I was going to throw away a bunch of newspapers we collected the other day, when a headline caught my eye :
8 People to receive tiny chips under skin.
I read the article (from May 10,2002) and it said Applied Digital Solutions Inc. has developed a small rice sized chip (the VeriChip) that can be planted under your skin, making the people scannable, much like a supermarket grocery item (to quote the paper)
Apparently right now it is being used for people with Alzheimers and other mental illness. If someone with this chip would wonder away, when authorities or medical professionals found them, they could "scan' the person to find out allergies, their address, if they have any diseases ect.
It did say that soon Applied Digital will have a chip that will be able to receive signals from Global Positioning System satellites and transmit a person's location.
To me, this is a very frightening thing. I shudder to think of how this will be abused and used in the future.
What do you all think of it?