One of the comments in the article says "first it's cool, then it's convenient, then it becomes legally required. Then you're a bad parent if you don't put it on your children, and finally, your kids can't go to school without it."
A Swedish company is now implanting their employees with a microchip that functions as a swipe card to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.
We knew it was coming, but are we going to sit back and allow this as we have with all of the prior invasions of privacy that we casually shrugged off, accepted, and now have to deal with? It will be sold to us as convenience and "Cool Tech". "Early Adapters" will preach "I gotta have it, dude!". Nobody will read the entire 868 page "User Agreement", and then the corporations will jump in, reading your personal data and whereabouts with chip readers in sidewalks, in store aisles, in traffic sensors, on drones, and on airlines. Cops will read your RFID chip and write updated violation and criminal information back into it. Your boss will be able to see if you are having any sexual relations with coworkers, the bartender will not only know your favorite drink, but just like the police officer, will know how many you have consumed based on the chip's recently developed alcohol concentration subroutine. And of course, you won't be able to start your brand new BMW without one, board an airline, or make any credit purchases. On-board memory capacity will not be an issue, as virtually every interaction, location, physical health status, and who knows what else will be uploaded in realtime to "The Cloud". The infrastructure to support it is already in place.
Some of us know exactly where this will go.
This will make the smart phone look like a sticky note or an abacus.
I am curious about your opinion. Are you a person that really thinks this is cool? Do you believe it will be the next big beneficial leap in technology? Or do you believe that it will be the final nail in the coffin of privacy?