Getting Under The Skin

Here we go again.

Applied Digital Solutions of Palm Beach, Fla., is hoping that Americans can be persuaded to implant RFID chips under their skin to identify themselves when going to a cash machine or in place of using a credit card. The surgical procedure, which is performed with local anesthetic, embeds a 12-by-2.1mm RFID tag in the flesh of a human arm.

I don’t forsee myself ever doing something like this.  I can just imagine that criminals will start using RFID scanners to digitally pick your pocket arm.  Or worse, hacking off someone’s limb to get at their RFID tag.  Applied Digital Solutions has been working really hard to come up with a use for this implantable technology, but so far no one has really bought into it (their first product was an implantable tracking device).  This sounds like another attempt to get some traction.  Frankly, I wouldn’t shed any tears for them if they flopped and went out of business.  I consider them distasteful in the extreme.

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