Electrochemical Currency Exchange

Jonathan Keats, dessen Währung aus Antimaterie ich vor einer ganzen Weile hier bloggte, hat im Keller eines Gebäudes am Rockefeller Plaza eine drei Dollar teure Geld-Umtausch-Installation gebaut, in der Münzen Energie erzeugen, als eine Art Elektro-Zins. Ich mag das sehr, Kunst aus oder mit Geld. Wahrscheinlich das beste, was man mit dem Zeug tatsächlich machen kann.

In the basement of a building named after America’s first billionaire, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats is setting up a coin-powered currency exchange that uses rapid ion transfer to generate enough energy to power an indie computational hub.

That might sound complicated, but the science behind Keats’ electrochemical arbitrage is simple: He’s filling a series of carefully arranged petri dishes with saltwater, pennies and Chinese coins, creating a rudimentary battery that runs a common calculator.

“This is money at its most democratic,” Keats told Wired by e-mail. “Unlike credit-default swaps, electrochemical arbitrage is for the 99 percent, and the value is real, measurable in volts and amps. If you want to build your own currency exchange, all you need is some pocket change and seawater.” [...] This project, which only cost $3 to create, serves as a critique of monetary instability, U.S.-China currency wars, financial corruption and economics in general.

Concept Artist Jonathon Keats Turns Loose Change Into Electrochemical Arbitrage