Your Barcode, Please

In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration approved an implantable chip technology known as the Verichip for implantation in human beings. According to the FDA, VeriChip could be implanted in a person’s body and scanned for electronic information.

Since 2006, new U.S. passports include radio frequency identification tags (RFID) that store all the information in the passport, as well as a digital picture of the owner.

In June 2007, the American Medical Association declared that “implantable radio frequency identification” (RFID) devices may help to identify patients, thereby improving the safety and efficiency of patient care, and may be used to enable secure access to patient clinical information.

Production of VeriChip was mysteriously discontinued in 2010 when a connection was made between the implantable Verichip and cancer in test rats. When the report was released, Verichip’s stock dropped 40%.

In 2010, VeriChip officially changed their name to “PositiveID” but discontinued marketing the product for now.

Biotech company MicroCHIPS has developed an implantable chip to deliver medicine to people on schedule and without injection. But the problem with RFID chips is that they are vulnerable to hackers.

Consequently, the technology company BIOPTid has patented a noninvasive method of identification called the “human barcode.”

Barcode technology has been in use since the early 1970’s. Barcodes were developed into the Universal Product Code symbol and have been on every product purchased worldwide for decades.

There are so many different kinds today for so many uses that it would be pointless to try and list them all. Instead, find something that DOESN’T have a barcode.

If you go to the hospital, the wristband has a barcode. Maybe it has your name, but all the important information is embedded in the barcode.

If you bought it, there will be a barcode on it somewhere. Everything you purchase at retail has a barcode on it.

I can buy movie tickets online and flash a barcode on my iPhone at the theater. Amazon has just released a mobile barcode app for making “one click” Amazon purchases.

PayPal quickly followed suit with a method for using PayPal to make bricks-and-mortar purchases.

Here’s how that would work. You take your purchase to the counter, whip out your phone, log in to your PayPal account, let the cashier scan the barcode displayed by the app, and you’re all done.

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About Gunny G

GnySgt USMC (Ret.) 1952--'72 PC: History, Poly-Tiks, Military, Stories, Controversial, Unusual, Humorous, etc.... "Simplify...y'know!"
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