October 24, 2020

Microsoft’s cryptocurrency patent uses data generated by human physical activity for cryptocurrency mining

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According to Blockchain News, Microsoft recently applied for a new cryptocurrency patent that can eliminate the need for expensive CPU processors and energy-consuming application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) miners. The company hopes to replace these traditional cryptocurrency mining methods with special sensors. Microsoft hopes to use this special sensor to measure the physical activity of cryptocurrency mining participants — it is possible to introduce low cryptocurrency mining methods.

The Microsoft server will send a task request to the user’s device. In order to see if the user really meets the task requirements, a special sensor connected to the Microsoft server will measure the user’s waves or the heat emitted by the body.

Source: W02020060606 – Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data

“As outlined above, the system will monitor a person’s physical actions and energy spent via sensors to mine cryptocurrencies. When the sensors detect that the monitored body is exerting themselves physically, it converts the data recorded on the subject and converts them to power to unlock blocks. The system is also purported to monitor mental exertion, mind power used when a person is reading or writing, and convert this into data respectively.”

Once the sensors connected to the body and the server confirm that the user meets the task requirements, the user will receive a new cryptocurrency reward. In fact, the widespread use of Microsoft’s new cryptocurrency can greatly reduce the computing power and energy requirements involved in the conventional cryptocurrency mining process, making the mining process faster.

According to the patent application, “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.”