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Futuristic medical/money means
Would you get an implanted chip holding medical/financial info
katieray




msg:3004198
 3:45 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

I’m waiting for the little chips that get put into our wrist, then our paychecks could be direct deposited and we could pay for everything with just a pass over of our wrist… just imagine getting a coke out of a vending machine with a pass of the wrist and the money coming right out of your account….would the ease of shopping be worth it? Oh and imagine if we can put our medical history on the chip, then we could go to any doctor and not have to recall our medical history because we could just pass our wrist over a “decoder” and the doctor would have all the information they needed…would that be worth it? Would you let them put the chip in your arm? When do the benefits outweigh the potential abuse?

 

Nybo




msg:3004212
 3:53 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

My medical story is already in my wrist. :) Or any other part of my body. I don't need any chip for that.

briggidere




msg:3004218
 3:55 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

i cannot see the benefits of that ever outweighing the downfalls.
what else could/would they do with it. track you as you travel round giving you automatic speeding fines for beraking the speed limit cause they'd know how fast you got from point a-b.....

what about forged and hacked chips, suddenly you are a millionaire and can go out and buy anything you want. sounds good, but what if you were the stolen identity etc...

i do not like it at all.

spander




msg:3004221
 3:57 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

I’m waiting for the little chips that get put into our wrist, then our paychecks could be direct deposited and we could pay for everything with just a pass over of our wrist…

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: 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. Revelation 13:16,17

katieray




msg:3004225
 3:59 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Technology, the beginning of the end....

LifeinAsia




msg:3004232
 4:01 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Now all the muggers will go around with portable chip readers to extract the money from your chip instead of stealing your wallet.

Syzygy




msg:3004376
 5:26 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

...or remove the body part!

ronin




msg:3004453
 6:13 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

just imagine getting a coke out of a vending machine with a pass of the wrist

Right. Because inserting a coin into the slot is such a pain in the neck, isn't it?

And when your chip malfunctions, instead of having to go through the hassle of having to look in your wallet to find another coin, all you'd need to do is head off to your nearest cyber-clinic to check what's wrong!

katieray




msg:3004470
 6:25 pm on Jul 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Open the pod bay doors, Hal.

john_k




msg:3009094
 9:02 am on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

In answer to the actual question/comments about carrying an embedded chip with my medical or financial information? It would probably make sense for people at high risk that travel. Other than that, I agree that it sounds like a ripe ground for all kinds of problems.

But Wow - based on a lot of comments so far, you guys are really going to hate the Singularity (or anything approaching it).

Here's just one aspect of things to consider:
When technology allows people to wire-in to external resources, you will obviously have a choice to do it or not. But those that choose not to will find themselves left in the dust of an emerging new species. Parents will have their kids wired before school age. If some kids do it, then pretty soon every parent is going to feel compelled to do so also. Eventually they may get wired at birth, or even in the womb.

Their brains will develop from the begining with a vastly different way of solving problems. They will not have to be smart to know what the 100th digit of pi is. Without batting an eye, they will know all of the casualty figures for all wars ever fought. Without thinking it is at all odd, they will know who the county commissioner was 147 years ago when that ugly statute was erected.

Granted that this is quite a stretch from carrying a chip. But if it becomes possible to do this, then it is inevitable that people will do it. All of the great debates about right/wrong, we shouldn't rush in, we're playing God, none of them will mean a thing. People do things like this whenever they believe it gives them an advantage, frees up time, or otherwise makes their life better.

Vernor Vinge's original talk on the "Singularity"
[mindstalk.net...]

Description of the Singularity
[singinst.org...]

(Sorry for the long walk down future lane, but it is your fault for posting this just before I have to stay awake all night as puke monitor for a sick wife and three sick kids)

internetheaven




msg:3009323
 12:11 pm on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Now all the muggers will go around with portable chip readers to extract the money from your chip instead of stealing your wallet.

Shhhhhh! Don't tip our hand ... ;)

This is one thing I've never understood. Why the facination with "implanting" the chip? What's wrong with chip in credit cards? That's like predicting that we will all have our shoes nailed to our feet in the future so that we don't forget to take them with us ...

jecasc




msg:3009340
 1:00 pm on Jul 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

I even do not use credit or debit cards to pay. Normally I go to the cash machine and get some cash before I go shopping. Even if I have to make a detour.

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