Forget Passwords: Take a Pill & Let Your Body Log You In
June 1, 2013
The Motorola Pill, a.k.a. the authentication vitamin, is a stomach acid-powered pill that emits an 18-bit authentication signal that will log the person into an online service.
Regina Duncan, head of special projects for Motorola Mobility and former head of the (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) DARPA, is part of an initiative to bring electronic tattoos that retain passwords to log-in users and the authentication vitamin.
Duncan revealed at the All Things D conference that: “We are thinking of a variety of options for how you could do better at authentication. You can start with near term things like tokens or fobs, but you can also think of a means of authentication that you could wear on your skin for a week at a time. We are talking about an electronic tattoo.”
The electronic tattoo has “sensors and an antenna that can recognize your devices, after which it sends out an authenticating signal.”
Duncan laughed at the idea of teenagers defying their parents by wearing an electronic tattoo. She said: “Teenagers might not want to wear a watch, but you can be sure they’ll wear a tattoo just to piss off their parents.”
Duncan explained: “There are a lot of problems in wearables,” Dugan said, “Electronics are boxy and rigid, humans are curvy and soft. That’s a mechanical mismatch problem. The strategy these companies use for radical innovation is decades out of date. We need to update it. We learned to do it at DARPA and we’re going to bring it to mobile, and it will have cascading effect on industry.”
MC10 is working with Motorola to perfect the electronic tattoos. In essence, the pill turns the user’s entire body into a password.
Duncan explained how the authentication pill is actually a tiny computer ship. She said: “It also has what amounts to an inside-out potato battery. The acids in your stomach serve as an electrolyte and power it up.”
PDH developed a silicon chip as big as a grain of sand. The human body gives it power by interacting with the digestive juices to produce voltage with copper and magnesium inside the pill.
This emits a signal to a smartphone which will alert the physician that the patient has taken their medication.
The pill has been used in conjunction with treatments for tuberculosis, mental health, heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes.
Eric Topol, geneticist and cardiologist, is a professor of genomics at the Scripps Research Institute, happily says: “The FDA validation represents a major milestone in digital medicine. Directly digitizing pills, for the first time, in conjunction with our wireless infrastructure, may prove to be the new standard for influencing medication adherence and significantly aid chronic disease management.”
Another option is the Programmable Bio-Nano-Chip (PBNC) which was developed by Rice University to ascertain a person’s propensity toward heart disease and cancer by taking a sample of saliva.
Scientists at the Tel Aviv University and Women’s Hospital have combined forces to create a pill-sized robot that can be powered remotely by an MRI machine. This robot will swim through the patient’s gut and identify any warning signs of gastrointestinal cancer.
The transhumanists at 2045 Initiative support the IEM. They are a group of Russian scientists who are working toward the “realization of the possibility of a radical extension of human life by means of cybernetic technology” with the directed point of blending humanity with a “new culture” based on science.
By working with international scientists, they are exploring anthropomorphic robotics (the integration of man and machine) while modeling living systems and brain functions with artificial carriers to achieve cybernetic immortality.
The US government, always looking for new ways to manipulate, has been pouring funds into implantable microchips that could monitor soldiers and the battlefield conditions effect on their bodies.
Through brain implants , ingested in an aspirin, the electrodes “listen” to brain activity and sometimes stimulate activity to “inspire” an action or emotion. By tuning into the activity of the human brain by monitoring neurons the scientists can decipher thoughts and implant suggestions with ease.
As pharmaceutical corporations turn their attention toward manufacturing bio-electronics , conventional medicine is being phased out.
Treatment will consist of electrical signaling, monitoring of the body by implants that can transmit massive amounts of data, both physical and neurological, but also administer drugs without the necessity of the patient being involved.
Basically, you will not need to swallow a pill; the pill will be administered to you by an implanted electronic device.
Millions and millions of dollars are being spent to move our healthcare toward microchip implants that also control your brain in the name of curing neurological diseases in an endless barrage of technology that could quite simply change the way we think.