No more keys or cards? Technology goes under the skin

February 15, 2016 by Anne Rahilly, University of Melbourne
No more keys or cards? Technology goes under the skin

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are investigating the growth in a new type of technology, inserted under the skin, and set to revolutionise the way we gain access to our homes, our bank accounts and use public transport.

PhD researcher Kayla J. Heffernan from the University's Department of Computing and Information Systems says these 'insertable technologies' are no longer part of .

"Digital devices have become more powerful and are now small enough to be inserted into the human body," Miss Heffernan said. Since 1998, people have been using insertable technology, similar to a pet microchip, to turn on lights, open doors and access computers." These inserted microchips are passive, meaning they only give off a signal when they are at close range to a home scanning point."

"While there are still many issues to discuss around this new technology, the devices can offer great convenience. An insertable reflects an individual's personal choice that can allow us to open secure entrances, access our accounts without referring to passwords, grant us access to our work places and in future even take us home on a train," she said.

At present, there would be no legislation that prevents the use of insertable technologies except for the need to show you are over 18 years of age. Project supervisor, Professor Frank Vetere, says while increasing accessibility and convenience, insertable technologies also raise many social, ethical and technical challenges.

"What limits should be placed on insertable sensors? How do we interface with technology inside our bodies?" he said. "There is a small but growing group of people who are choosing to augment their human senses by voluntarily (and covertly) inserting devices inside their bodies. This research will help us to understand why people are doing this and the implications for human- interactions."

Miss Heffernan will continue to monitor the uptake and uses of such devices to follow the trends but is clear to reassure the public that the devices are not for tracking but for convenience and access.

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not rated yet Feb 15, 2016
Should build in a safeguard that the only keep working if the person is alive. Otherwise we'll have the nightmare scenario of people getting limbs chopped off to steal their personal passwords/data/bitcoins/whatever you want to keep on you forever.
not rated yet Feb 15, 2016
"Miss Heffernan will continue to monitor the uptake and uses of such devices to follow the trends but is clear to reassure the public that the devices are not for tracking but for convenience and access."

Oh that is rich!!!! The governments of the world would never think of misusing this technology.
not rated yet Feb 15, 2016
When I was a child people were coming to the US with Nazi tattoo concentration camp numbers on their arms. Oh this is so much more efficient and as a bonus can be read from a distance without rolling up your sleeve.
not rated yet Feb 15, 2016
Yea I just love this device. I can see all of the just indoctrinated but yet still totally ignorant college graduates standing in line to get these implants because they will get a 10% reduction in their student loan payments and possibly qualify for a free I-Phone.
not rated yet Feb 15, 2016
Of course, there is the overarching problem of cancers becoming far more common in anyone or any animal that is implanted with such technology.

Nevermind the big brother aspect that says that this should banished to the furthest hell imaginable.

When we add in the connectivity to the CNS of the given person, we start that footrace into making fully blown human automatons.

It starts small. It always stats small. Something innocent seeming, something that is posed as a benefit, not a detraction.

A line that should not be crossed, crossed for the sake of looking cool, feeling 'modern'. Such bullshit.
rocky j squirrel
not rated yet Feb 20, 2016

Technology enables prophecy: REV 13: 16,17
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

"17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

This concerning the Beast or Devil's action in the last days. The 666 (mark of the beast) is probably not the personal identification number at the end of verse 17.

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