Microsoft recently filed a patent titled “Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data” which outlines a new cryptocurrency that uses body activity data for mining. This will allow users to mine a new token using brain waves or body heat.

Measure sweat = measure fever. It’s pretty clear where this is going.

From the patent:

“Some exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure may use human body activity associated with a task provided to a user as a solution to“mining” challenges in cryptocurrency systems.”
“For example, a brain wave or body heat emitted from the user when the user performs the task provided by an information or service provider, such as viewing an advertisement or using certain internet services, can be used in the mining process. 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. Accordingly, certain exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure may reduce computational energy for the mining process as well as make the mining process faster.”
“Systems, methods, and hardware aspects of computer-readable storage media are provided herein for a cryptocurrency system using human body activity data. According to various embodiments of the present disclosure, a server may provide a task to a device of a user which is communicatively coupled to the server. A sensor communicatively coupled to or comprised in the device of the user may sense body activity of the user. Body activity data may be generated based on the sensed body activity of the user. A cryptocurrency system communicatively coupled to the device of the user may verify whether or not 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.”
“Examples are implemented as a computer process, a computing system, or as an article of manufacture such as a device, computer program product, or computer-readable medium. According to one aspect, the computer program product is a computer storage medium readable by a computer system and encoding a computer program comprising instructions for executing a computer process.”

This is an interesting idea – rewarding humans for being active mentally or physically with tokens. Keep the population healthy? Or pick out whom to pick off?

Article first published on the Blockchain, reproduced here with the kind permission of Richard Kastelein