Microsoft has a new patent application called “Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data”, designed to analyze brain waves during advertisement watching, and then subsequently rewarding subjects for doing so with cryptocurrency

Filed in September 2018, the application describes a method of how brain wave or body heat emitted from a subject when the he or she performs the task provided by an information service provider, such as using the internet or viewing an ad, and then tis data can be used in the crypto mining process.

brain waves and cryptocurrency

So instead of the massive computation work that is required by conventional cryptocurrency mining, Microsoft’s theory is that data generated based on the body activity of users can help solve the computationally difficult problem unconsciously. And besides body heat and brain waves, the system could also potentially monitor organ activity, movement and body fluid flow.

The system would need wearable biometric sensors, but as a reward for wearing these, however, the system would then pay out cryptocurrency for certain task completions. The cryptocurrency system communicatively coupled to the device of the subject may verify if the body activity data satisfies one or more conditions set by the cryptocurrency system, and award cryptocurrency to the user whose body activity data is verified.

Space age, or a near reality? We’ll have more on this story as it develops.