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What is the true potential of RFID chips?

Asked by mattbrowne (31600points) May 5th, 2009

From Wikipedia: Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the use of an object applied to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio waves. Some tags can be read from several meters away and beyond the line of sight of the reader. Most RFID tags contain at least two parts. One is an integrated circuit for storing and processing information, modulating and demodulating a radio-frequency (RF) signal, and other specialized functions. The second is an antenna for receiving and transmitting the signal. There are generally two types of RFID tags: active RFID tags, which contain a battery and can transmit signals autonomously, and passive RFID tags, which have no battery and require an external source to provoke signal transmission. Today, RFID is used in enterprise supply chain management to improve the efficiency of inventory tracking and management.

Will eventually all cashiers and almost all grocery store employees lose their job? What are other uses of RFID technology which might change our lives fundamentally? Or do you the the RFID potential is overrated?

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SquirrelEStuff's avatar

I believe they will lead to the complete totalitarian control of all humans and merchandise.

There could be many advantages to RFID technology. If you check out Verichip’s website, you can see a lot of the developments into this product, such as the implantable glucose sensor and now even the biological illness sensor. RFID will also help develop a digital “Health Vault” developed by Microsoft, which will keep the health records of all individuals, which can be read by doctors by using a bluetooth scanner to scan the chip. My theory is that RFID will be mandatory for universal health care.

As I have been saying for many years(just read my posts on fluther alone for the past two years), RFID will also lead us into a cashless society, where all transactions are done through RFID. When our economy collapses completely, but we already have chips for health care, why not implement money into it?

I believe if used properly, RFID can be very beneficial. But with the way things are moving into an age of fear, it would be much more like 1984 than 2009.

WakeUp's avatar

Quotes from David Rockefeller – “This present window of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and interdependent world order might be built, will not be open for too long – We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time
Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended
our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost
forty years.”

“It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world
if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years.
But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a
world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite
and world bankers is surely preferable to the national
auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

jerv's avatar

You really need to read Shadowrun 4th edition, both the Core Rule, and the Unwired supplement if you wnat to know the extent of it.

Long story short, they can make life easier in that you can just walk out of a store with an armload of stuff and not be charged criminally since you will be charged financially (automatic debit from your account) but you will have to kiss any and all forms of anonymity bu-bye since anybody can tell what brand and color of underwear you are wearing (RFIDs in clothing) and what you had for lunch (RFIDs in the food).

Beyond that….. it’s too much typing. You need to read for yourself.

Will post more if I can find it and you are interested in as much detail as you were regarding nuclear power.

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