Cant get your eyes off of me!

For several reasons, I cant say too much about something that happened at work yesterday, but fine, after that, seeing this headline this morning, amused me totally.

In truth, the main thing that surprised me about this, was the location of the workplace, given that Scandinavia is supposedly one of the more laid back areas of the world, as a whole. If it had been the Far East, especially Japan, now that wouldnt have surprised me so much, but Sweden, seriously…wow! Equally, I suppose that might be a reason why so many workers there are so laid back about having it done!

I actually remember the fuss some years ago, when a Reading University professor, by the name of Kevin Warwick did the same thing to himself, though I believe (if I remember rightly, not checking Google) his was in his arm, not his hand, and at some point, he had it taken back out again, though knowing him, he might have done it again, on a more permanent basis, for all I now know.

I guess it will surprise no one if I say that yes, given the chance, I most definitely would have it done! I know, the article claims its making people into cyborgs, but lets face it, this is less than a pacemaker, or cochlear implant, by far! But fine, I guess some would see this as more sinister, as it allows ‘others’ to track you, but anyway…If it means not fumbling for my pass to get through the door at work, fine by me. I know, it could be more than that, but yes, all the same, I definitely would.

No, I wouldnt see it as the first step to full control over the workers, though I guess some trade unions would definitely see it that way, I suspect? But if the tracking range was limited enough, that it could follow you at work, but not in the outside world, as long as you’re doing no harm, does it matter? Of course, the fun yesterday would have been if someone could have been tracked outside of work, but anyway… Given that seemingly at the moment, this only works at very short distances from readers, you’d be fine!

I know, its a long way from being turned into a robot, but as a first step to cyborg life, count me in! No, I very much doubt I will be applying for a job in Sweden, at this building, sadly. Ah well…

Right, the video. I’ve sort of tweaked the blog title, to make it more apt, but this is still close enough!


How long before its not just passports that are chipped?

I’ve actually had one of those passports, with a chip in it for a while, but this holiday has been the time where I’ve really noticed the difference it makes.

At Atlanta, last Saturday, because I had one of those, and because I had an ESTA thing for entering the US, I did pretty much all my immigration stuff by machine. Finger prints, photo, the works. I did still spend a few moments of ‘interrogation’, though I suspect that was as much to check I’d done everything correctly, than anything else.

But yes, it speeds things up, and I hope Philadelphia is set up in the same way, to be honest, its much easier.

Today, flying back through Manchester, there werent just 2 options to pass through passport control, but 3. Yes, the standard ones (EU and non-EU for simplicity sake), but a third one for those of us with chipped passports. Again, slide the passport into a reader, have the image checked, and through!

Of course, the question you have to ask, in this age of technology, is how long will it be before its not just the passport thats chipped, but the passenger as well! Strictly I suppose, as long as it only identified you, and nothing more…?

Fine, I enjoy the reduced waiting time, but there are limits! Didnt entirely help, as my case was one of the last to appear on the baggage carousel, ah well…

Personally, I suspect ‘personal chipping’ is still some way off, and given that I suspect that in 10-15 years time, my long distance travelling will pretty much be over, due to age and health, but who knows? By then I might be a chipped ‘robot’ with a stunning new body lol!

The video, well, I guess this might be how female air travellers could be defined, sometime in the future