More and more implantable devices, like pacemakers or defibrillators, are turning to wireless signals as a means to communicate with external devices, but in doing so they open themselves to security breaches. Several solutions are in the works that tackle this problem by upping device defenses, but by piling on security measures, yet another risk emerges: that at a critical time an authorized physician might not be able to access the device.
So Microsoft Research proposes putting a new technological spin on an old, time-tested security protocol: protect every device with a password, then tattoo the password right onto the patient in invisible UV ink.
It's a hard concept to argue with: cryptography works pretty well, after all, and a device that is password-protected with a random string of characters would indeed be difficult to hack. Such schemes have been proposed before, using identifier bracelets or RFID tags that contain the passcode, but these options aren't so secure; a patient can easily lose a bracelet, and RFID tags themselves aren't immune to malicious requests.
But tattoos can't be lost, forgotten or, depending on placement, even viewed without the owner being aware. Moreover, using micropigmentation technology the tattoos could be invisible, revealing themselves only in the presence of focused UV light. ERs would simply keep an ultraviolet LED-equipped device on hand that allows medical personnel to see the tattoo -- which would be inked into the skin at the point of implantation -- and enter the password via a keypad or touchscreen.
It's not an impenetrable security plan, but it beats a lot of the ones that have come before it. It's possible that someone could get close enough to you to see your tattoo, but chances are if a malicious party has you shirtless and cornered under a UV lamp, you've got bigger problems.
And no, your password can't be the Japanese character for "peace."
Life saving technologies that require tattoos will be stifled by the religious.
If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
i really don't see religion being an issue on this one. Tattoos are so common, they're a major part of many cultures dating back a very long time. I mean don't get me wrong, their is always that one group of stubborn stupid people who will have a problem with anything that provides progress or benefit technologically, but we can't keep holding back for them.
Holy smokes, technology is moving dude soon it will be big brother.
@animemaster: Tattoos on the forehead or hand are out, but one on the chest would be ok, right?
To the religious comment; I don't think that a UV tattoo of a password for a pacemaker or defibrilator would constitute as "worshiping the beast and his image".. It's not like it going to be written in satanic font or something.. lol
Besides, any religious nuts that are scared of this because of a line in a book will probably die from playing with snakes long before they ever need a pacemaker.
There should be some kind of backup system for finding the password in case you are unconscious and the medical personnel don't know where the tatoo is. Or if you were a burn victim and the tatoo got burned. Or if you were in a car crash and had a big abrasion on the tatoo. Or if you lost or gained a lot of weight and the tatoo got stretched and became illegible.
Do they come in diferent colors?
Which is why our new One World Bank UV bar code tattoos will not be on the hand or forehead (even though those would be the easiest place to access them). Instead, I'm going to have mine put on my right cheek (not the face). That way, every time I'm buying something from my local Government Supplier of Goods Depot, I can turn around, drop drawers, and tell big brother what I think of his Utopia - and still walk out with my jumbo can of government broth.
Theres nothing wrong with tattoos. I dont see why any of this matters. I the person is ready for one and to accept that its there for life then thats that...religion or anything else shouldnt matter.
If you believe in a bible literally that wasn't signed or penned by Jesus Christ you got problems.
Better yet, why not have a RFID that only works at very close range and only gives the serial no and manuf info. Then have a redundant wireless system that is activated by a real time encryption key, provided by the manufacturer,
what if someone gets their tattoo burned off or scraped off or destroyed in some way? There'd have to be some back door alternative.
@HazMatt I guess by satanic font you mean comic sans? :)
I think you're right. Any religious objection to this should be minimal. It seems like a pretty brilliant idea: put the critical information where it can't normally be seen and can't be lost.
I always wanted a tattoo. Now I really have to get one, but i think this might be hard to find for a long time.
-- Nobody claims that Jesus Christ wrote the New Testament. That just indicates general ignorance of the
Bible itself and Chistianity in particular.
The Apostle John, one of the original chosen 12 of Jesus's
disciples claims authorship of the Book of Revelation, which is his relating of a vision of the future of the faith specifically and mankind, written many years after Christ's death, when John was quite elderly and in exile for his faith on the Isle of Patmos.
Mature Christians, generally speaking, aren't "afraid" of "The Mark of the Beast", they believe it will occur as a mark required of mankind globally to be able to buy or sell anything and everything at all, and anybody who keeps aware
of current events, computer commerce, and scientific progression could, no doubt, tell you the exact same thing is on the horizon eventually, perhaps sooner rather than later. Security concerns, market tampering and supply and demand economics will require it.
What they hope to do, albeit admittedly, many do it badly,
is warn non-believers of the requirements and the consequences that coinside with the marks acceptance as
Revelation explains it. One of which is that the person taking it, in essence, "sells their soul" to do so, because
they are required to "worship" or perhaps the taking of an oath of allegience of some sort to the "Beast", the global MANMADE government entity or it's leadership, that issues the mark, as "God" and Sovereign and holding "ownership" to the Earth itself and everyone and everything within it, in it's entirety.
This, naturally, is NOT something most deeply dedicated Christians (and possibly devotees to certain other beliefs, either) COULD consider in good conscience, given that, their belief is that the one and ONLY true Sovereign of the Earth and mankind is the Godhead, God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who created the Universe and the Earth and to whom it belongs. Anything else is heretical blasphemy.
Furthermore, Revelation 16 make it plain that besides the spiritual, the physical consequences of taking the mark, as related by John, will also be "unpleasant". (Revelation 16: verses 1 & 2) Perhaps indicative of the rush of science to act and experiment using the people themselves as the guinea pigs??? Wouldn't be unheard of, would it?
Of course, flippancy might be considered "a response" of sorts.
And, as as aside to Oakspar77777, if I have heard it correctly, the original language of the Book of Revelation
considers the terms "right hand" and "fore (of the) head" to include the entire right arm and anywhere on it, and the entire front of the head, top to bottom, anywhere in front of the ears....and, I imagine people will be compelling "reason" for the positioning of the mark, besides just ease of access for reading....
Religious aspects besides, it's all very interesting to "combine" PopSci stories that seems tailor-made to feed into one another.
Adding this story, for instance,
with the one above, and with RFID's and On-star's, and
facial recognition, and traffic cams, and DNA, and all the rest --
makes me think that we are overdue for a new Future Thriller-type movie blockbuster, at the very least....
Maybe even a series of them.