• Nick Sorrentino

Employees being microchipped, Welcome to The Brave New World

Years ago we began writing about RFID chips and the risks they posed. It seemed obvious to us where things were headed. Without vigilance the technology would seep into society and become normalized as so many privacy destroying things have. But RFIDs present a particular challenge as they can track where one is, could be incorporated into the banking system, and could be used potentially as profound tools of coercion in ways we haven't even considered.

This is no Luddite hang up. Technology makes our lives better. Lives are saved. But technology is also a double edged sword and we forget this at our peril.

Consider that chips may soon monitor and even regulate systems in the body. For some this could be beneficial in the extreme. From diabetes to heart ailments to even depression we are told embedded chips have the potential to help humanity.

But such chips can undoubtedly be hacked. Also who keeps the keys to your chip? You or the government, corporations? The data such chips will provide could be the Holy Grail for the behavioral economists, who are in the business of "managing" human behavior. Those are not the guys I want looking at my financial, or health, or really any kind of data. And consider that if everyone was chipped they could do it in real time.

(From The Guardian)
Britain’s biggest employer organization and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security.
UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.
The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, are similar to those for pets. They enable people to open their front door, access their office or start their car with a wave of their hand, and can also store medical data.

The key phrase above is "are similar to those for pets."

We'll make great pets (?)