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Hewlett creates tiny chip.

Discussion in 'Business & Economics' started by palefrost, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. palefrost

    palefrost Well-Known Member

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    Interesting new chip made by Hewlett. Its the size of a small sticker and can be attached anywhere. The device, holds tons of information: the voice of a child pictured in a photo, a summary of someone's medical history on a hospital tag, or even a trailer of a movie portrayed on a poster. You can put the chip anywhere no less!

    Consumers could eventually use a specialized reader or other devices, such as a cell phone, a memory stick or a even a car key, to access the information on the chip the article states. Sounds like a interesting new invention with alot of possiblities.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/07/17/BUGOMJVQ9H1.DTL&type=business
     
  2. Brandon

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    While I can see tons of applications for this device, I am concerned about piracy issues.

    Businesses and government could use this device to extract meaningful data from you. At the current time, this device seems to lack any security measures. A simple wave of the wand (read electronic reader) and all data from the chip is downloaded.

    I would be hesitant to use this as soon as it comes into the market for consumers.
     
  3. sushimonster

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    Privacy concerns are really what erk me. I would be afraid they used the chip in a 1984-esque way. Big Brother may be watching.
     
  4. palefrost

    palefrost Well-Known Member

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    Well since they cant even seem to locate Osama i dont worry to much about giving them a little chip lol. You only as smart as the person using the item and from what I'm watching i dont give them that much credit! :p
     
  5. LyricB

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    Isn't it a fine line between invading privacy and innovation? I know everyone gets worked up about those issues, but as for me I just think, "Hey, cool technology!" Maybe I should be more paranoid....
     
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    Yeah, that is what gets me. I mean what are they going to use these for?
    but then again... I also agree with the comment about technology only being as good as the people controlling it.
     
  7. LyricB

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    There seems to be such a great distrust for the government and privacy issues lately...does this all stem from post-9/11 security measures?
     
  8. Brandon

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    Most likely! Citizens of America are trading in rights and freedoms in the hope of extra security.
     
  9. sarah

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    I think alot of the privacy concerns do stem from 9/11. We as a whole are willing to trade some rights for security, but now it seems to have gotten to a point where people are wondering where the line should be drawn.
    How much should we give up?
     
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