måndag 27 maj 2013

Big Brother gets under your skin Ultimate ID badge, transceiver implanted in humans monitored by GPS satellites

Big Brother gets under your skin Ultimate ID badge, transceiver implanted in humans monitored by GPS satellitesBy Julie Foster © 2000 WorldNetDaily.com
New implant technology currently used to  locate lost pets has been adapted for use in humans, allowing implant wearers to emit a homing beacon, have vital bodily functions monitored and confirm identity when making e-commerce transactions.
Applied Digital Solutions, an e-business to business solutions provider, acquired the patent rights to the miniature digital transceiver it has named "Digital Angel®." The company plans to market the device for a number of uses, including as a "tamper-proof means of identification for enhanced e-business security."
Digital Angel® sends and receives data and can  be continuously tracked by global positioning satellite technology. When implanted within a body, the device is powered electromechanically through the movement of  muscles and can be activated either by the "wearer" or by a monitoring facility.
 "We believe its potential for improving  individual and e-business security and enhancing the quality of life for millions of people is virtually limitless," said ADS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sullivan. "Although we're in the early developmental phase, we expect to come forward with applications in many different areas, from medical monitoring to law enforcement. However, in keeping with our core strengths in the e-business to business arena, we plan to focus our initial development efforts on the growing field of e-commerce security and  user ID verification."
Dr. Peter Zhou, chief scientist for development of the implant and president of DigitalAngel.net, Inc, a subsidiary of ADS, told WorldNetDaily the device will send a signal  from the person wearingDigital Angel® to either his computer or the e-merchant with whom he is doing business in order to verify his identity.
 In the future, said Zhou, computers may be programmed not to operate without such user  identification. As previously reported in WND, user verification devices requiring a live  fingerprint scan are already being sold by computer manufacturers. Digital Angel® takes such biometric technology a giant step further by physically joining human and machine.
 But e-commerce is only one field to which Digital Angel® applies. The device's patent describes it as a rescue beacon for kidnapped children and missing persons. According to Zhou, the implant will save money by reducing resources used in rescue operations for athletes, including mountain climbers and skiers.
Law enforcement may employ the implant to keep track of criminals under house arrest, as well as reduce emergency response time by  immediately locating individuals in distress.
 The device also has the ability to monitor the user's heart rate, blood pressure and other vital functions. "Your doctor will know the problem before you do," said Zhou, noting peace of mind is possible for at-risk patients who can rest in the knowledge that help will be on the way should anything go wrong.
 Indeed, peace of mind is Digital Angel®'s main selling point.
"Ideally," the patent states, "the device will bring peace of mind and an increased quality of life for those who use it, and for their families,  loved ones, and associates who depend on them critically."
 Referring to the threat of kidnapping, the patent goes on to say, "Adults who are at risk due to  their economic or political status, as well as their children who may be at risk of being kidnapped, will reap new freedoms in their everyday lives by employing the device."
Digital Angel®'s developer told WND demand for the implant has been tremendous since ADS announced its acquisition of the patent in  December.
"We have received requests daily from around  the world for the product," Zhou said,  mentioning South America, Mexico and Spain as examples.
One inquirer was the U.S. Department of  Defense, through a contractor, according to Zhou. American soldiers may be required to wear the implant so their whereabouts and health conditions can be accessed at all times, said the scientist.
 As of yet, there is no central DigitalAngel.net facility that would do the job of monitoring users -- the task will most likely fall to the entities marketing the device, said Zhou. For  example, if a medical group decides to market Digital Angel® to its patients, that group would set up its own monitoring station to check on its device-users.
Likewise, militaries employing the implant will want to maintain their own monitoring stations  for security purposes.
But for critics, military use of the implant is not at the top of their list of objections to the new technology. ADS has received complaints from Christians and others who believe the implant could be the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
The Book of Revelation states all people will be required to "receive a mark in their right hand, or intheir foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark." (Rev.13:16-17 KJV)
 In an increasingly cashless society where  identity verification is essential for financial  transactions, some Christians view Digital Angel®'s ID and e-commerce applications as a  form of the biblical"mark of the beast."
But Zhou dismisses such objections to the  implant.  "I am a Christian, but I don't think [that argument] makes sense," he told WND. "The purpose of the device is to save your life and improve the quality of life. There's no connection to the Bible. There are different  interpretations of the Bible. My interpretation is, anything to improve the quality of life is from God. The Bible says, 'I am the God of living people.' We not only live, we live well."
Sullivan, responding to religious objections to his product, told WorldNetDaily no one will be forced to wear Digital Angel®.
"We live in a voluntary society," he said. According to the CEO, individuals may choose not to take advantage of the technology.
Zhou alluded to some Christians' objection to medicine per se, adding such opposition wanes  when the life-saving, life-improving benefits of technology are realized.
"A few years ago there may have been  resistance, but not anymore," he continued. "People are getting used to having implants. New century, new trend."
Zhou compared Digital Angel® to pacemakers, which regulate a user's heart rate. Pacemakers  used to be seen as bizarre, said Zhou, but now  they are part of everyday life. Digital Angel® will be received the same way, he added.
Vaccines are another good comparison, said the scientist, who noted, "Both save your life. When vaccines came out, people were against them. But now we don't even think about it."
 Digital Angel®, Zhou believes, could become as  prevalent as a vaccine.
  "Fifty years from now this will be very, very  popular. Fifty years ago the thought of a cell phone, where you could walk around talking on the phone, was unimaginable. Now they are everywhere,"Zhou explained.
Just like the cell phone, Digital Angel® "will be a connection from yourself to the electronic world. It will be your guardian, protector. It will bring good things to you."
 "We will be a hybrid of electronic intelligence and our own soul," Zhou concluded.
 In the process of merging with Destron Fearing  Corp., a manufacturer and marketer of electronic and visual identification devices for  animals, DigitalAngel.net is scheduled to  complete a prototype of the dime-sized implant by year's end. Company executives hope to  make the device affordable for individuals, though no cost projections have been made.
ADS, DigitalAngel.net's parent company,  received a special "Technology Pioneers" award from the World Economic Forum for its  contributions to "worldwide economic development and social progress through technology advancements."
 The World Economic Forum, incorporated in 1971 with headquarters in Geneva, is an independent, not-for-profit organization  "committed to improving the state of the world." WEF is currently preparing for its "China Business Summit" in Beijing next month for the  purpose of forging new economic alliances with the communist nation.
2011-02-13 01:41 

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