A nontechnical friend of mine recently sent me a news item on the new radio frequency identity (RFID) chips that can be implanted beneath the human skin to carry and transmit information. These chips transmit data in response to a scan by a device emitting specific wavelengths of RF energy. The initial uses for the RFID chips include providing medical teams with identification information for incapacitated people with potentially fatal allergic reactions to commonly used medical treatments such as antibiotics. In other countries, such as Brazil, RFIDs are being targeted to identify and potentially locate kidnapping victims.

It is estimated that the RFID market will eventually be worth $70 billion annually. The company that makes them has even trademarked the term "getting chipped."

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