RFID - Radio Frequency Identification Device
Chips are Implanted in Humans!
What is Privacy?
Since the invention of "RFID's" they have aided in gathering personal information that we as the public are mostly unaware of. This information is being gathered from many of our daily household items such as our clothing, garbage, eye-glasses, phones just to name a few. You may be wondering "What or why would someone want to know what is in my garbage?" You may be surprised to know that there is many who have an interest in the contents of your garbage. Stores are one example as they want to know the products you are using and how much etc. The "RFID" devices can gather all kinds of information about us this leaves privacy out of the equation. Many "RFID's" are so small that they can fit on the head of pin; there are chips that are no bigger than a grain of rice that can be planted into human's!
Technology is Good!
It is not the technology that is bad it is up to us humans to decide on how to use it - either for good or bad. If there was a way to guarantee it would only be used for good - what a perfect world it would be. Alas we do not live in a perfect world. Our personal information is collected in numerous ways such as when we fill out forms to enter contests- the personal information this could then be sold to others that are interested in it. We are all on the grid as there is many things we cannot do unless we have a personal number (s) such as our health card numbers (speaking of Canadians) this a personal number we all or most Canadians have. Basically we do not exist if we do not have any personal numbers to connect us with today's world. This world of today pretty much has codes and numbers for everything that we use within it.
Could Save Lives!
Looking at one of the uses for these types of devices would be for holding medical history of individual. If for example the person was unable to convey their medical information themselves due to the state they may be in at the time such as having a seizure a chip would be most helpful. I myself have epilepsy and I know that I don't know who or where I am after a seizure and it can take a few hours before I gain my senses back. This would give me a sense of security in knowing that I will be treated accordingly due to the information on my personal medical chip. I won't have the worry of being mistaken for a street junkie which has happened to me before. This device could literally save lives in situations where time is of the essence- the medical team would get immediate access to medical information allowing them to react quickly and treat the patient in a way that is the best and safest for the patient.
No Where to Hide!
On the darker side of this type of technology is that it could be used in bad ways against people. An example would be that assassins, murderers, stalkers etc. would be able to track their victims or targets getting very detailed information about their victims including their where abouts leaving little to no chance of the targets or victims escaping. The good thing in this situation is that it may save innocent lives as the killers will be able to zero right in on their victim or target. This technology will even make it harder for the innocent to be framed this will be good for the innocent but not so good for the criminals.
I guess "RFID's" like most things have their good and bad sides; it is up to us humans to make sure this technology stays out of the wrong hands. This will be a big challenge but we must further technology to come up with a way to protect these type of devices from being used in bad ways. As far as privacy goes I think it is pretty much a thing of the past; our personal data is constantly being collected by devices that we are surrounded by on a day to day level. Even though many of us like to think we are private people the reality is that in today's world privacy is not a part of it. Eventually we will all probably have a personal chip implanted in our bodies which will carry all our data to be able to function in our world of the future. We are moving towards a future where we will all become a number. We must try to be remembered for the good deeds we accomplish in our lives not just being another number but a special and wonderful number that won't be forgotten but will be remembered in a good way not a bad way!
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