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Big Brother gets under your skin
Posted By Julie Foster On 03/20/2000 @ 1:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
New implant technology currently used to locate lost pets has been
adapted for use in humans, allowing implant wearers to emit a homing
beacon, have vital bodily functions monitored and confirm identity when
making e-commerce transactions.
Applied Digital Solutions, an e-business
to business solutions provider, acquired the patent rights to the
miniature digital transceiver it has named “Digital Angel®.” The
company plans to market the device for a number of uses, including as a
“tamper-proof means of identification for enhanced e-business security.”
Digital Angel® sends and receives data and can be continuously
tracked by global positioning satellite technology. When implanted
within a body, the device is powered electromechanically through the
movement of muscles and can be activated either by the “wearer” or by a
“We believe its potential for improving individual and e-business
security and enhancing the quality of life for millions of people is
virtually limitless,” said ADS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Richard Sullivan. “Although we’re in the early developmental phase, we
expect to come forward with applications in many different areas, from
medical monitoring to law enforcement. However, in keeping with our core
strengths in the e-business to business arena, we plan to focus our
initial development efforts on the growing field of e-commerce security
and user ID verification.”
Dr. Peter Zhou, chief scientist for development of the implant and
president of DigitalAngel.net, Inc, a
subsidiary of ADS, told WorldNetDaily the device will send a signal from
the person wearing Digital Angel® to either his computer or the
e-merchant with whom he is doing business in order to verify his
In the future, said Zhou, computers may be programmed not to operate
without such user identification. As previously reported in WND,
user verification devices requiring a live fingerprint scan are already
being sold by computer manufacturers. Digital Angel® takes such
biometric technology a giant step further by physically joining human
But e-commerce is only one field to which Digital Angel® applies.
The device’s patent describes it as a rescue beacon for kidnapped
children and missing persons. According to Zhou, the implant will save
money by reducing resources used in rescue operations for athletes,
including mountain climbers and skiers.
Law enforcement may employ the implant to keep track of criminals
under house arrest, as well as reduce emergency response time by
immediately locating individuals in distress.
The device also has the ability to monitor the user’s heart rate,
blood pressure and other vital functions.
“Your doctor will know the problem before you do,” said Zhou, noting
peace of mind is possible for at-risk patients who can rest in the
knowledge that help will be on the way should anything go wrong.
Indeed, peace of mind is Digital Angel®’s main selling point.
“Ideally,” the patent states, “the device
will bring peace of mind and an increased quality of life for those who
use it, and for their families, loved ones, and associates who depend on
Referring to the threat of kidnapping, the patent goes on to say,
“Adults who are at risk due to their economic or political status, as
well as their children who may be at risk of being kidnapped, will reap
new freedoms in their everyday lives by employing the device.”
Digital Angel®’s developer told WND demand for the implant has been
tremendous since ADS announced its acquisition of the patent in
“We have received requests daily from around the world for the
product,” Zhou said, mentioning South America, Mexico and Spain as
One inquirer was the U.S. Department of Defense, through a contractor, according to Zhou.
American soldiers may be required to wear the implant so their
whereabouts and health conditions can be accessed at all times, said the
Illustration of application of Digital Angel(R) from DigitalAngel.net website.
As of yet, there is no central DigitalAngel.net facility that would
do the job of monitoring users — the task will most likely fall to the
entities marketing the device, said Zhou. For example, if a medical
group decides to market Digital Angel® to its patients, that group would
set up its own monitoring station to check on its device-users.
Likewise, militaries employing the implant will want to maintain
their own monitoring stations for security purposes.
But for critics, military use of the implant is not at the top of
their list of objections to the new technology. ADS has received
complaints from Christians and others who believe the implant could be
the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
The Book of Revelation states all people will be required to “receive
a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might
buy or sell, save he that had the mark.” (Rev. 13: 16-17)
In an increasingly cashless society where identity verification is
essential for financial transactions, some Christians view Digital
Angel®’s ID and e-commerce applications as a form of the biblical “mark
of the beast.”
But Zhou dismisses such objections to the implant.
“I am a Christian, but I don’t think [that argument] makes sense,” he
told WND. “The purpose of the device is to save your life and improve
the quality of life. There’s no connection to the Bible. There are
different interpretations of the Bible. My interpretation is, anything
to improve the quality of life is from God. The Bible says, ‘I am the
God of living people.’ We not only live, we live well.”
Sullivan, responding to religious objections to his product, told
WorldNetDaily no one will be forced to wear Digital Angel®.
“We live in a voluntary society,” he said. According to the CEO,
individuals may choose not to take advantage of the technology.
Zhou alluded to some Christians’ objection to medicine per se, adding
such opposition wanes when the life-saving, life-improving benefits of
technology are realized.
“A few years ago there may have been resistance, but not anymore,” he
continued. “People are getting used to having implants. New century,
Zhou compared Digital Angel® to pacemakers, which regulate a user’s
heart rate. Pacemakers used to be seen as bizarre, said Zhou, but now
they are part of everyday life. Digital Angel® will be received the
same way, he added.
Vaccines are another good comparison, said the scientist, who noted,
“Both save your life. When vaccines came out, people were against
them. But now we don’t even think about it.”
Digital Angel®, Zhou believes, could become as prevalent as a
“Fifty years from now this will be very, very popular. Fifty years
ago the thought of a cell phone, where you could walk around talking on
the phone, was unimaginable. Now they are everywhere,” Zhou explained.
Just like the cell phone, Digital Angel® “will be a connection from
yourself to the electronic world. It will be your guardian, protector.
It will bring good things to you.”
“We will be a hybrid of electronic intelligence and our own soul,”
In the process of merging with Destron Fearing Corp., a manufacturer and marketer of electronic
and visual identification devices for animals, DigitalAngel.net is
scheduled to complete a prototype of the dime-sized implant by year’s
end. Company executives hope to make the device affordable for
individuals, though no cost projections have been made.
ADS, DigitalAngel.net’s parent company, received a special
“Technology Pioneers” award from the World Economic Forum for its
contributions to “worldwide economic development and social progress
through technology advancements.”
The World Economic Forum, incorporated in 1971 with
headquarters in Geneva, is an independent, not-for-profit organization
“committed to improving the state of the world.” WEF is currently
preparing for its “China Business Summit” in Beijing next month for the
purpose of forging new economic alliances with the communist nation.
See David Kupelian’s column:
‘Revelation about Digital Angels®’
See Joseph Farah’s column:
Meet the ‘Digital Angel’ — from Hell
Big Brother, small package
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