MEDIA COVERAGE:  When it comes to implanting ICs in people, there are big pros and cons—and lots of unanswered questions ranging from health impacts to security.



Implanting RFID chips into people has been a subject for debate and experimentation for nearly two decades. Back in 1998, the first implantable RFID device was injected into the hand of Professor Kevin Warwick. His hand became a transponder, and he could open doors that were designed to work with smart cards. In smart buildings, he was also able to turn on lights simply by entering into the room.

In a thesis, he noted that in order for this concept to be fully functional, the device would have to be inserted closer to the brain – the spinal cord or onto the optic nerve. This would provide a better situation where a more powerful setup for transmitting and receiving specific complex sensory signals can be developed. Little did he know how close he was to some of what is happening today.