At this year's IEEE Sections Congress, there were 1250 delegates. We had a Conference App which helped us to see who was present. If we wished to add details we could by scanning QR code on badge. Well, after many attempts, my badge noted I was "George Michael" and not "Katina Michael". The photo above shows me meeting the REAL "George Michael". To make things worse, my son and husband also share this name! So George Michael from IEEE Region 8 (Cyprus) decides to scan my badge to triple check that what I was saying was accurate. On trying to scan MY badge, his phone app displays a message: "you cannot add yourself". That does it, we thought!
Lesson: Do such things happen in everyday life? It is entirely possible. What are the implications with a badge, a wearable? Now consider the very real and frightening possibilities of having an error like that embedded in your arm! No thanks!
How did it happen? People suspected I had hacked into the system and changed things. No, it wasn't that technical. It was either 1. human error, or 2. a database error. My guess is that it was the first. Cannot really ever get around that, no matter how hard we try.
NXP NFC RW Chips
IEEE SC2017 delegate Christian M. Schmid decided to come up to me and scan the NXP NFC chips and Blackbay RFID chips I was wearing on my wrist, ring finger, ear lobes, necklace and forehead. Some of the chips simply had a unique serial number (like the original Verichip implantable device that had 16 character availability), and others were read/write tags that allow a user to update individual attributes and records. Christian decided to record some updates like "hello world", so that upon scanning, the chip would read on the mobile handset "hello world". Very simple. Very fast. And some nifty applications to boot. But what if there were chips like this in people? And what if RW chips had great functions but they could be manipulated remotely? What then? The potential for misuse of this could be quite horrifying actually.
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