Computer chips get under skin of enthusiasts

Forgetting computer passwords is an everyday source of frustration, but a solution may literally be at hand -- in the form of computer chip implants. The computer chips, which cost about $2, interact with a device installed in computers and other electronics. The chips are activated when they come within 3 inches of a so-called reader, which scans the data on the chips. The "reader" devices are available for as little as $50.
You may also enjoy reading Satan's Micro Minions, from over at the WSJ. Authors Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntire, whose "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move With RFID" has become the bible of the wary, consider the technology an invasion of privacy. Thanks to mdoniel for that one.

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At the bar: ID? no RFID !

About six or seven years ago a company in Florida was going through clinical trials of implantable chips for humans. The idea was that they could be put in dementia patients so when they got lost they could be scanned (like the cat or dog variety) and returned home, or relatives contacted, or medical records accessed, or whatever is needed.

Well anywho... they had to do clinical trials and they had to stick them in people. Of course I volunteered. There was an honorarium of several hundred bucks...I like being so honored. So I had one of these things implanted in my. They numbed up my upper arm with a little xylocaine and then stuck the thing in with some 16 ga needle thingy. It stayed in me for 14 months and then they took it out. It was about the size of a grain of rice.

I think it is probably the same thing they use on pets because the Humane Society's scanner could read it. It was just a serial number nothing nefarious.

I would have left the thing in but they insisted on removing it. They numbed me up, used flouroscopy and had it out with a 1/2 incision which healed in a few days.

I think the thing was finally approved for people, but I don't see it in wide use. No ER I know has a scanner for them.

If you are looking for any clinical trials (whacky or not) in which to participate clinicaltrials.gov is a fantastic resource.

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