Most folks have yet to hear of RFID, or radio frequency ID tags. As explained in this article in The Nation, RFID opens a host of interesting issues.
RFID is the classic double edged sword of technology. On the one hand, it offers companies a cheap way to track invenotry, potentially saving millions. It offers a way to keep tabs on your pet and, perhaps even more important in an age when every parent’s worst nightmare is played out on the news with distressing regularity, your children.
But the flip side raises its share of very real concerns. Do we really want “smart clothes” capable of reporting back our every move to data miners or to federal watch dogs? Should we allow your spouse to bug your shaving kit to see where you really go on those “business trips?” What about your boss to track whether you’re really working when you telecommute?
Complicated issues to be sure, and not easily answerable by either a “regulate” or “don’t regulate” mantra.
Stay tuned . . . .