Some people are getting Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFIDs) implanted into themselves so that they never have to worry about forgetting their car key or house key.
Cyborgs have stepped out of science fiction and into real life with a small but growing group of tech aficionados who are getting tiny computer chips implanted into their bodies to do everything from opening doors to unlocking computer programs.
Amal Graafstra and his girlfriend Jennifer Tomblin never have to worry about forgetting the keys to her Vancouver home or locking themselves out of Graafstra's Volkswagen GT.
They can simply walk up to the door and, with a wave of a hand, the lock will open. Ditto for the computer. No more struggling to remember complicated passwords and no more lost keys.
Click through on the article to see a picture of a hand with the chip implant pushed near the surface of the skin. Same picture here.
Graafstra divides his time between Bellingham Washington and Vancouver BC. But he got the RFID implant done in Los Angeles.
The implantable tags cost only a couple of dollars. But the surgeon's fee was probably in the hundreds of dollars. Still, you could implant it yourself (perhaps team with a friend and do implants on each other) if you wanted to do the research on what tools were needed and buy them and sterilize them. Graafstra has a forthcoming book RFID Toys that'll teach you some of what you need to know to take your first step toward cyborgism.
A small but substantial segment of the populace will probably go for implantable RFID once a critical mass of both doctors to install it and technicians to upgrade houses and cars are available. Someone with a more technical bent can get into it now as Graafstra did. But you have to get the RFID reader and get it installed into your house door and car door in both cases with electric power attached to do the door unlocking.
But this idea seems a bit problematic. When you are leaving the house do you just keep one hand away from the door to prevent yourself from unlocking it? Also, do you have to worry when driving that your hand might unlock the door if you go to buckle your seat belt in a dangerous neighborhood?
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