We are free if we opt out of an endless regime of upgrades. Make the choice today to opt-out. I am not saying don't use and don't exploit the brilliance of mobile telephony, wi-fi, iphones and ipads and the Internet... I am talking about keeping oneself in check. Our feet are on the ground but sometimes we act as if we live in the Clouds. #getreal
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Micro-chip implants for making payments and locking doors are the next frontier, but are the pitfalls worth it?
Amal Graafstra holding a large hypodermic needle - the kind needed to inject an RFID chip into your hand. Photo: Supplied
Most tech-heads like to tinker with the inner workings of iPhones or clapped out VCRs.
But Amal Graafstra is different. For the last 10 years, he's been busy hacking into his own body.
His US company Dangerous Things specialises in manufacturing rice grain-sized computer chips designed to be implanted inside the delicate webbing between the thumb and forefinger.
[Dangerous Things founder Amal Graafstra has an RFID chip implanted in each hand.]
Dangerous Things founder Amal Graafstra has an RFID chip implanted in each hand. Photo: Supplied
"Getting an ear piercing is many times more risky," he says, reassuringly.
The bionic-grade glass chips use radio-frequency identification (RFID) to control electronic objects with the swipe of a hand - from the lock on a front door to a car ignition or a personal computer.
It's the same kind of technology used in pet ID tags; by itself, the chip doesn't do much, but when it comes into close contact with a "reader" device, it will transmit information that can then trigger commands.
[The bionic glass chips are about the size of a grain of rice.]
The bionic glass chips are about the size of a grain of rice. Photo: Supplied
The chips only cost $US99 a pop, and while their core market is a handful of dedicated geeks - including a few in Australia - Graafstra says he's increasingly noticing a new kind of customer.
"What is becoming clear is there are more individuals purchasing the chips who have less knowledge about the technology," he says.
"They're into gadgets and they're geeky but they're not necessarily building their own stuff, so the type of customer is expanding slowly."
[NFC chips are increasingly used for instant payment methods, including via smartphones.]
NFC chips are increasingly used for instant payment methods, including via smartphones. Photo: Visa
RFID chips are becoming more common elsewhere, too.
The most well-known standard of RFID is near-field communication (NFC), increasingly used in instant, digital payment transactions, which facilitate credit card payments in a matter of seconds with a simple tap.
Visa this week announced a partnership with the University of Technology Sydney to develop new wearable technologies.
Alongside the announcement came a sensational figure from its own research, purporting to show that a quarter of Australians were "at least slightly interested" in having an NFC chip implanted in their skin for payments.
Visa and UTS have since clarified they were not actively developing implant technologies themselves, but the alarm bells are already ringing.
Social futurist Mal Fletcher, who heads up the London-based think tank 2020 Plus, responded with an Op Ed warning of the potential pitfalls of "subcutaneous spending devices".
These included bodily hacking; mass surveillance from commercial parties collecting our personal data; rising instances of "digital debt" thanks to the abolition of physical money and its tangible value associations; links between implants and cancer; and even the potential to cause early-onset dementia.
Fletcher insists he's not an alarmist - just cautious.
"We have to look at not just where technology is now but the principle behind it," he says.
"I'm not trying to make payments companies into the bogyman," he says. But he points out that it is in their interests to lead the push towards a cashless society, where ease of transactions and detachment from money encourage impulse spending - and everyone's spending habits are dutifully logged.
Graafstra counters that chip implants are not too far removed from where we are today, where day-to-day living depends on the binary transactions of bank cards, swipe cards and serial numbers - all traceable back to our ID.
"We're already in a position where we have no real control over our digital assets," he says.
At least chip implants can eliminate the stress of being mugged - or can they?
The threat of hacking RFID chips is real, says Linus Information Security Solutions director Mike Thompson, and the upsides may not be worth it.
The assumption that NFC chips can only be read at very short distances is misplaced, he says, citing "plenty of examples" where people have accessed them over distances of several metres using specialised antennas.
These security flaws can be mitigated with the addition of passcodes or PINs - which can be added to smartphones or wearables, but not to the palm of your hand (yet).
An aluminium shield also works; for instance, a special aluminium wallet to protect your NFC-enabled credit card from would-be hackers.
Thompson is sceptical of the advantages of embedding chips into one's body over, say, clothing or other wearable devices.
"Is opening a door automatically when you are naked that important?"
See proceedings here: http://sites.ieee.org/istas-2013/
Also see the IEEE web site that Alexander Hayes has upgraded from the older veillance.me website.
Thanks KP and KMA
Tulevaisuudessa käteen voi syöttää vaikkapa bussikortin, passin, ajokortin, avaimet ja luottokortin.
Myymälä 2015 -tapahtumassa on luvassa huomenna historian havinaa, kun Bittiraha.fi:n toimitusjohtaja Henry Brade lähettää matkapuhelimella rahaa Digital Health Solutionsintoimitusjohtajan Pekko Vehviläisen käteen. Kyseessä on ensimmäinen kerta maailmassa, kun ihmisessä olevaan mikrosiruun siirretään rahaa.
Vehviläisen käteen joulukuussa asennettuun mikrosiruun on tallennettu hänen bitcoin-lompakkonsa tiedot.
Maksuteknologia perustuu BitPay-yrityksen teknologiaan ja palveluun, jota Suomessa edustaa Bitcoinkaupat.com. Maksamiseen soveltuvan teknologian toimittaa Bittiraha.fi.
Mihin käsirahaa ja käsisiruja sitten tarvitaan?
Vehviläinen muistuttaa, että lemmikeillä on ollut tunnistesiruja ihon alla jo parikymmentä vuotta.
”Tämä on muistisiru, johon voi kirjoittaa tai lähettää dataa, kuten tässä tapauksessa nfc-teknologialla. Tulevaisuudessa käteen voi periaatteessa syöttää vaikkapa bussikortin, passin, ajokortin, avaimet ja vaikka luottokortin”, hän visioi.
”Sirun käyttö yleistynee vasta kymmenen vuoden kuluttua, mutta olisi todella mielenkiintoista testata sirua jo nyt esimerkiksi juuri bussiliikenteessä.”
Vehviläinen muistuttaa, että kyse on myös turvallisuudesta: biohakkerointi yleistyy ja toisaalta kädessä oleva virtuaalilompakko kulkee aina mukana. Siitä ei käyttäjän huomaamatta voi viedä rahaa tai tietoja.
Vielä Vehviläinen ei voi käyttää kättään maksamiseen, mutta sirulle voi jo lähettää rahaa ja sitä voi käyttää netin kautta.
”Yhdysvalloissa Dangerous Thingsin perustaja säilöö sirussa kotiavaimiaan ja avaa kädellään myös tietokoneen. Noin tuhannella ihmisellä on tiettävästi siruja, ja valtaosa heistä käyttää sitä esimerkiksi juuri avaimina”, Vehviläinen kertoo.
”Muu käyttö on lähinnä jonkun sovelluksen avaamista matkapuhelimessa. Kun kosketat kättä, haluttu sovellus matkapuhelimessa aukeaa. Näin voi helposti esimerkiksi soittaa tiettyyn numeroon. Kun autossa koskettaa telineessä olevaa matkapuhelinta, soitto käynnistyy ja puhut suoraan hands-freehen.”
Siru on noin 12 millimetriä pitkä, kaksi millimetriä paksu ja se maksaa noin sata dollaria.
”Asennus tuntui pieneltä nipistykseltä eikä siru ole haitannut mitenkään edes kamppailulajien harrastusta”, Vehviläinen kertoo.
ENGLISH translated version using Google translate:
In the future, the hand can enter, say, a bus card, passport, driving license, keys and credit card.
Shop 2015 event will be like tomorrow of history, when Bittiraha.fi:n CEO Henry Brade to send money to a mobile phone Digital Healthcare Solutions' CEO Pekko Vehviläinen hand. This is the first time in the world, the man the money is transferred to the microchip.
Vehviläinen hand in December installed on the microchip is stored in his bitcoin-wallet information.
Payment technology is based on BitPay company in technology and service, which is represented in Finland Bitcoinkaupat.com. The payment of appropriate technology to provide Bittiraha.fi.
What is a down payment and then hand the chips are needed?
Vehviläinen points out that pets have been identified chips under the skin for twenty years.
"This is a memory chip, which you can write or send data, such as in this case, the NFC technology. In the future, the hand can, in principle, to enter, say, a bus card, passport, driving license, keys, and even if the credit card, "he says.
"The use of the chip set to spread only after ten years, but it would be really interesting to test the chip already, for example, just a bus in traffic."
Vehviläinen points out that it is also about safety: Biohacking widespread and on the other hand, the virtual wallet is always with you. It is not the user noticing can take money or information.
Vehviläinen still can not be used for payment of his hand, but the chip may send money already and can be used via the internet.
"Dangerous Things in the United States the founder of storing chip kotiavaimiaan and opens his hand to the computer. Around a thousand people have reportedly chips, and the majority of them use it, for example, just as the keys ", she says.
"Any other use is essentially any application for opening mobile phone. When you touch the hand, the desired application from the mobile phone is opened. Thus, for example, can easily call a specific number. When the car touches the rack of the mobile phone, the call will start and you're talking directly to the hands-freehen. "
The chip is about 12 mm long, two millimeters thick, and it costs about a hundred dollars.
"The installation seemed small and pinches the chip is not hindered in any way, even martial arts hobby", she says.
“From the privacy perspective, we are of course pleased to see Google drop this product,” Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, wrote in an email. “And it is a very big deal when Google backs down, particularly after its big push.”
He continued: “But it is also speaks to a larger issue in tech design about privacy. Eyeglass-mounted web display and phone for those who wanted it? Not really a problem. Surveillance and recording of those around the user? Yeah, that’s a problem.”
"The technology titan is putting brakes on an "explorer" program that let people interested in dabbling with Glass buy eyewear for $1,500 apiece.
"Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk," the team said of its "explorer" clients in a post on the Google+ social network.
"Well, we still have some work to do, but now we're ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run."
The last day to buy Glass as part of the Explorer program will be Monday and Google did not indicate when a general consumer version of the eyewear might debut.
"Google Glass hasn't truly been released as a product yet -- it's been in long-term beta for over two years," said Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder.
"This organizational move will help to clarify the go to market strategy for both consumer and for enterprise customers."
The Glass test, or beta, program was later expanded to Britain.
During the Explorer testing phase, developers are creating apps for Google Glass, which can range from getting weather reports to sharing videos to playing games.
Glass connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi hot spots or, more typically, by being wirelessly tethered to mobile phones. Pictures or video may be shared through the Google+ social network.
- Outgrown the lab -
"As we look to the road ahead, we realize that we've outgrown the lab and so we're officially graduating from Google X to be our own team," the Glass post said.
"We're thrilled to be moving even more from concept to reality."
Instead of being part of the Google X lab working on innovations such as self-driving cars, the Glass team will become a separate unit answering to Tony Fadell, co-founder of Nest.
Google bought the smart thermostat maker early last year in a multi-billion-dollar deal and brought the former Apple executive on board in the process.
Google has announced alliances with the frame giant behind Ray-Ban and other high-end brands to create and sell Glass eyewear in the United States.
A partnership with Luxottica was portrayed as Google's "biggest step yet into the emerging smart eyewear market."
Luxottica brands include Oakley, Alain Mikli, Ray-Ban and Vogue-Eyewear.
The first smart glasses by Luxottica for Google Glass will go on sale this year, the Italian eyewear group has forecast.
Google has been working to burnish the image of Glass, which has triggered concerns about privacy since the devices are capable of capturing pictures and video.
Forrester data shows that while 43 percent of consumers are interested in Glass, even more have worries about privacy problems caused by the eyewear.
"Google needs to construct a consumer image for the product, and deal with privacy concerns if they want it to be mass market," Gownder said.
What an impressive suite of services BMW drivers can enjoy with their new car! Imagine the data being collected by private car companies today and wait till the IOT makes all of this data collection standardised through related ITS policies. BMW's suite of apps include:
1. BMW ConnectedDrive basic features
a. ConnectedDrive Services (SA6AK)
b. Intelligent Emergency Call (SA6AC)
c. BMW TeleServices (SA6AE)
2. Real Time Traffic Information (SA6AM)
3. Remote Services (SA6AP)
4. Concierge Services (SA6AN)
5. Internet (SA6AR)
6. Online Entertainment (SA6FV)
Thanks for the link KMA.
An article from the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation. Definitely worth a look if you feel you are addicted to your device.
Full citation is: Hyunna Kim* (2013), "Exercise rehabilitation for smartphone addiction", J Exerc Rehabil. Dec, 9(6): pp. 500–505. Published online Dec 31, doi: 10.12965/jer.130080 PMCID: PMC3884868
"Internet addiction after launching smartphone is becoming serious. Therefore this paper has attempted to sketch out the diverse addiction treatment and then check the feasibility of exercise rehabilitation. The reason to addict the internet or smartphone is personalized individual characters related personal psychological and emotional factors and social environmental factors around them. We have shown that 2 discernible approaches due to 2 different addiction causes: that is behavioral treatment and complementary treatment. In the behavioral treatment, cognitive behavioral approach (CBT) is representative methods for changing additive thoughts and behaviors. Motivational interviewing (MI) is also the brief approach for persons not ready to change their behavior. Mindfulness behavioral cognitive treatment (MBCT) also the adapted treatment based on CBT. There are different types following the emphatic point, mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) or mindfulness oriented recovery enhancement (MORE). It is apparent that therapeutic recreation, music therapy using drumming activity, and art therapy are useful complementary treatment. Exercise rehabilitation contained the systematic procedures and comprehensive activities compared to previous addiction treatments by contents and techniques. Exercise rehabilitation can treat both physical symptoms at first and mental problems in the next step. So more evidence-based exercise rehabilitation researches need to do, but it is highly probable that exercise rehab can apply for smartphone addiction.
Keywords: Smartphone addiction, Exercise rehabilitation, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Complementary treatment"
Now worth comparing the claims made by Michael and Michael in their research about a new 'breed' of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) that will need to be defined with respect to new emerging technologies acting as triggers toward these behaviours. See for instance this media article in the Illawarra Mercury summarising the concerns.
Thanks for the link KMA.
"Ladies and gents, put down your technology and have more sex.
That's the advice from a team of scientists who found people are becoming so enveloped by their phone and tablets that their love lives are being put on the back burner.
So if you are one of those reading this on your smartphone in bed, a glance across the sheets is likely to reveal your partner is engrossed in theirs too.
The researchers discovered 70 per cent of women said smartphones were interfering in their romantic relationship.
The study said technology and the screens that consume us are creating 'technoference' in couples."
Compare to declining birth rate in Japan in this article here. Could there be a link?
"Various reasons have been cited for the population decline, including:
The rising cost of childbirth and child-raising
The increasing number of women in the workforce
The later average age of marriage
The increasing number of unmarried people
Changes in the housing environment and in social customs."