Updated: 11/24/2005; 11:29:05 PM.

General networking
Data network connectivity developments, networking business news, and related computing items.

daily link  Wednesday, November 26, 2003

When Cash Is Only Skin Deep: "A Florida company has announced plans to develop a service that would allow consumers to pay for merchandise using microchips implanted under their skin.."  ExxonMobil and MasterCard already experiment with keyfob or card-based RFID.  "a senior MasterCard executive said the company is considering integrating its RFID technology into other items, such as pens or earrings."  Applied Digital wants to put it under the skin.

Meanwhile, Applied Digital has attracted scorn from some fundamentalist Christians, who believe that VeriChip is the fabled "mark of the beast" of biblical lore. According to the book of Revelation, Satan will someday force people to "receive a mark" on their hands or foreheads in order to buy or sell.  "This is a gigantic step toward the mark of the beast, " said Gary Wohlscheid, whose website, These Last Days Ministries..

Applied Digital has [also] positioned its microchip as an anti-kidnapping device (VeriKid), emergency ID system (VeriMed) and as a way to control access to secure buildings (VeriGuard). "

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