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Microsoft Files Patent For Crypto Mining Linked To Body Activity Data

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Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC, the patent holding subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., has filed a patent for a human-powered cryptocurrency mining system that uses human body activity data to mine cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

The patent was filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which is the UN intellectual property agency.

Described as a "Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data" by Microsoft, the human body activity associated with a task provided to a user may be used in a mining process of a cryptocurrency system.

The system works with the server providing 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 and body activity data may be generated based on the sensed body activity of the user.

The cryptocurrency system communicatively coupled to the device of the user may verify if the body activity data satisfies one or more conditions set by the cryptocurrency system, and awards cryptocurrency to the user whose body activity data is verified.

According to the filing, the proposed cryptocurrency system will comprise one or more processors and memory that will store executable instructions that, if executed by the one or more processors, will configure the cryptocurrency system to communicate with a device of a user.

The system will receive body activity data which is generated based on body activity of the user, wherein the body activity is sensed by a sensor communicatively coupled to or comprised in the device of the user.

The body activity sensed by the sensor will comprise at least one of body radiation emitted from the user - body fluid flow, a brain wave, pulse rate or body heat radiation.

The body activity data is generated using a hash algorithm converting human body activity into an encryption output. The generated body activity data comprises a hash of the sensed body activity of the user.

The system will then verify if the body activity data of the user satisfies one or more conditions set by the cryptocurrency system and awards cryptocurrency to the user whose body activity data is verified. It also performs a test for verifying if the user of the device is human or not.

The cryptocurrency system awards the cryptocurrency to the user by generating a block for the awarded cryptocurrency and adding the block to a blockchain stored in the cryptocurrency system.

The block consists of data of the task provided to the device of the user, information on the awarded cryptocurrency, a hash associated with the body activity and a hash of a previous block.

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