What you need to know
- A patent from Microsoft about a cryptocurrency system has been spotted.
- The patent discusses rewarding people's body activity and brainwaves with cryptocurrency.
- One example of an activity that could earn cryptocurrency is looking at ads in real life.
A strange patent from Microsoft has been spotted by WindowsUnited that combines cryptocurrency and monitoring brain and body heat into a single idea. The idea behind the system is that it could mine cryptocurrency using people's activity rather than relying on PC power to mine crypto. The system would rely on sensors on a person's body to track their activity.
The patent is a bit odd in how it reads, and that's saying something given its subject matter, but an excerpt explains the core idea of the cryptocurrency system:
Based on this, the system would have sensors on a person's body that could monitor body activity and brain waves. These would then be used to "mine" cryptocurrency. The patent points out that this system would rely on people's actions rather than large amounts of computation from computers.
The abstract of the patent describes it in more plain terms:
As with all patents, the ideas discussed might never see the light of day. Would you attach brain and body sensors to yourself to earn cryptocurrency? Let us know in the comments below.
Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org (opens in new tab).
I cannot wait for the privacy nuts to start screaming about this.
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