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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-14-2006, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Human Microchips

Some companies are implanting chips in employees to keep track of them. No way would I have a microchip implanted in me. It would feel like they owned me. I got this off the CNN web site.


ID chips not just for pets any more

Monday, February 13, 2006; Posted: 5:56 p.m. EST (22:56 GMT)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) -- Tiny silicon chips were embedded into two workers who volunteered to help test the tagging technology at a surveillance equipment company, an official said Monday.

The Mexico attorney general's office implanted the so-called RFIDs -- for radio frequency identification chips -- in some employees in 2004 to restrict access to secure areas. Implanting them in the workers at CityWatcher.com is believed to be the first use of the technology in living humans in the United States.

Sean Darks, chief executive of the company, also had one of the chips embedded.

"I have one," he said. "I'm not going to ask somebody to do something I wouldn't do myself. None of my employees are forced to get the chip to keep their job."

The chips are the size of a grain of rice and a doctor embedded them in the forearm just under the surface of the skin, Darks said.

They work "like an access card. There's a reader outside the door; you walk up to the reader, put your arm under it, and it opens the door," Darks said.

Darks said the implants don't enable CityWatcher.com to track employees' movements.

"It's a passive chip. It emits no signal whatsoever," Darks said. "It's the same thing as a keycard."

CityWatcher.com has contracts with six cities to provide cameras and Internet monitoring of high-crime areas, Darks said. The company is experimenting with the chips to identify workers with access to vaults where data and images are kept for police departments, he said.

The technology predates World War II, but has appeared in numerous modern adaptations, such as tracking pets, vehicles and commercial goods at warehouses.

After Hurricane Katrina, as body counts mounted and missing-person reports multiplied, some morgue workers in Mississippi used the tiny computer chips to keep track of unidentified remains.



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No way, no how. Give me a card to swipe any day.




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There are statists who would sign-up for this microchip in a heartbeat if they were told it could someday combine the functionality of drivers license, credit cards, cellular telephones, E-Zpass, and passport. It is a bad idea and people should heed the wise words of the great Benjamin Franklin when he spoke the following:

"...Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety..."

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That stuff gives me the willies..Yikes. It's like an Asimov story. I like my Sci-fi to be fiction.

there's hope in the words and emotion in the eyes
it's so easy to be misled by the savvy gentle guise
and like fools we trust the delivery
but it's all just drunk sincerity
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I really dont see the big deal. Its like a swipe card you cant loose. So yeah, if I cant use one of those to replace the however many swipe cards I have to carry around and maybe work as keys for my cage/bike, I'll sign up. It has nothing to do with trading liberty for safety, its trading wallet space for convinience... Seriously I cant think of a single reasonable "con" to this, aside from "Its a little wierd"

Take the time to understand the technology. The system is passive so it tracks you no more than your credit card. I mean, we're all fine with carrying a magnetic strip in our pockets, but not under our skins..



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That stuff gives me the willies..Yikes. It's like an Asimov story. I like my Sci-fi to be fiction.
Well put. I want the future now



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I think it is just the idea of having anything placed inside my body that is not there for medical reasons and the idea of becoming "bionic" for other peoples purposes, however convenient. All my instincts say this is a slippery slope I don't want to start on.
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I think it is just the idea of having anything placed inside my body that is not there for medical reasons and the idea of becoming "bionic" for other peoples purposes, however convenient. All my instincts say this is a slippery slope I don't want to start on.
Going severly off topic, but I cant wait to see that day. I mean, the human body is a machine, and while it is a very advanced one, its not perfect. So I'd love to start modding it. A direct data jack would allow me to get my work done in minutes intead of hours, leaving me more time to ride. External memmory could insure I never have to write anything down again. Or by far my favorite is this: Signal normally travels down the axon of a nerve cell via a chemical reaction. This process takes milliseconds and has to be repeated for each cell. There is a simple expiriment you can do prove just how long this takes, I'll explain it if you want. Point is, rip all that seline axon crap out and replace it with wire of fiber optic, which transfer the signal at near the speed of light. What will you get? Reaction times that are thouthands of times faster than the faster human being are naturally capabel off. Rossi would look like a drooling retard in comparison. And we currently have the basic technology to do this (also it would be very difficult, due to the insane ammount of surgery required)
So where do I sign up?

People are off developing better and better prostetics. So when are they going to get so good that it would be worth discardign a perfectly healthy limb for one?



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Rossi would look like a drooling retard...
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X-men's Wolverine: We could crash hard, get up, dust ourselves off, and keep going. The claws? Could come in handy.

I'm not a religious nut, but isn't this in the bible? They don't say "microchip" but it was something implanted in us to keep track of everyone. Is the apocolypse (SP?) upon us???


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