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At birth the government would implant a microchip in every infant's skull, similar to the one you can have put in your cat. It would have your name, DOB, place of birth, nationality/ties and a record of every criminal offence you've commited would be added to your chip upon conviction. If the police
were looking for a John Smith with a previous conviction for sexual assault, they would use a search engine that would scan the vicinity within a given area to see if anyone matches the search parameters. It would be implanted somewhere where it could not be dislodged so that if your corpse is decomposing in a field, the police can still scan for you and find your skeleton. Other potential info that could be stored would be names of next-of-kin, credit history, telephone number, e-mail address.
[hippo, Oct 04 2004]
||you'd be updating this every week.
||In general, I tend to err on the side
of not caring if the government
knows everything about me - the
"I've got nothing to hide" school of
thought. There are trust and
privacy issues with this though
(see my linked idea "Invasive
Government") not least of which is
that while you might be OK with
the current government having all
your personal information, will you
be OK with all future governments
having it too?
with this idea though would be all
the back street "re-chipping"
outfits which will, for a bundle of
used notes, replace your
implanted chip with a 'clean' one.
||//back street "re-chipping"// hah
||well, you know, like those places
that advertise in car magazines
offering to 'adjust' the mileage on
||.. and I was thinking back-street abortions..