Tuesday, May 25, 2004

It's one of the stock science-fiction nightmares, from dystopian futures where massive populations are ground under the heel of an unfeeling bureaucracy, stamped, filed, numbered, and cut down if they get out of line: people getting chips implanted, broadcasting their identities to hidden equipment that they might not even be aware of.

Kids in Spain are getting them implanted to pay for drinks.

via slashdot, which also has their usual semi-reliable debate about technical attacks on the system

3 Comments:

Blogger Michael Miller said...

I saw that story. Weird.

When do you suppose we will all be REQUIRED by law to implant them?

Just asking, in a paranoid but partly serious way.

7:28 PM  
Blogger charles said...

Don't take this system's future for granted. It has competition, after all -- GPS-enabled cell phones effectively broadcast the identity and position of the person carrying them at a much greater range, to existing centralized systems. And many, many people are carrying them right now.

10:49 PM  
Blogger lightning said...

It'll be interesting to see how this works out, and if any of the nastier scenarios come to pass. Fortunately, about the worst that can happen here is a humongous bar tab.

One of the problems with things like Britan's national ID cards or the cellphone GPS locators is that they're all- or- nothing affairs, and politicos have a lot of moral investment in them. Even if they're absolute disasters, nothing will be done because Somebody would have to admit that they'd made a mistake.

This way, we have a nice small "pilot project". If it doesn't work, nobody's lost much.

12:15 AM  

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