by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:
Sadly history is littered with examples where people either issued a strong warning to some entity that was ignored, resulting in war (e.g. 1776) or worse, the people didn’t issue such a warning and really, really bad things happened (e.g. Auschwitz.)
This is one of those times at which such a warning must be issued, and the issue is not just what it appears folks.
LOS ANGELES — You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time.
In the aftermath of a Wisconsin firm embedding microchips in employees last week to ditch company badges and corporate logons, the Internet has entered into full-throated debate.
Religious activists are so appalled, they’ve been penning nasty 1-star reviews of the company, Three Square Market, on Google, Glassdoor and social media.
On the flip side, seemingly everyone else wants to know: Is this what real life is going to be like soon at work? Will I be chipped?
“It will happen to everybody,” says Noelle Chesley, 49, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.”
I’m not kidding at all about having to shoot before this catches on in any material way no matter whether it’s the government or private industry doing it. If such a warning is not issued with the willingness and intent to carry out the threat if it becomes necessary our entire premise of civilization and personal privacy will be entirely destroyed.
Look folks, most of you don’t get it because you don’t understand the technology and everyone pushing it lies to you either by omission or directly to your face.
Here’s the truth about any such implementation: It makes nearly every single thing you do in public instantly and permanently trackable by any entity that can get to the data stream now and forevermore into the future with an indefinite lookback.
How big is the data stream going to be? Enormous and very-nearly complete in terms of specificity but very small in terms of volume per-person, and thus trivially maintainable and searchable.
Let me explain.
You can find these “chips” in modern car keys in terms of the technology involved. It’s a small circuit with a coil that, when a magnetic field is passed over it, generates a tiny amount of power. That power is just enough to power a little bit of circuity inside which in turn can return “an answer”; typically a challenge/response of some sort. The amount of power available, due to the size of the chip and thus the coil, is very, very small and thus the range is typically very short — an inch or thereabouts. This is also why there is no RF exposure risk in having these things in a pet; the power level they can generate is so low that there are no exposure concerns.
That’s why the vet passes the reader over your pet to read it; he can’t point it at the cat from 3′ away and read the chip, but right up against the skin under which it resides, yes.
The inverse-square law and the natural noise in the environment means that trying to extend that range to tens of feet or more is not going to happen. You not only need to ridiculously increase the power being sent to the chip to excite it you must also radically increase the reception gain and manage to get above the background noise level. The scaremongering about you being scanned from tens or hundreds of feet away is nonsense; it won’t work.
But, if you can be funneled through something about the size of a door it’s a different matter. Now you both can trivially increase the querying power and the reception gain, along with keeping too many chips from responding at once — and likely manage to read these things without the knowledge or consent of the person who has one in them.
This means that any time you go into a commercial building of any sort, or through any sort of “access point” in a public venue — a doorway, a turnstile or similar that effectively makes people proceed “single file” due to its size — it is a near-certainty that the chip can be interrogated and since these are all cryptographic signature devices of some kind you will be placed there with absolute certainty.
That record will never go away and it is trivially searchable en-masse for any sort of pattern recognition that the person who has access to that data wishes to devise, now or in the future.
Cell phones have some of this risk right now in their “location” capabilities, which I’ve written about before. But you can turn the phone off and that should disable this. You can also refuse to carry one. Once chipped, however, it’s both permanent and pervasive and there is exactly nothing you can do about it.