Friday, May 15, 2009

This is creepy!

From Germany comes news of a very odd-sounding patent application.

A Saudi Arabian inventor has filed for a patent on a potentially lethal science fiction-style human tracking microchip, the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) told The Local on Friday.

But the macabre innovation that enables remote killing will likely be denied copyright protection.

“While the application is still pending further paperwork on his part, the invention will probably be found to violate paragraph two of the German Patent Law – which does not allow inventions that transgress public order or good morals,” spokeswoman Stephanie Krüger told The Local from Munich.

The patent application – entitled “Implantation of electronic chips in the human body for the purposes of determining its geographical location” – was filed on October 30, 2007, but was only published until last week, or 18 months after submission as required by German law, she said.

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The tiny electronic device, dubbed the “Killer Chip” by Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger, would be suited for tracking fugitives from justice, terrorists, illegal immigrants, criminals, political opponents, defectors, domestic help, and Saudi Arabians who don’t return home from pilgrimages.

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After subcutaneous implantation, the chip would send out encrypted radio waves that would be tracked by satellites to confirm the person’s identity and whereabouts. An alternate model chip could reportedly release a poison into the carrier if he or she became a security risk.

There's more at the link. Bold print is my emphasis.

If that doesn't send shivers down your spine, what will? The worst of it is, I can think of a number of governments around the world who'd likely find this very useful. They'd appreciate a Big Brother who can not only snoop on you, but terminate you at will.

Creepy, indeed! I hope and pray no-one develops the concept into something practical . . . but I wouldn't take any bets on that, in this day and age.


1 comment:

raven said...

Look at the trends. Peter, every time you post on a new amazing military device, my very first though is how soon will it be turned on citizens. Without fail, the most savage attacks and acts of genocide throughout all history have been launched by governments against thier own peoples. This killer chip is something that any despot would have wet dreams about.
We are now tracked and watched so completely it is difficult to go anywhere or do anything without being on camera. The Census is using GPS to locate every home in the country. Easy enough to use a drone to place a missile in the living room of any home of suspected subversives. The very last method of un-traced travel, the private automobile, is being erased, via car GPS units and speed control tracking. Photo recognition software is being used more and more. This is just brushing the surface of the ways we are tracked- theose easy-pass highwat tolls? simple to track your travels.
It goes on and on and on- the powers that be have no real reason to fear an armed citizenry- they could eliminate us all with the info they possess. They know who we are, what we think, where we are ,what we own,what organizations we belong too, how much money we have, what we eat, what we read.....etc.
None of this stuff, taken individually, is a huge deal- in the collective, we are unable to communicate or travel without being able to be traced , tracked and terminated.
Big brother is HERE,NOW. It will only get worse from here on.