getting chipped is easy …

ahh, technology.

VeriChip is a miniaturized radio frequency identification device (RFID) that can be used in a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and healthcare applications. About the size of a grain of rice, each VeriChip product contains a unique verification number and will be available in several formats, some of which will be insertable under the skin. The verification number is captured by briefly passing a proprietary scanner over the VeriChip. A small amount of radio frequency energy passes from the scanner energizing the dormant VeriChip, which then emits a radio frequency signal transmitting the verification number.

think of the wonderful possibilities! you can have your entire medical, credit, education, employment, legal, and any other history, available to anyone with a scanner, instantly! never have to worry about losing that ATM card again, eh? and speaking of cards, wouldn’t this make a great national ID card? “present your chip for scanning, citizen”.

look. i’m sure this thing has valid uses. but if it comes into any widespread use, the concept of privacy will cease to exist, entirely. history. gone. *poof* like that.

one of the scariest rice-grain sized things i’ve ever seen.

15 thoughts on “getting chipped is easy …

  1. bellyflop? hell, just a wave of your hand. they could cross reference that with your savings card buying history, tell you about new products you might be interested in, debit your bank account for your purchases, and call your mom if you’re not eating right. they could track your movements through the store and put appropriate ad-based information on screens to let you know more about the product you’re looking at. every major marketing association in the world could have your data in real time! and if they detect no cash in your bank, they could toss your worthless ass out!

    am i ranting or anything?

  2. i’m sure they could justify that easily, as a security measure to prevent kidnappings and babyswitchings. and hey, that might help prevent the one or so infants that’s been kidnapped from a hospital every couple years.

    but the point is, once there are enough of these out there, there’s no end to the amount of tracking and watching that will be done by corporations and government(s).

  3. …and nobody shall be able to make any kind of monetary transaction unless they carry upon their body the number of the beast 666. Another sign of the coming end times?

    The common use of these now in pets is to get people accustomed to the idea of tracking devices, so that they will not be alarmed when every child born starts to have these devices implanted.

  4. the verichip is already used for identifcation purposes in animals. it’s implanted under the skin (in the neck — not sure) but can be scanned to identify the animal as a pet. This is supposed to alert research labs that the animal may have been stolen.

  5. no, no, but people will be able to scan me and know more about me than my own mother.

    not that i have anything to hide, mind you.

  6. I’m with you, kd. It doesn’t matter whether or not I have anything to hide — it’s my business, and I’d like to keep it that way.

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