Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Humans will be implanted with microchips...?

First we had surveillance, then we had sousveillance - now we have 'uberveillance'. This new 'trend', it seems, refers to surveillance from within - and all around:

All Australians could be implanted with microchips for tracking and identification within the next two or three generations, a prominent academic says.

Michael G Michael from the University of Wollongong's School of Information Systems and Technology, has coined the term "uberveillance" to describe the emerging trend of all-encompassing surveillance.

"Uberveillance is not on the outside looking down, but on the inside looking out through a microchip that is embedded in our bodies," Dr Michael told ninemsn...

...But Dr Michael said the technology behind uberveillance would eventually lead to a black box small enough to fit on a tiny microchip and implanted in our bodies.

This could also allow someone to be located in an emergency or for the identification of corpses after a large scale disaster or terrorist attack.

Will it ever come to this - and should we be concerned now rather than later?

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