Microsoft has proposed a method to generate cryptocurrency by monitoring people’s brain activity and other personal biometric data.
A new patent titled “Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data” describes how a person could attach various sensors to their body to earn cryptocurrency through a process known as mining.
Mining cryptocurrencies like bitcoin typically involves devoting vast amounts of computer processing power to solve complex mathematical problems.
Microsoft’s patent sets out an alternative option for mining cryptocurrency by instead doing it through a “human body activity associated with a task” and monitoring the outcome with biometric sensors.
“For example, a brain wave or body heat emitted from the user when the user performs the task provided by an information service provider, such as viewing an advertisement or using certain internet services, can be used in the mining process,” the patent explains.
“Instead of massive computation work required by some conventional cryptocurrency systems, data generated based on the body activity of the user can be proof-of-work, and therefore, a user can solve the computationally difficult problem unconsciously.”
The mining system would involve hooking up a device to various sensors on the body that detect the activity required of the user to generate the cryptocurrency.