Technology – Helping or Hurting?

Hitachi has developed an RFID (radio frequency Identification Device) powder.

RFID chip

No, that’s not it. The image above is the previous record hold RFID chip. The powder is even smaller, this is what it looks like:

(powder chips compared to a human hair)

The powder is 60 times smaller then the tiny chips above.

The new RFID chips have a 128-bit ROM for storing a unique 38 digit number, like their predecessor. Hitachi used semiconductor miniaturization technology and electron beams to write data on the chip substrates to achieve the new, smaller size.

Application of RFID is becoming scary indeed, to my way of thinking. Almost any application can be utilized, including sprinkling the international border with chips to be accidentally picked up by crossing illegals. Or put into food.

The rather extreme potential for harmful application is endless. Tiny, microscopic chips could be applied to any item, person or event without your knowledge and approval, making you a walking billboard / beacon for any number of applications.

Ultimately, we are talking about a severe invasion of privacy. The only worse case scenario I can think of is when they can simply track everything by a unique DNA fingerprint – what you bought, used, consumed, borrowed, drove, rented, visited, ate, saw, or participated in.

These new chips have that ability, so a unique DNA fingerprint isn’t really required. All they have to do is sprinkle this powder somewhere in your life and your “tagged”. Ingestible chips could be placed into food, powder chips could be scattered over anything, anywhere. Tiny little “powder” dispersion stations could be place anywhere, doorways, walkways, roads, supermarkets, stores, banks, or even simply dumped “target specific” on door handles, books, silverware, clothing, whatever.
Sure, a lot of good could come from some of the applications being promoted, such as surgical, but what of all the potential for abuse? Are we now supposed to trust our corporate plantation owners to suddenly become ethical, moral and responsible, while suddenly respecting the privacy of their “consumers”? I think not. I think we’ve entered into a very dangerous era of surveillance and tracking, that’s what I think.

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2 thoughts on “Technology – Helping or Hurting?

  • February 15, 2007 at 1:44 pm
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    At this rate (and this is another example of ‘just’ what we’ve heard about, btw), it won’t be long before ‘they’ can ‘make’ these devices do other clever things. Such as record/transmit speech and/or vital signs, auto-implant (burrow), secrete nerve agent et al, explode in your brain, and such. Any wagers?

    Damn, please hurry up with the Peak Oil crash or Armageedon or whatever. This waiting game is a non-virtual nightmare.

  • February 15, 2007 at 2:44 pm
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    lonewolf

    Be patient or you will get what you asked for. The walls are coming down and the lights are going out in the third world (starting with places such as Zimbawbe); according to R. Duncan our time will come circa 2008-2012. That’s just around the corner – the signals to look for are gold at $ 1,000.00 and oil at $ 100. We are not too far.

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