Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Under Your Skin

Under Your Skin

Credit card companies are hopeful that the latest chip technolgy will catch on with the general public. If this latest idea is at all similar to the others, they are not likely to have much success. The idea is not brand new, but it is still cutting edge. Businesses are prepared to ask people to no longer carry credit, ATM or debit cards anymore, but be implanted with a small chip under the skin. This chip will then broadcast a radio frequency and when place under a scanner at say an ATM, it will immeadiately know who you are.

The idea is catching on with many companies and in some cases governments. The US military has been placing chips in its soliders for years now. The idea may soon be reaching the general public. Why keep track of people with identification numbers when you can just put a chip in their arm?

Many would argue the positvies here are to great to dismiss. No one will ever get their credit cards, money or identity stolen again. The oppostion would argue differently, however. Theives could easily find the frequencies to the chips and redirect the signals to ATMs and have acces to accounts. The really ambitious thieves may go so far as to try to remove the chips (or even the body parts they are in).

There is also the issue of invasion of privacy here. If these chips are anything like peoples personal home computers, it wouldn't be long before advertisers began taking advantage of them. There could be tracking software implemented to learn where people spend there time. Billboards could recover transmitted signals and the ads would cater to whoever walks nearest to them (a moment seen in the movie Minority Report). People would no longer be alone anywhere. It would truely become an Orwellian Big Brother society.

For the benifits that some people may recieve, the dangers out weigh them. Companies can try their hardest to market this ambitious product to the public, but I like most people probably just don't like the idea of being 'chiped'.



At 6:37 AM, Blogger Luke said...

Gabe - any chance can you give us the original source for this story?

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

One moment while I curl into a foetal ball and begin rocking back and forth, seeking the soothing waters of Denial...

Hell. Handbasket.


But yes, the article source would be brilliant if you can still find it.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Daniel Sadgrove said...

Didn't they try something similar to that in an Spanish club? Something about inserting the credit card 'chip' in the forearm and just getting them to zap it to credit you for the beers?

Found it:
Barcelona Clubbers get Chipped

More information on it:
Implanted ID chip finds way into ERs, bars

A whole lot of articles relating to the use of the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology

Basically just do a google search on 'sub dermal credit cards' or 'rfid technology' and it should give you all the information you need. Applied Digital Solutions (ADS) and Verichip Corporation are both heavily involved in it.

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Josephine said...

Has anyone seen the film 'bound'? I wonder if a few people are going to lose their fingers.


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