RFID Chips Embedded in Everything

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Individuals who receive daily injections for medicine could instead rely on an implantable microchip device. The device is controlled remotely to deliver doses of medicine to the patient.

According to the DailyMail:

The sensor, which contains no battery, antenna or radio, creates a unique digital signature that is picked up and recorded by a patch attached to the patient’s shoulder.

The patch, which also monitors bodily functions such as heart rate and temperature, sends this encrypted information to blue-tooth enabled smartphones or computers owned by the patient and their doctors and carers.

In this way, both patients and their doctors can work out exactly which pills have been taken. Medics can also interpret whether the patient is sleeping well, or taking enough exercise using the information transmitted from the patch.

We are already being tracked through several modes:

  1. GPS
  2. Internet
  3. Traffic Cameras
  4. Computer Cameras and Microphones
  5. Public Sound Surveillance
  6. Facial Recognition

Even neuroscientists at the University of California Berkeley used a technique where they monitored the brain activity of individuals as they listened to words being spoken. As the subjects listened to the words being spoken, a computer program analyzed brain activity in the temporal lobe, and how the brain interpreted and recreated specific words or sounds.

IBM is working on mind reading technology and a bar code reader that can read your DNA.

Increasingly, RFID implants are being injected into thousands of elderly Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease who are at risk of wandering off and getting lost.

More and more companies are using microchips to track items and people.

Delta is testing RFID on some flights, tagging 40,000 customer bags in order to reduce baggage loss and make it easier to route bags if customers change their flight plans.

Three seaport operators – who account for 70% of the world’s port operations – agreed to deploy RFID tags to track the 17,000 containers that arrive each day at US ports.

The United States Department of Defense is moving into RFID in order to trace military supply shipments.

Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia placed RFID tags in 80,000 employee uniforms in order to put a stop to theft.

Several major manufacturers and retailers expect RFID tags to aid in managing the supply chain, from manufacturing to shipping to stocking store shelves, including Gillette (which purchased 500 million RFID tags for its razors), Home Depot, The Gap, Proctor & Gamble, Prada, Target, Tesco (a United Kingdom chain), and Wal-Mart.

IDG News Service – Hitachi Ltd. has developed radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that requires no external antenna and makes possible the embedding of tracking and identification chips in bank notes, tickets and other paper products.

The uses of these chips appear sensible and harmless until you think about the implications of being remotely tracked by nearly everything you own and come into contact. When a technology is embedded in all facets of our lives, then it may come to mind to question its purpose. The RFID chip can and has been used to gather information an individual would not otherwise readily give.

Now, it seems, the choice of maintaining our privacy is at stake.