05/07/2012

Imagine Embedding RFID Chips in Soldiers: Medicine or Surveillance?

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An update from Katherine Albrecht who writes about threats and dangers from what she calls “spy chips” or RFID chips. This one has a basis in a government report from DARPA.

The possible pro: doctors could use a chip that was embedded in soldier’s body to monitor vital signs and track illness, etc.

The possible cons: Just like you can be tracked through your cellphone, with a chip like this embedded in your body, you could be tracked. As far as the control goes, I don’t think the chip can control a person.

 

According to a report at Mobiledia, the U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has confirmed plans to create nanosensors to monitor the health of soldiers on battlefields.

The devices also would report data to doctors. But privacy analysts have expressed concern that the implants could be used not just to monitor health but to keep track of and possibly control people.

DARPA describes the technology on which it is working as “a truly disruptive innovation,” which would diagnose, monitor vital states and “even deliver medicine into the bloodstream.”

via U.S. military developing spychips for soldiers.

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