The one most beneficial point I think of an RFID implant is that it is so much better than biometrics, such as finger / thumb printing or retina scans, simply because an Implant can be removed or disabled, without adversely affecting your life, whereas a print or retina scan cannot.
After my original research I had written an article that talked about what would be happening, however after further research, what I thought would happen, is in effect already happening, I have come across an absolute flood of information, so will continue to discuss the human ramifications over the next couple of articles.
All around the world there are governments, corporations, organizations and individuals having people chipped, at this stage from what I can discover this is largely done to people who have given consent, however this is not the full story and is likely to get worse,
A quick Google search will reveal a number of proposals in action around the world ranging from having the homeless chipped, to having immigrants chipped, to companies that require employees to have a chip implanted.
(That same Google search will also reveal a large number of sites that are either conspiracy theorists, very religiously motivated, or both and discuss the fact that RFID is apparently the mark of the beast, these make an interesting read if nothing else, with a range from scientific and evidence based (around the rfid’s) with a religious interpretation, right the way through to complete fanciful fanatics.)
There are also large number of people having RFID’s implanted into themselves, not only consenting but actually requesting to have this done.
Mostly it is either in the hand - easy to remove – according to a number of sources you can scratch away at the area of skin and remove the chip much like a splinter
(ishmells photostream on flickr)
For the more formal applications, esp. health it is implanted in the right arm above the triceps muscle, (except in the case of an amputee who would then have it implanted in the same place in the left arm.)
This particular method of implant is still easily done with what is effectively a large needle, inserting a glass tube about the size of two grains of rice, however the removal requires a surgical procedure, albeit a minor one.
Why would you request to have this done? There are many reasons – mostly around convenience:
- Disable the alarm and unlock the car by grabbing the door handle,
- Similarly, swipe your hand past a reader in the front quarter panel to lock the door.
- Remove the need for a key in the ignition, simply have a reader on the steering wheel and a “start” button
- Work place,
- Never forget your security card again, move your hand past a sensor and you are in.
- Unlocking your workstation, - simply sit down at your workstation, grab the mouse or keyboard ( with a built in reader)
- Health / Tracking / capitalizing on the fear of terror in the US
- Over in the US, and possibly a number of other places, there are companies pushing multiple chipping packages, that will chip each significant body part, in the event of the Worst happening, (eg, you are blown to pieces)
- Declaration of love
- Why not have chips instead of wedding rings? This couple have used RFID to give each other complete access to their lives – the lady involved thinks that the implantation has a romantic appeal to it… apparently
- Health reasons,
- Around the world, according to Verichip, there are more than 2,000 people with implants being monitored,
- They also state the RFID implant technology helps doctors and hospitals high-risk patients.
- One of the large concerns about the implantation of RFID’s is medical, all privacy aside,
- For medical tracking they have an establish place for the RFIDs (as mentioned above) however for consumer requested implants it becomes a real risk,
- For instance, if you are in a car accident and the hospital needs to perform and MRI, the magnetic forces could not only destroy the chip, but cause you serious burns or worse kill you.
it will become a requirement / strong recommendation to have a small tattoo in a standardized place so that it can be seen that you have an RFID implant on your person – in the event of emergencies.
It will not be necessary as the sensitivity of the readers / detectors will be such that they will be able to pick up any RFID on a persons body with near-flawless precision.
Prediction: - Should the voluntary implantation of RFID become widespread it will not be long before those that don’t want an implant are encountering social / work / government / peer pressure to have the implant, or worse yet, actually being ostracized due to the lack of chip.
And the list goes on, there are so many places that RFID is appearing, in every way shape or form.
Part 4 will continue to discuss the above and other ramifications, along with discussions currently happening regarding the privacy of individuals.
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Comment by Keith Richard Radford Jr., on 2-Dec-2007 08:17
Prove I'm a liar!
In 1992 I was implanted with a microchip by the California Department of Corrections. Prove I'm a liar!
Just like the Angel of Death* HaloScan, IBM, Avid, Veri Chip and other company's use subcutaneous human tracking device, audio servalence systems and other venues against American people for fun and profit. Prove I'm a liar!
Since the Nuremberg trials the Nuremberg code of universal medical ethics have moved into California's Silicon Valley which is being protected by our own governments representatives. Prove I'm a liar
The national fraud squad has opened an investigation into the affair. The four are suspected of abuse, aggravated assault, causing death through negligence, fraud, forgery, breach of statutory duty, and disruption of legal proceedings. Prove I'm a liar!
*Dr. Josef Mengele was a German SS officer and a physician in the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. He gained notoriety chiefly for being one of the SS physicians who supervised the selection of arriving transports of prisoners, determining who was to be killed and who was to become a forced labourer, and for performing human experiments on camp inmates, amongst whom Mengele was known as the Angel of Death.
Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's Eighth District in the House of Representatives wile being on the board of Veri Chip.
As California's senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein has built her reputation on condoning torture, working with both Democrats and Republicans to find solutions to the problems facing California and the Nation court who have chosen to ignore human and civil right.
You Worthless Tech Trollops have been instrumental in working toward a North American Union. When will America wake up to the fact that our government knows human nature. Using sex offenders to justify their actions when what they are doing is universally wrong, is underhanded at least and fundamentally treasonous by using devices that are unsafe. Hiding the finding of company's product and placing humans at risk seems to be of no consequence to those that take them to court on habeas corpus writs.
I was told by my attorney that my case was demurer which means the state says so what.
So what if you are diabetic and need to enroll in Adult Swim at your YMCA because of injuries for exercise.
So what if you are disabled and we made you move.
So what if you live a good honest life.
So what if when we made you move you were going to school to learn a trade and we disrupted your life during your finals and you could not finish your training.
So what if you and your wife who by the way has never done anything to anyone is waking in the middle of the night crying because you stand to be homeless for fear that no one will rent to you.
We lived in an apartment in Burbank CA when someone decided to place flyer's at our home about my 23 year old sex offense and get us kicked out of our home. So what.
Reminds me of the Quote by Pastor Martin Niemöller:
First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
We have one week to come up with a bunch of money to fight for rights for all Americans who are losing because they are better than sex offenders till their family member loses their trunks when diving into the community pool.
Sorry America we have no money. We are poor. Week to week surviving on what we have which is less each day.
When these laws get done with us, they will not be satisfied.
Prove I'm a liar!