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August 21, 2018, 10:03:42 AM
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I recently stumbled across this article that describes how
80 employees of a technology company have voluntarily
decided to have a microchip implanted into their hand in order to
be able to use various "features" like paying for stuff at a vending
machine with a wave of their hand or logging into their computers.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611884/this-company-embeds-microchips-in-its-employees-and-they-love-it/

On the one hand this seems to be a very promising technology, which
will enable humans to do all kinds of cool stuff. But on the other hand
this could be the precursor to a really dystopian future. Imagine a ruthless dictator that
can ban you from buying food or other necessities of life just by putting
your personal microchip on some kind of blacklist.

What are your thoughts on this technology? Is the advent of implanted
microchips a boon or a bane for the individual and for society as a whole?


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August 21, 2018, 05:15:22 PM
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It's about as stupid as believing that electric cars are good for the environement, and vaccinations are currently being used to avoid illness, rather than to propagate it.
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August 23, 2018, 03:04:31 PM
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On the one hand this seems to be a very promising technology, which
will enable humans to do all kinds of cool stuff. But on the other hand
this could be the precursor to a really dystopian future. Imagine a ruthless dictator that
can ban you from buying food or other necessities of life just by putting
your personal microchip on some kind of blacklist.

A ruthless dictator could block your bank account / debit card / credit card just as easily. So the problem would be not so much the type of the technology involved but the overall infrastructure, e.g. if cash is eliminated as payment method, or if those chips have to call the mothership for every transaction and can't work decentralized/offline.

Having said that, embedded chips sound even more dorky than the Google Glass crap and provide zero benefit over a (slightly less dorky) smartwatch.
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August 23, 2018, 04:14:12 PM
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Neither.

Well, I would only implant such a device if both the software and the hardware was open source, secure from most cracking/hacking attempts and independently verified as safe by an unbiased third party.


If the government made such a chip, and offered everyone $1000 in tax credits, I would be very suspicious of it and I wouldn't implant it.

If google came up with it, and the software and hardware was even partly closed source and proprietary, I wouldn't touch it.


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August 24, 2018, 02:18:28 AM
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Well, I would only implant such a device if both the software and the hardware was open source, secure from most cracking/hacking attempts and independently verified as safe by an unbiased third party.

Even if there's microchips that meet your requirement, i doubt it's good enough if you can't verify whether the software/hardware is exactly same with the one that independently verified or still need 3rd party help to implant/insert the microchips inside your body since there's chance they swap it with malicious software/hardware.
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August 24, 2018, 08:36:29 AM
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Well, If you'd watch the movie "Kingsman", These could be a threat for those who voluntarily implanted chips, especially that it seems a promising invention but the true intention is hidden below them. This indeed to be a breakthrough in the advance technology, hence, this could also violate the privacy and security of an individual.

PS; If I were to ask, I'd better stay off in a such, I don't want any part of my body to explode.
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August 24, 2018, 01:08:11 PM
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It's about as stupid as believing that electric cars are good for the environement, and vaccinations are currently being used to avoid illness, rather than to propagate it.

I agree about cars, and about some vaccinations.. I hate those h1n1 vaccinations for example. But not all vaccinations.



A ruthless dictator could block your bank account / debit card / credit card just as easily. So the problem would be not so much the type of the technology involved but the overall infrastructure, e.g. if cash is eliminated as payment method, or if those chips have to call the mothership for every transaction and can't work decentralized/offline.

Having said that, embedded chips sound even more dorky than the Google Glass crap and provide zero benefit over a (slightly less dorky) smartwatch.


I believe that implanted chips will be really a problem soon, and we are close to that.

In a few years everyone will WANT to have an expensive chip implanted. Something like an iPhone, iMplant or whatever...

Smartphones are a huge privacy invasion. Now we are being tracked by Google GPS 100% of the time, our phone activity recorded, etc.

Implants will be a greater privacy invasion. The next level.

Personally, I do not use my smartphone GPS. Will I be able to turn of my implanted GPS?

Implants, or any new technology, will come with benefits that will be REQUIRED to live a normal live, like a smartphone now. Who can live a normal life now without a smartphone? Everyone demands that you answer email and texted messages immediately.

I always remember black mirror episodes. If you guys don't know it, I recommend it . You can view it on Netflix.

There is one episode about an implant that recorded everything you see, since you were born. And you were able to share what you saw,, rewind, zoom in /out, etc. Very interesting.
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August 24, 2018, 03:30:21 PM
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I always remember black mirror episodes. If you guys don't know it, I recommend it . You can view it on Netflix.

There is one episode about an implant that recorded everything you see, since you were born. And you were able to share what you saw,, rewind, zoom in /out, etc. Very interesting.

Black Mirror is great. I hope Netflix is still around in 20 years so that I could watch it again and see how much of it was prophetic.
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August 24, 2018, 06:02:45 PM
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I always remember black mirror episodes. If you guys don't know it, I recommend it . You can view it on Netflix.

There is one episode about an implant that recorded everything you see, since you were born. And you were able to share what you saw,, rewind, zoom in /out, etc. Very interesting.

Black Mirror is great. I hope Netflix is still around in 20 years so that I could watch it again and see how much of it was prophetic.

Yes I hope I can show it to my son in the future!

The first 2 or 3 seasons were better, as Netflix bought the series and made the last seasons

However, everything is great.
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