Tattoos, Pills Might Someday Replace Passwords
Motorola testing the technology on phones
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 31, 2013 1:48 PM CDT
Who needs a password you can forget when you can permanently inscribe one on your body?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Fact: Passwords suck. So Motorola is looking into technology that will allow its phones to use "Biostamp" tattoos or computer chip pills to identify their owners instead, the company told the D11 conference this week. Executive Regina Dugan even showed off her own Biostamp, a bendable silicon chip originally developed for medical purposes by MC10, reports Help Net Security. She promised that the company wouldn't be put off by people who found the technology "creepy."

If Biostamps don't catch on, Motorola's also testing the Proteus Digital Health pill, which uses stomach acid to power a computer chip that produces a unique ECG trace, the Telegraph explains. The FDA already has approved it, as have European regulators. Motorola has "tested it authenticating a phone, and it works," the company's CEO said, though he admitted that neither experiment was terribly close to coming to market. The news makes sense, in light of parent company Google's professed interest in finding an alternative to passwords.

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crankydude
Jun 1, 2013 3:54 PM CDT
The future has been here for 80 years and more but too few take notice and countless many have paid the price. Now Spiro Agnew's Great Silent majority will swallow a chip with no semblance of hope they will have a reasonable basis to trust the assurances or to form a belief as to how it works; how it can be deactivated (because it surely cannot be removed); that is supposedly biodegrades; who can access it remotely; will you be mistaken for someone else; can you be hacked, stalked or controlled; will there be contamination; can there be a rejection reaction to the foreign substance; can someone making it, packing it, or transporting it alter it; can I end up unwittingly, unwillingly and surreptitiously starring in a widely disseminated amateur porn audio recording complete with verification of my actual name and address; will someone now know how I vote (not that we can be certain already); whether and what GPS capabilities it has; if I am a target can it interfere with the results of an EMG, ECG/EKG, MRI, EEG, PET scan, sonogram or other critical test, or my body's own electric impulses, in order to sabotage my well being; all to spare me the headache of a password?! Take only contamination. For a week watch "How It Is Made" on cable and notice how many edible products from jelly beans, to candies, to fish, to meat products and can contents are handled by unsheathed bare hands! I often watch aghast not only at the fact but by the lack of comment. I stand shouting at the TV screen! As to hands just Google for yourself and also see examples such as Wikipedia on Contaminated Currency and USDA on hand washing. So many concerns that it is impracticable to attempt a listing here.
abetterworld
Jun 1, 2013 2:34 PM CDT
I agree that it's never been wrong but your interpretation of it probably is.
McGturtle
Jun 1, 2013 2:20 PM CDT
Illuminati all through your body!