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Microsoft could revolutionize cryptomining with user body activity proof-of-work

Microsoft could make cryptomining great again. (Image Source: Kryptographe)
Microsoft could make cryptomining great again. (Image Source: Kryptographe)
A recent Microsoft patent details how the cumbersome proof-of-work implementation on current cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that has ever-increasing processing power requirements can be replaced with a system that validates user body activity. This would allow more users to adopt blockchain tech and possibly revolutionize finances.
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Microsoft has been a supporter of cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech for quite some time now, and, at one point, the Microsoft Store even allowed customers to pay in Bitcoin. Blockchain adoption and integration might see a boost with all the economic troubles nowadays, and Microsoft could be among the big companies to push for such developments. Just recently, the software giant published a patent that details a new and more efficient way for mining cryptocurencies that could pave the way for greater blockchain tech adoption and possibly a new way of looking at finances.

The energy costs and processing power required for cryptomining endeavors have increased exponentially in the past several years. 10 years ago, Bitcoin miners used to rely on graphics cards, but, as the mining difficulty increased, specialized ASIC devices needed to be created in order to keep up with the ever-increasing needs for more processing power. This is also true for most of the other cryptocoins out there that make use of a proof-of-work mining approach. As an alternative, proof-of-stake does not require any processing power at all and users only need to hold a certain amount of said cryptocurrency, but  this approach is not as popular.

Now, to effectively mine significant amounts of Bitcoin, for example, one would need to invest in a small farm of miners in the ballpark of $50,000+, so the average user cannot easily get into this anymore. However, Microsoft’s new patent details a new proof-of-work validation system that employs the human body activity rather than costly processing power and energy.

The patent explains that this new validation system includes a task server that issues certain simple tasks instead of computational problems that have an ever-increasing difficulty and require huge amounts of processing power. The user wears special devices with sensors that receive the task and generate user body activity data. In turn, this data is sent out through the blockchain, which verifies the validity and awards a certain amount of cryptocurrency to the user’s wallet.

It remains to be seen if Microsoft is going to implement this system in a commercial product. Since most existing cryptocurrencies already rely on computer processing power, Microsoft would have to develop its own blockchain and cryptocurrency to take advantage of the new proof-of-work system, so it would eventually have to compete with Bitcoin.

User body activity proof-of-work diagram (Source: Microsoft)
User body activity proof-of-work diagram (Source: Microsoft)
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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1540 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2020-03-27 (Update: 2020-03-28)