We are eagerly anticipating a future of neural implants that can form brain-computer links, but one British scientist is out to bring us down. Mark Gasson has become the first human be infected with a computer virus. This feat was accomplished with small RFID chip Gasson had implanted in his hand. In the experiment, the virus infected chip was able to pass the infection to other devices, thus propigating much like biological viral vectors.
This proof on concept is of concern as a future of implantable devices is coming on fast. Various medical devices could be infected with viruses that then spread to other people. The idea is scary to be sure. People put up with computer viruses and security holes, but what can we do if the threat has the ability to cause real harm? Before you know it, we'll be reviewing Norton 360 Bio-Implant Edition.
So will you one of the cyborgs of the future, or is the whole idea too creepy?
Sure, the thought of putting colorful RFID stamps all over your personal affects sounds like it could be cool at first, anyone with foresight can quickly come to the conclusion that it would get old. Fast.
Even still, Violet has released the Mir:ror, a small disc that you connect to your computer which then relays information on any RFID stamps (called Ztamp:s) to your computer, triggering something to happen. For example, Ztamp:s placed on the corner of a physical file could open all digital files associated with it with a single wave (see more examples in the video, here).
So, if for some reason your computer’s mouse is just too much for you to use, you can pick up the Mir:ror for just $59, and get additional Ztamp:s by the dozen for $20.