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Pros and Cons of Implantables
Katina Michael
• Professor @ University of Wollongong
• IEEE Technology & Society Magazine
• IEEE Consumer Electronics Mag...
Two decades of development in non-medical implants
Historical Backdrop
The Soul-Catcher Chip
Courtesy of Kevin Warwick
Baja Beach Club - VIPs
Courtesy of Katina Michael Courtesy of Baja Beach Club
Citywatcher.com - SecureAccess
Courtesy of Gary Retherford
Biohacking Movement - Cool
Courtesy of IEEE Spectrum, Amal Graafstra and Jonathan Oxer
State of Play
What is happening today?
Unique ID – “Internet of Us”
Courtesy of Shanti Korporaal
Physical Access Control
Courtesy of EpiCenter, Sweden and ChipMyLife, Australia
Boarding Pass
Courtesy of Andreas Sjöström, Vice President of digital for Sojeti
Ticketing
Courtesy of SJ Rail
The Northstar is a magnet-activated and LED-equipped subdermal device. Courtesy of Groundhouse Wetware.
Courtesy: Ryan O’S...
Courtesy of Autodesk Research, Canada, CHI 2012
Circadia Implantable
Courtesy of Tim Cannon
Demonstrated Benefits of Microchipping People
Pros
Touted Benefits
• Control
• Convenience
• Care
• Cool+
• Tagging
• Tracking
• Tracing
Courtesy of IEEE Spectrum
The Blackbox Under the Skin
Demonstrated Harms of Microchipping People
Cons
Potential Harms
• Privacy
• Retrospective Use
• Security
• Fraud
• Trust
• Surveillance
• Health Risks
• Human Rights
• Ea...
Infected Implant - Malware
Courtesy of Mark Gasson & IEEE ISTAS10
There are never “solutions” to complex problems
Dilemmas and
Approaches Forward
Body modifications
Courtesy of Chew and Michael, 2005
MG Michael’s Uberveillance
Axis of Access
- Misinformation
- Misinterpretation of data
- Information manipulation
Courtesy...
Approaches to Creative Industries
• Engineering by Design
• Privacy & Security
• Regulation
• Freedom to Choose
• Social c...
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This presentation will discuss the pros and cons of implantables at IEEE Sections Congress, August 11-13 2017, Sydney, Australia. The presentation will consider future applications of embedded devices and their social implications.

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The Pros and Cons of Implantables

  1. 1. Pros and Cons of Implantables
  2. 2. Katina Michael • Professor @ University of Wollongong • IEEE Technology & Society Magazine • IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine • IEEE Council on RFID • Australian Privacy Foundation • Consumers Federation of Australia • Senior network & systems engineer www.katinamichael.com
  3. 3. Two decades of development in non-medical implants Historical Backdrop
  4. 4. The Soul-Catcher Chip Courtesy of Kevin Warwick
  5. 5. Baja Beach Club - VIPs Courtesy of Katina Michael Courtesy of Baja Beach Club
  6. 6. Citywatcher.com - SecureAccess Courtesy of Gary Retherford
  7. 7. Biohacking Movement - Cool Courtesy of IEEE Spectrum, Amal Graafstra and Jonathan Oxer
  8. 8. State of Play What is happening today?
  9. 9. Unique ID – “Internet of Us” Courtesy of Shanti Korporaal
  10. 10. Physical Access Control Courtesy of EpiCenter, Sweden and ChipMyLife, Australia
  11. 11. Boarding Pass Courtesy of Andreas Sjöström, Vice President of digital for Sojeti
  12. 12. Ticketing Courtesy of SJ Rail
  13. 13. The Northstar is a magnet-activated and LED-equipped subdermal device. Courtesy of Groundhouse Wetware. Courtesy: Ryan O’Shea
  14. 14. Courtesy of Autodesk Research, Canada, CHI 2012
  15. 15. Circadia Implantable Courtesy of Tim Cannon
  16. 16. Demonstrated Benefits of Microchipping People Pros
  17. 17. Touted Benefits • Control • Convenience • Care • Cool+ • Tagging • Tracking • Tracing Courtesy of IEEE Spectrum
  18. 18. The Blackbox Under the Skin
  19. 19. Demonstrated Harms of Microchipping People Cons
  20. 20. Potential Harms • Privacy • Retrospective Use • Security • Fraud • Trust • Surveillance • Health Risks • Human Rights • Ease of Removal • Affordability • ‘Death by Internet’ Courtesy of Gartner
  21. 21. Infected Implant - Malware Courtesy of Mark Gasson & IEEE ISTAS10
  22. 22. There are never “solutions” to complex problems Dilemmas and Approaches Forward
  23. 23. Body modifications
  24. 24. Courtesy of Chew and Michael, 2005
  25. 25. MG Michael’s Uberveillance Axis of Access - Misinformation - Misinterpretation of data - Information manipulation Courtesy of Bird Machine Condition Location Identity
  26. 26. Approaches to Creative Industries • Engineering by Design • Privacy & Security • Regulation • Freedom to Choose • Social contract • Individual-level Consent • Law • Bodily Integrity Act • Ethics

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