Former CIA agent Kevin Shipp is spreading a fringe conspiracy theory on Twitter about how Microsoft’s cryptocurrency patent is a satanic plot.
He claims that the software giant is “getting obvious about it” after featuring controversial Serbian artist Marina Abramovic in its now-deleted ad for its HoloLens2 virtual reality headset.
As reported by U.Today, Microsoft filed a patent for an innovative cryptocurrency that uses brain waves and body heat for mining as a form of the proof-of-work consensus algorithm:
“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 system would make it possible to solve complex computational tasks unconsciously without deploying massive computational power like Bitcoin.
It’s highly likely that the system will not turn into an actual product since tech giants in the likes of Microsoft usually file patents for fending off copyright infringement.
Nevertheless, the futuristic concept was enough to become a breeding ground for new tin-foil-hat conspiracy theories about Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.