RFID Becoming the Next Fashionable Thing

These tags inside your bodies can unlock doors, control electronic devices, monitor your health and contain all your personal information. No more IDs, passports, driving licenses, or credit cards. No more worries about being pick-pocketed or loosing important documents.

Imagine going to the grocery store, filling your cart, and walking straight out the door. Your RFID chip will communicate with an electronic reader that will detect every item in your cart and create an account. The amount will be directly deducted from your RFID-embedded-credit-card. RFID reader will be connected to a large network (Internet of Things, IoT) that will feed you desired information about products. Soon, they’ll even be able to track your preference for chunky or creamy peanut butter.


RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a term for technologies that use radio waves to automatically identify objects. During World War II the United Kingdom has used the predecessor of RFID devices in their planes, in order to distinguish them from German aircraft. Today, RFID has many applications and is mostly used in transportation and logistics, manufacturing and quality control. In humans, the universal biochip could replace all existing documents people use today (identity card, passport, driving license, health care record, credit card …). Reader of these chips would detect a specific set of information for which they are authorized. The application of biochips on humans remained in the domain of science fiction until 2001, when the company VeriChip has developed the first commercial biochip designed for use on humans. VeriChip is a miniaturized RFID tag the size of a grain of rice, which is inserted beneath the skin, and is activated in the proximity of the reader.

Preparations for microchipping of humankind are in full swing

Except for tagging pets, systems like RFID are used in prisons for tagging prisoners to prevent escapes. Reports say that violence among prisoners is reduced, because inmates are aware that they are being constantly monitored. The US Army, as one of the major proponent of RFID technology, plans to replace soldiers’ identification tags with RFID tags. Also, the possibility of using RFID to prevent unauthorized use of weapons is being taken into consideration. Some hospitals are already experimenting with RFID bracelets which contain vital information about patients. These bracelets can be used as keys in hotels, passes for concerts and sports events, etc.

Today, everything is computerized; sensors, scanners and cameras are omnipresent. Man-in-the-middle can use anumber of methods to interfere in your personal life. Proponents of RFID technology say this method of identification has many advantages in terms of security and accessibility of data. However, encryption mechanism on these devices is not state-of-the art technology, and should be perfected. But, once they do, RFIDs can prove to be, well, acceptable, at least for some purposes. Biochip can monitor your health condition, bear information about your medical history, and current diagnosis, so medical personnel can have an instant insight in the state of your organism. They can act more confidently and more rapidly. Biochips play central role in the development of fast and accurate diagnostic procedures. In tumors, instead of mammograms and biopsies, chip can identify early signs of the growing tumor and accurately locate it.

Big Brother will hunt you down

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)

Opponents of RFID point out that this kind of technology leads us to a situation where “Big Brother” can monitor us, access our personal information, and have an absolute control over our lives. There is a risk of unauthorized eavesdropping and surveillance. RFID could allow corporations to follow all our activities (as if they already don’t), and collect data to determine which products we buy, how often, and where. This could also provide them information about our income, health, shopping and travel habits. Some even predict that the New World Order government, that is slowly establishing itself through globalization and cooperative development, will be able to use this technology to monitor us, influence our behavior, or eliminate anyone who is identified as a liable threat to them.