’s mining ban and is influenced by the economics of a bear market, but Harper explains the less tangible factors drawing those to mining, including a sense of community and partaking in securing the network.


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