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RFID: No Flying Cars

Bert Moore

Just like the flying cars promised by futurists in the 1950s, the potential dangers of RFID predicted by some today are more fantasy than reality

Back in the 1950s, every vision of the future included flying cars, underwater cities, and bases on the Moon. We're still waiting.

Today, some of the "futurist" scenarios for RFID take an entirely negative view, ignoring the potential benefits of the technology and, instead, postulate what could happen at some point in the future (probably around the time we have flying cars). Fears include individuals being identified and tracked down to the centimeter on a round-the-clock basis by RFID tags in their clothing, RFID implanted in all forms of currency including coins, forced implantation of RFID, and RFID systems being hacked by kindergarten children. But, like the flying cars offered by futurists in the 1950s, many dreadful scenarios about RFID are likely not to come true.

So, what is the likely future going to look like with RFID?

Publication date:  September 2010

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