Bitcoin (BTC) Killer: Microsoft Wants to Create Cryptocurrency Powered by Body Heat

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Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:30
Alex Dovbnya
Microsoft patented an innovative cryptocurrency that will rely on body heat instead of computational power
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Microsoft is not sleeping on the cryptocurrency hype. 

The software behemoth plans to create its own cryptocurrency that will use body activity data instead of computational power for mining. A publicly available patent titled 'Cryptocurrency system using body activity data' was published on March 26. 

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Body heat instead of mining rigs

According to the patent's description, different kinds of human body activity (such as heat emitted when a user performs a certain task online or even brain waves) can be utilized for mining and serve as a proof-of-work. 

One will be able to solve complex computational problems subconsciously, without relying on expensive and energy-intensive hardware. 

"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," the description states.

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An energy hog 

While the Bitcoin network is lauded for its high level of security, one BTC transaction produces more CO2 than 780,650 Visa transactions. The PoW-based cryptocurrency consumes more power than Chile.

On top of that, 98 percent of outdated ASICs are going straight to a landfill because they have only one use case, thus creating mammoth-sized piles of e-waste.  

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.

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