Microsoft has patented a cryptocurrency mining system that leverages human activities, including brain waves and body heat, when performing online tasks such as using search engines, chatbots, and reading ads. “A user can solve the computationally difficult problem unconsciously,” the patent reads.
Crypto System Leveraging Body Activity Data
Microsoft Technology Licensing, the licensing arm of Microsoft Corp., has been granted an international patent for a “cryptocurrency system using body activity data.” The patent was published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on March 26. The application was filed on June 20 last year. “Human body activity associated with a task provided to a user may be used in a mining process of a cryptocurrency system,” the patent reads, adding as an example:
A brain wave or body heat emitted from the user when the user performs the task provided by an information or service provider, such as viewing advertisement or using certain internet services, can be used in the mining process.
Microsoft has patented a “cryptocurrency system using body activity data” with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the agency of the United Nations responsible for treaties involving copyright, patent, and trademark laws.
Noting that the method described may “reduce computational energy for the mining process as well as make the mining process faster,” the patent details:
For example, instead of massive computation work required by some conventional cryptocurrency systems, data generated based on the body activity of the user can be a proof-of-work, and therefore, a user can solve the computationally difficult problem unconsciously.
Patent Suggests Alternative Way to Mine Cryptocurrencies
The patent describes a system where a device can verify whether “the body activity data satisfies one or more conditions set by the cryptocurrency system,