RFID - Pros and Cons
RFID - Pros
The technology used in RFID has been around since the early 1920s. Similar technology, such as the IFF transponder invented by the United Kingdom in 1939, was routinely used by the allies in World War II to identify aircraft as friend or foe.
Transponders are still used by the military and commercial aircraft to this day.
RFID tags come in three general varieties:- passive, active, or semi-passive (also known as battery-assisted). Passive tags require no internal power source, thus being pure passive devices (they are only active when a reader is nearby to power them), whereas semi-passive and active tags require a power source, usually a small battery.
There are three different kinds of RFID tags based on their attachment with identified objects, attachable, implantable and insertion tags . In addition to these conventional RFID tags, Eastman Kodak Company has filed two patent applications for monitoring ingestion of medicine based on a digestible RFID tag.
RFID tags have various use:
- Transport payment detectors
- Product tracking
- Animal tracking
- Inventory control
- Human implant
Ready For Your Implant?
RFID implants, like it or not, seems to be more of a reality with each passing day. Child abductions and key political kidnappings top the list of reasons politicians site as justification for these implants.
There's also talk about tracking prison inmates and parolees; implants are an efficient means of tracking their whereabouts.
Casinos already have face and eye recognition software that scans all traffic for people who were black listed. The only place it's illegal to have cameras is in the restrooms - at this point anyway.
Lets look at some of the reasons there is resistance to implanting RFID devices in humans.
RFID - Cons
One problem that exists is RFID standardization.
The frequencies used for RFID in the USA are currently incompatible with those of Europe or Japan. Furthermore, no emerging standard has yet become as universal as the bar-code.
Another concern surrounding the RFID technology is the illicit tracking. Tags which are world-readable pose a risk to both personal location privacy and corporate/military security.
Here's further concerns to think about:
Privacy - concerns about traceability, spending habits, financial information, medical data, how many sodas you drink - the possibilities are endless.
Population Tracking - where you vacation, how long you sleep, shopping habits, no secret getaways
Biblical Prophecy - mark of the beast, 666, eternal damnation, A passage in Revelation describes a vision in which "a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image."
Complications Involving Human Implants
The U.S. FDA approved the first RFID chips implanted into humans in October, 2004. The FDA warns of the following potential complications from implanting RFID chips into humans:
Adverse tissue reaction
Migration of the implanted transponder
Failure of implanted transponder
Possible incompatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Now that you have both sides of the story, what do you think?
Even thought we're in the early stages of RFID tagging, you have to wonder what the long term implications will be. The initial objective for using RFID chips seems to focus around manufacturing, supply chain management.
We are in the midst of a technological tidal wave, one that has made life more exciting and more convenient in many ways. But, power and corruption always seem to enter the equation and this is what we must fear.
Many people already benefit from life saving medical implants and some of the initial reasons for using RFID chips seem valid, but we still must be a little skeptical when it comes to evil motives...what do you think?