An RFID Body Mod Most Curious (Part 1)
I have an implant.
Good. Now I have your attention. Stick with me, this is going to be interesting. Not long ago I wrote an article that gave the readers some insight into the inner workings of my mind, (yes, I know I’m odd to say the least). Now I’ll give them another insight, this one into my body as well.
The referenced article consisted of a conversation I had with myself. It was a conversation all about RFID technology and the effects it has had on everyday life. While the recollection was comical and lighthearted, the subject of RFID is a specific technology that I have been interested in for years now, and one which I take very seriously, both for its capabilities and its downfalls.
RFID has been used to track goods in warehouses, to bill drivers on large toll roads, as a form of security in locales such as stores, and even to connect information stored in a database to living things. Think back to that first line. I have an implant.
On November 4th, 2009, I had a very small RFID tag injected into the fleshy area of my hand between the base joints of my thumb and forefinger. The tag, a glass ampoule, is realistically twice the size of a grain of rice. The tag, though not explicitly meant for implantation, has been used in such a way on other occasions, and the supplies and tools to do such an implantation are readily available, if you know who to talk to.
Some of you may be asking a relatively forceful and very relevant question; “Why would you do that to yourself!?”
My response would be to say ‘Well, why do you ask?’
From here on out, at least once a week, I will be posting my personal text and photo journal , written before and after the implantation, with my take on the technology and procedure as well as what I intend to accomplish by having a small glass chip embedded in my skin. I’ll also address any questions and comments left on each ‘episode’ of the journal that I believe is informative, brings up a good point, or is just all around relevant. Be sure to subscribe if you want email notifications when each new article becomes available. Looking forward to talking with everyone.
To get to the other RFID posts, just click here. Cheers!