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A Momentary Flow

Evolving Worldviews

This week science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon argues that everyone should be given a barcode at birth. “If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached - a barcode if you will; an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals. It would be imprinted on everyone at birth. Point the scanner at someone and there it is. Having such a unique barcode would have many advantages. In war soldiers could easily differentiate legitimate targets in a population from non combatants. This could prevent mistakes in identity, mistakes that result in the deaths of innocent bystanders. Weapons systems would record the code of the use, identifying how fired which shot and leading to more accountability in the field. Anonymity would be impossible as would mistaken identity making it easier to place responsibility accurately, not only in war but also in non-combat situations far from the war.” (via BBC - Future - Technology - ‘Barcode everyone at birth’)

This week science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon argues that everyone should be given a barcode at birth. “If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached - a barcode if you will; an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals. It would be imprinted on everyone at birth. Point the scanner at someone and there it is. Having such a unique barcode would have many advantages. In war soldiers could easily differentiate legitimate targets in a population from non combatants. This could prevent mistakes in identity, mistakes that result in the deaths of innocent bystanders. Weapons systems would record the code of the use, identifying how fired which shot and leading to more accountability in the field. Anonymity would be impossible as would mistaken identity making it easier to place responsibility accurately, not only in war but also in non-combat situations far from the war.” (via BBC - Future - Technology - ‘Barcode everyone at birth’)

Notes

  1. jfawesome reblogged this from emergentfutures
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  4. graysquire reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    Scary?
  5. rockstarg reblogged this from wildcat2030
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  7. mahroishere reblogged this from emergentfutures
  8. woudlandcreature reblogged this from emergentfutures
  9. digitalgenocide reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    No I don’t like this, I’m for cyber genetics and all but not this.
  10. benngiie reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    And so it starts
  11. sarahsanne reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    I said this a few weeks ago to negative response!
  12. chuzzb420 reblogged this from emergentfutures
  13. youseewhy reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    How this isn’t seen as a horrifically dystopian future is beyond me. Who would actually think this is a good idea?
  14. caughtintheantimatter reblogged this from sean3116 and added:
    It’s very unsettling. I actually just looked up some stuff on it and given that it isn’t just rumours, apparently...
  15. godandmaninhell reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    Worst idea EVER.
  16. sean3116 reblogged this from caughtintheantimatter and added:
    Yes, that’s very true - actually, I think I just read about utilizing RFID chips in a Texas school district. It’s...
  17. lennoxmeldrum reblogged this from emergentfutures
  18. emergentfutures reblogged this from futurescope
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  20. ahandsomestark reblogged this from wildcat2030
  21. renaissancedweeb reblogged this from the-avenging-apprentice
  22. the-avenging-apprentice reblogged this from renaissancedweeb and added:
    There’s a huge list of problems with this idea, profiling someone through a barcode could lead to discrimination, and...
  23. atlantislifeguard reblogged this from wildcat2030
  24. princeofclockwork reblogged this from destroyingmatter and added:
    Oh, please don’t say that. Your opinion is just as important as mine; the number of words or amount of thought put in...
  25. unprofessionalamber reblogged this from masterofqualitycontrol and added:
    I grew up reading a book called The Barcode Tattoo. While not my favorite or the best written, it perfectly demonstrates...
  26. calvalier reblogged this from ernesthemingay
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  29. tsarbucks reblogged this from avalost and added:
    “I am a 500-foot tall purple platypus-bear with pink horns” Hmmm… Barcodes…
  30. avalost reblogged this from tsarbucks and added:
    All I can think of is how much fun they would be to hack. "Lololol, I’mma make this say I’m a lizard or something!"
  31. nagittokomaeda reblogged this from princeofclockwork
  32. destroyingmatter reblogged this from princeofclockwork and added:
    Yeah I see what you mean; I feel dumb because your view is much better thought out! I guess I’m just paranoid, but...
  33. nefariousnick reblogged this from princeofclockwork and added:
    I’ll give you my copies, they were an excellent couple of books