One Small Step for Hand

Of all the fears associated with the technological advancements of the computer age — and there are many — the most long-standing and pervasive is, arguably, humans being tagged and monitored in some fashion, often either by bar codes or microchips. And it’s not an entirely unfounded fear; outfitting pet animals with chips has become standard procedure for identity purposes, and has generally met with great success. Small, low-frequency RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) tags are encoded with information about the subject and are subsequently embedded in them, rendering their details available to anybody within arm’s reach — who happens to have an RFID reader. Even with basic knowledge about the technology, it’s quite easy to imagine the potentially frightening implementations of it. Needless to say, convincing humans that an RFID implant is right for them can be a hard sell; even ostensibly useful applications of the technology, such as Spanish clubs offering their VIP customers the option of receiving an implant that acts as a debit card — so as to avoid carrying a wallet or purse — can be revealed for their sinister capabilities.
One Small Step For Hand [The Present Tense – BME/News]