Microsoft files Patent for Crypto-Mining based on Human Brain Activity


Microsoft has filed a recent patent that will help them mine crypto using brain activity. Microsoft plans on “monitoring people’s brain activity and other personal biometric data” to generate cryptocurrencies. This crypto-mining system using the human brain can unlock a boatload of possibilities shortly.

Crypto mining means gaining cryptocurrencies by solving cryptographic equations through the use of computers. This process involves validating data blocks and adding transaction records to a public record (ledger) known as a blockchain. In a more technical sense, cryptocurrency mining is a transactional process that involves the use of computers and cryptographic processes to solve complex functions and record data to a blockchain. There are entire networks of devices that are involved in crypto mining and that keep shared records via those blockchains.

Now what Microsoft plans is that it will use sensors that will track the specific activity of the users. This activity could include tasks like viewing ads and then convert them into data that can be used to solve complex equations which is what happens in general proof of work systems. There can also be other tasks that can be specified by the company which can be converted to usable mining data. Altogether they plan to use the human body and mind which can be one of the most valuable assets in human history.

Instead of using powerful computers that just use a lot of energy, it is better to use the human brain and mind for such activities. Since the brain can do a lot of tasks, convertible to useful data, it can easily act as a computational problem solver. And it will not just focus on mental activity.

Microsoft also plans to use physical activity to do mining like normal running, jogging, or intense exercise. When such activities are performed the signals sent out by the brain can be used for mining. So when Microsoft sets specific tasks for users, after their completion, Microsoft will use their brain activity to mine cryptos.

Now we don’t know whether Microsoft will be able to create what they claim and whether it will have the effect they say it will have. All we know that if it happens, they expect people to wear sensors all over their body that uses their mental and physical activities to mine cryptocurrencies and this is probably getting too personal into the Human being.

Though this will change the course of how we used to mine cryptocurrencies, we’ll just have to wait and see what effect will it have once it does happen.


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