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Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids 108

Velcroman1 writes "Scientists tag animals to monitor their behavior and keep track of endangered species. Now some are asking whether all of mankind should be tagged too. Looking for a loved one? Just Google his microchip. Taiwanese researchers postulate that the tags could help save lives in the aftermath of a major earthquake. And IBM advocated chips for humans in a speech earlier this week. The ACLU disagrees. 'Many people find the idea creepy,' spokesman Jay Stanley told"
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Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids

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  • Mark of the beast (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 14, 2010 @11:12PM (#32216630)

    Too close to some of the stuff at the back of the Bible. There will be protests.

  • IBM? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by turbotroll ( 1378271 ) on Friday May 14, 2010 @11:23PM (#32216708)

    IBM had no problems assisting a mass murder [], so their endorsement of a proposal to tag human beings like cattle is highly surprising.

    Business on demand, indeed!

    Full disclosure: Yes, I am a disgruntled former employee.

  • Re:Mark of the beast (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Wyatt Earp ( 1029 ) on Friday May 14, 2010 @11:35PM (#32216790)

    Mark of the beast only applies to tattoos or imbedded devices.

    I know Jews can't get tattoos if they want to be buried in a Jewish funeral or cemetery, what's the stance on imbedded devices?

  • Re:Mark of the beast (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MichaelSmith ( 789609 ) on Saturday May 15, 2010 @12:23AM (#32217058) Homepage Journal

    I know Jews can't get tattoos if they want to be buried in a Jewish funeral or cemetery

    I don't want to Godwin the thread but there must be one exception to that rule.

  • by kanweg ( 771128 ) on Saturday May 15, 2010 @12:29AM (#32217112)

    The phone could start ringing at regular intervals after being turned on by a tower/portable device, so rescue workers could hear them.
    Perhaps the phone could detect the earthquake itself.


  • by whitis ( 310873 ) on Saturday May 15, 2010 @12:32AM (#32217136) Homepage

    The continuous wearing/implanting of RFID tags has extreme privacy issues and enormous ability for abuse. But most of us are already tagged and trackable, and many don't realize it (see below).

    To be fair, I did suggest something similar back during Hurricane Katrina, though with some level of privacy controls. Boat comes up and rescues you, dead or alive. You are given a numbered wristband with RFID/barcode. You are given a chance to enter, or not enter, identifying information and select which info is searchable and which is viewable. GPS based point of rescue information is recorded. The boat relays that information up to the next helicopter that flys over via a ad-hoc store and forward WiFi network or any other stationary or mobile access point in range. When you reach a shelter, hospital, etc. you are scanned in. When you leave to go on a bus/train, you are scanned out of the shelter and onto the bus/train. You are basically tracked like a package for as long as you want to be and friends and family inside or outside the disaster zone with the right information to search by can find out where you are. Rescue/shelter/hospital personnel can spend more time helping people and less time trying to locate missing persons. Less load on cell phone networks. If you have a stalker or outstanding warrants, you don't give any identifying info. Still lots of subtle issues with privacy and technical implementation.

    Today, you might just do a mobile update of your facebook status; facebook being a whole different set of privacy issues, and use direction finders on cell phones.

    And we are already tagged and trackable via our cell phones (hackers can access GSM network location and ID info). And many of the RFID attacks can be applied to any active cell phone, only worse. SIM number, bluetooth/WiFi/WiMaX MAC addresses. A cell phone is an RFID chip from hell with a long range and even a preexisting network which can be exploited to further extend the range to the entire world. At least you can yank the battery when you really need to disappear.

  • Re:Dear ACLU (Score:4, Interesting)

    by nido ( 102070 ) <{moc.oohay} {ta} {65odin}> on Saturday May 15, 2010 @01:53AM (#32217550) Homepage

    creepy is just a way of saying your gut tells you somethings wrong. My gut keeps me out of a lot of bad situations. It's a good enough reason for me. My gut tells me I don't want to be implanted with something that can track me like an animal.

    Our guts don't get nearly the credit they're due. Old medical literature talked about the body having three distinct nervous systems: brain/central nervous system, the heart, and the abdominal brain. How could paraplegics digest food if the digestive organs didn't have their own control system?

    And the abdomen is, of course, the seat of intuition in the body. There's much more to 'gut feelings' than we commonly appreciate.

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