Bring on the Cyborgs

9:30 AM -- Apologies for blogging something relevant to our industry, but this story from today's Financial Times made our short-hairs rise:

    An Ohio company has embedded silicon chips in two of its employees - the first known case in which US workers have been “tagged” electronically as a way of identifying them.

    CityWatcher.com, a private video surveillance company, said it was testing the technology as a way of controlling access to a room where it holds security video footage for government agencies and the police...

    “There’s nothing pulsing or sending out a signal,” said
    [company CEO Sean] Darks, who has had a chip in his own arm. “It’s not a GPS chip. My wife can’t tell where I am.”
Thanks for the reassurance, Mr. Darks, but your marital difficulties are your own bidness.

As for the rest of us... Does anyone else find this nightmarish? Or are you too anesthetized for nightmares?

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:06:25 AM
re: Bring on the Cyborgs
I can see the case of such devices as a way of increasing security at places like the NIH, where they keep and experiment on deadly viruses.

In my business, I would not accept such an implant.

As to the GPS chips, I am wondering if these are similar to those used to track lost pets. I can imagine using these on Alzheimer patients (who can wander off at odd times). Might also be interesting for those under house arrest (especially if they can be removed after the end of the sentence) instead of the anklets.

Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 4:06:24 AM
re: Bring on the Cyborgs The act of employing invasive measures to ostensibly secure classified documents and materials is unnecessary in every way.

The promoters are leaping beyond perfectly good biometric measures for what? To reduce the cost to secure this stuff?

Mark this one down as number 12 on the top 100 Really Bad Ideas list.

You guys need to implement a new LightReading award: the Paul Kruggman "Lump of Coal" award.

Any nominations for the first recipient?

I also really like this camel concept. I think the whole Philter thing is getting old. So talk to Scott and have him order Phil to adopt the persona of a Camel. Otherwise he can just find another place to work!! :-)

P.S. What do you think one hump or two?
telco1158 12/5/2012 | 4:06:24 AM
re: Bring on the Cyborgs "The implanting of chips or the rampant amount of kidnapping that goes on down there?"

Both. Implanting chips isn't going to stop the kidnappings, or make it easier to recover (the bodies).

"Otherwise, what's to stop the bad guys from cutting out the chip or just killing the captive anyway?"


That's why, I don't think implanted chips are the best alternative to either securing sensitive data, or to stop kidnappings. To secure access to data, what benefit does implanting a chip do that having an access badge, or if security is that sensitive, a biometric identifier does not provide?
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 4:06:23 AM
re: Bring on the Cyborgs Don't you understand that being accurately located is one of mankind's most basic needs?
chips_ahoy 12/5/2012 | 4:06:23 AM
re: Bring on the Cyborgs what happens when the bushees start requisitioning locational data just like they're hitting up the search engine companies to look at our search habits?

i think this is pretty damn scary.
falsecut 12/5/2012 | 4:06:22 AM
re: Bring on the Cyborgs Yes, that was on Maslow's chart, along with all the other security needs. Like Security of Employment or Security of Resources. Although he never mentioned implanted chips.
blackdiamond 12/5/2012 | 4:06:22 AM
re: Bring on the Cyborgs Any true liberal will tell you that government is the solution to all your problems and that matters of school choice, opting out of the pyramid scam of social security and all forms of entitlement spending decisions should be left to those people who know better.....

blackdiamond 12/5/2012 | 4:06:22 AM
re: Bring on the Cyborgs It's not limited to the current administration as the nineties saw abuses of power on the FBI and IRS end and really it goes back further than that. There are two competing sets of interests here, prevention of destructive acts towards our citizens and infringement upoon individual freedoms. Which side do you err on? Is it right to hold leaders accountable when they are asked to fight with one or even two hands tied behind their backs? Or, do we submit to oversight that is sold as safety and prevention but turns into something else?

No simple answer.

blackdiamond 12/5/2012 | 4:06:22 AM
re: Bring on the Cyborgs I agree that biometric is a far better way to go than ID chips unless if you watch too much television you can see ways around that problem!
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 4:06:22 AM
re: Bring on the Cyborgs You're right. There are no simple answers, as any true liberal will tell you. Still, I'd err on the side of not implanting electronic chips in people.
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