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Microsoft’s creepy biometric payment patent

Data will be automatically extracted via physical exertion and thoughts in exchange for cryptocurrency

Microsoft has registered a patent for a creepy biometric payment system which will mine digital currency through physical and mental activity, and its curious registration code has added further fuel to its controversy.

The ‘cryptocurrency system using body activity data’ as it is officially listed, involves the mining of electronic money through a device connected to the human body.

It does not specify whether this will be a form of technology implanted inside humans (i.e. a microchip) or outside of the body (i.e. some form of wearable technology), but it does refer to the body being connected to a device from which it can receive and make payments automatically based on the individual’s output.

“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,” Microsoft’s own description reads.

“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.”

It goes on to mention that this data will be extracted from both physical activity and thoughts.

“The body activity may include, for example, but not limited to, radiation emitted from human body, brain activities, body fluid flow, organ activity or movement, body movement, and any other activities that can be sensed and represented by images, waves, signals, texts, numbers, degrees, or any other form of information or data,” it states.

“Examples of body radiation emitted from the human body may include radiant heat of the body, pulse rate, or brain wave.”

“Brain waves may comprise, for example, but not limited to, gamma waves, involved in learning or memory tasks, beta waves, involved in logical thinking and/or conscious thought, alpha waves, which may be related to subconscious thoughts, theta waves, which may be related to thoughts involving deep and raw emotions.”

Read the full description here.

Striking resemblance to Black Mirror

The description of Microsoft’s cryptocurrency system using body activity data bears a striking resemblance to the Black Mirror episode ‘Fifteen Million Merits’ where people, marked with tattoo-like implants, earn digital currency through physical exercise and are obligated by their telescreens to watch advertisements in exchange for more points.

Mark of the beast?

This patent is filed under the number WO/2020/060606/A1 on the World Intellectual Property Organization website. Let’s break that down:

WO = World Intellectual Property Organization

2020 = The year it is was published (26/03/2020)

A1 = Under review (A2 = approved)

So then, what remains of the actual patent ID is: 060606

This has led many to believe that it is a reference to the mark of the beast, 666, and whether religious or not, conspiratorial or not, it certainly begs the question as to whether this is merely a coincidence.

Had it been for any other type of product, or any other organization for that matter, it could be brushed aside.

But Microsoft owner Bill Gates’ involvement with implantable microchipping projects such as the Quantum Dot Tattoos and ID2020, as well as the nature of the product, make for an an uncanny correlation between the much fabled ‘mark of the beast’.

Quantum Dot Tattoos (McHugh et al., Science Translational Medicine, 2019)

In Christian scripture, Jesus warned of false prophets arising in the last days who would masquerade as the Messiah and claim to be the savior of the world, and whereby the exchange of currency would only be permitted to those with the mark.

“It causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name,” Revelation 13:15-18 reads.

“This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”

Fear not! Snopes can clear it up…

Or can it? As with any story that goes against the technocracy, you can always count on ‘independent fact-checkers’ to selectively debunk it.

Snopes, anointed by Poynter’s International Fact Checking Network, deems the claim ‘mostly false’, however it inadvertently does a good job of actually supporting the claim.

The report confirms that the patent is indeed real, as is the code, and even nicely breaks down the other parts of the registration number, apart from the ‘060606’ bit, for which it has no explanation and doesn’t bother to give any reason as to how it came about.

Its only rebuttal was in the fact that the code being ‘060606’ instead of directly ‘666’ made it inconclusive.

It is reminiscent of how Poynter board member Glenn Kessler famously ‘debunked’ the claim that Barack Obama branded events in Benghazi an act of “terrorism” in his Washington Post ‘fact-check’ piece.

The basis of that rebuttal? The former US president, in Kessler’s explanation, had not used the word “terrorism” but actually said “act of terror”.

This is the kind of selective picking and choosing of words and facts which allows room for manoeuvre to twist the narrative of a story in whichever way these so-called ‘impartial’ fact-checkers choose, and investigation is instead replaced by ideology.

It’s also worth reminding that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided Poynter (whose International Fact Checking Network Snopes is a part of) a grant of $382,997 “to improve the accuracy in worldwide media of claims related to global health and development” which is why there is no chance of ever finding criticism of the tech mogul from this network.

In summary

BigTechtopia is not claiming that this is necessarily an implantable device, but merely goes by what the patent itself states, and the vague description of just how this cryptocurrency will be mined through body heat and brain waves does not rule it out either.

Gates’ investments in the area of RFID implants and now this product which extracts and expends money directly through a body-tech interface containing the same code as what scripture and popular culture knows to represent the ‘mark of the beast’ makes for an uncanny correlation and should at least arouse scrutiny rather than just a lazy Google search.

Of course, no mainstream outlet, nor any ‘independent’ fact-checker, will come out to say otherwise.

Yet the attempt to merge humans with technology is no secret. We find ourselves at a critical turning point in history whereby humanity stands to become mere cogs of an AI machine if those who are at the forefront of this shift, and those who stand to benefit the most, remain unquestioned.

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