Getting under your skin – 666 Tech Developments

Skin phoneHere’s one for all you conspiracy theorists out there!

Firms are experimenting with the concept of smart technology under the skin, which will mean we never have to forget the mobile phone again!

I love it when scripture comes up with ideas so long before they arrive that you have to think there’s something prophetic about it, whether you grasp the interpretation or not.

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev 13:16-17

There has been much speculation about the mark, or insertion, taken in the forehead or hand, but it is only in recent years that we can say with any certainty that there can be a connection between commercial control and an insertion.

From the London Metro Newspaper:

Here’s a real close call: Implanting your mobile phone under your skin

While it may sound like something out of Iron Man, implanting your smartphone under your skin may become as common as having laser eye surgery in the future, according to a leading scientist.

Moving on from the likes of pacemakers and stent implants, research by Autodesk, a California-based software company, has turned its attention to how traditional user interfaces could also work in the human body.

Giving hope to the idea of an unforgettable mobile phone, researchers embedded touch sensors, LEDs, speakers and vibration motors under the skin of a cadaver’s arm.

‘Our work explores the future possibilities of implanting interactive components underneath the skin, which would enable people to directly interact with their implants,’ said Christian Holz, who worked alongside Tovi Grossman and George Fitzmaurice at Autodesk.

‘We discovered that traditional interactive components can work through skin and the metrics collected from this study can inform the future design of interactive implants.’

In collaboration with Professor Anne Agur at the Department of Anatomy at the University of Toronto, the study used artificial skin to attach small implants to participants’ arms to see how they felt walking around with interactive devices. It also tested the effects of skin on traditional controls, such as buttons and microphones, the quality of light, sound and vibration, and communicated with and even charged devices through Bluetooth connections.

While implanting devices under the skin is certainly nothing new – more than three million people already have pacemakers– this technology could see those who have medical implants interact with them directly, eliminating the need for regular check-ups and even surgery.

‘It would be impossible to predict what the future holds, but one immediate application could be to allow them to directly interact with and monitor their devices,’ said Mr Holz. ‘For example, notify the user of a low battery bya slight tingling underneath the skin or recharging the battery through skin, thereby avoiding the need for surgery.’

He added: ‘Implanted devices, along with the information they store, always travel with the user. There is no need for the user to manually attach them. The user can never forget or lose them either. This makes implanted devices available to them at all times.’

There are concerns, however, that the technology could be exploited, and that someone could hack into a person’s body.

Implanting a phone under your skin could become a reality (Source: Autodesk)

In 2002, Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading, was the first human to have the Utah Array/BrainGate implant inserted into his arm to link his nervous system to a computer.

He said: ‘Once you’ve got implants into the nervous system and the brain, then the big issue is that potentially someone is going to hack into your nervous system and send signals you don’t want.

‘Having said that, we’ve seen with the Parkinson’s stimulators only a very small percentage of people have side effects, even when it is changing how your brain functions. There are certainly no reports that I’m aware of of people hacking into other people’s brains even though there are thousands of people with such implants.’

Mr Holz said: ‘It would be important to carefully consider the privacy and ethical issues. In particular, data transmission protocols would require careful consideration to ensure security. Storage of any identity information would require legal and ethical debate. We hope our work can serve as a starting point for such discussions.’

For Prof Warwick, the benefits far outweigh the risks, with thought communication and networking some of the potential uses in the future.
‘I think it will enable a lot of people, particularly people who are classified as disabled because they are paralysed,’ he said.

‘This is often just a break in the nervous system, which could be enabled through technology like this.

‘I don’t see any problems with enhancing the human brain by extending your nervous system across a network, so your body doesn’t have to be where your brain is. It can be wherever the network takes you. We don’t need people travelling to distant planets – you could simply think and control something there.’

As for implanting phones and other devices more directly into the nervous system, he said: ‘I think it would open up much faster, much more efficient means of communication and there would be enormous commercial opportunities.

‘Within a decade you could find that it is something that you can have very easily, and ethically people wouldn’t worry about it because it would be something that everyone has to have – a bit like laser eye surgery. Fifteen years ago if someone wanted to blast lasers into your eyes you would have said they were crazy, but now you have to have it.

‘From a scientific point of view you never really know when this is going to happen. It is like a commercial tsunami – it just goes forward and completely changes the world.’

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– User interfaces could be implanted under the skin of the forearm, allowing users to interact with small devices, such as mobile phones

– As in the case of Autodesk’s prototype devices – which were fitted to participants under a piece of artificial skin created from silicon – this would enable participants to receive output triggers through the skin, as well as respond to them

– Possible low level components that have already been tested and could be used for this include a vibration motor, which could alert the user to an incoming call, email or text message through vibration. For example, one short vibration could signal a call, while two short vibrations could signal an email or text message

– Alternatively, a blinking LED seen through the skin could indicate the presence of a message and a tactile button under the skin could be clicked to hear this or answer calls

– An implanted speaker and microphone could also be used for conversations or to read out emails or text messages to the user

Skin phone

Posted by Steve

22 thoughts on “Getting under your skin – 666 Tech Developments

  1. I don’t think they will be the anti-christ. I do think that it’s interesting that the technology is around, and is certainly an excellent explanation for Revelation 13.

    Technology, like many things, is generally neutral, but can be used for sinister aims if they get into the wrong hands.

  2. Apple and google are experimenting with near-field communication, so that you just have to wave your mobile at a machine to pay for something. Some android phones have it this NFC and it is thought that the iphone 5 will have it.

    Once the mobile is inserted in the hand, we will be able to pay with a wave of the hand.

    Its a small step from there…..

  3. Interesting, to, at from now on everything will be stored on what is known as the Cloud!

    Sounds so safe, doesn’t it.

    I am certain it will make life easier and be a great benefit to most people, but there will be brand new issues of data protection and information security which suddenly have no9 country, no government and no law.

    Globalisation and technology are throwing up some curve balls we maybe didn’t see coming.

  4. Yes, there is even a company which has a massive database on nearly every person in the world. Somehow it has managed to convince people that they should update this database themselves with all sorts of personal information such as what they are eating, who they are seeing at any particular time, and what their political and religious beliefs are.

    The company is called facebook.

  5. I know! It is such a smooth transition! And totally free!

    I actually do have concerns about the way the Cloud is drawing us in. It may become such a useful tool to life that we may not be able to function without some connection to it.

    Or is it too late?

  6. @ wazza2/Steve – you might enjoy this clip at a TED talk. Eli Pariser talking about algorithmic editing of the web and “filter bubbles”.
    “Big brother” controlling your computer search?

    With Mark Zuckerberg sitting in the audience…

  7. Interesting developments and fine to worry about security on one hand or be super optimistic on the other, but to link it somehow to Revelations or a coming anti-Christ is nuts.

    Yes, Margot, I’m pretty much an a millennialist.

  8. Q,
    Are you aware of tracking devices being inserted in animals?

    Uses and Benefits
    Microchips have been particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute.

    Animal shelters and animal control centers benefit using microchip identification products by more quickly and efficiently returning pets to their owners. When a pet can be quickly matched to its owner, the shelter avoids the expense of housing, feeding, providing medical care, and outplacing or euthanizing the pet. Microchipping is becoming standard at shelters: many require all outplaced animals to receive a microchip, and provide the service as part of the adoption package. Animal-control officers are trained and equipped to scan animals.

    In addition to shelters and veterinarians, microchips are used by kennels, breeders, brokers, trainers, registries, rescue groups, humane societies, clinics, farms, stables, animal clubs and associations, researchers, and pet stores.

    There are also microchip related appliances such as pet doors which provide programmably controlled access to specific animals.

    Several countries require a microchip when importing an animal to prove that the animal and the vaccination record match. Microchip tagging may also be required for CITES-regulated international trade in certain rare animals: for example, Asian Arowana are so tagged, in order to ensure that only captive-bred fish are imported.

    The possibilities of an insertion to control populations isn’t so far fetched, and the comparison to the Revelation piece which indicates and insertion relevant to buying and selling, or, in other words, commerce and market-place activity, is not such a stretch of the imagination.

  9. I’m still waiting to be stamped with the barcodes and to get my Australia Card which was supposed to be part of the AntiChrist’s plan.

  10. Steve, I’m not denying the technology. And I’m not denying at all that it’s feasible that everyone on the planet could be fitted with something on their wrist and forehead without which they would be no authorized to buy or sell.

    I just don’t think that’s what Revelations is talking about. In the same way, while I agree that it might be possible for there to be some kind of thing that could fall to the earth and poison a third of the water supply, I don’t think that’s what Revelation is talking about.

    In other words, I don’t think Revelation is talking about the 21st or 22nd or 23rd century.

    (I realize that’s a very minority position in the evangelical world, so I understand if you think I’m nuts).

    But to show you my line of thinking I’ll put it this way. I don’t think those who read Revelations in the 1st (or 2nd for Bones) century, read it thinking that almost all of it had nothing to do with them. I don’t think they read it and thought “Gee none of this is possible – it must be referring to thousands of years in the future – I guess we’ll just leave it up to our grandkids’ grandkids’ grandkids grandkids…..etc to find out what it means.

    So, computer chips, giant helicopters, poisonous satellites, possible anti-christ figures, European or world currencies don’t excite me.

    I’ll offend both you AND Bones/Greg with this one, but to me computer tech is less of a sign that the end is near than gay marriage, gay ministers and churches spending millions on Pastor’s wives gallivanting around like harlots.

  11. Yes, that was going too far. But as I’ve said before, I’m so old I can remember that many evangelicals thought that we wouldn’t see the 90’s. And certainly I don’t really know many charismatic pastors who thought we’d be still around in 2012. Go ask some old hands.

    And I’m not just talking about crackpots. I’ll search for the reference, but I’m sure Billy Graham thought he would be alive for the second coming. Which explains why the new generation of pastors who grew up with all that talk (e.g. Brian Houston) don’t talk about it much. They’re building on the premise that we’ll be here in 50 years. In the 70’s and 80’s talking about 50 years ahead would result in giggles. (Then we’d link hands and sing “Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King”)

    While I’m on a rave ….. to me the church is in crisis. There seems to be one wing that is so far from traditional belief in that they will marry gays and ordain them and then on the other hand there is the fast growing sector that seems to believe and go along with any kind of nonsense whether that’s angel feathers, laughing hysterically, or the Pastors flying around in jets and paying for wives to live in 20k rental mansions while the skunk around.

    It seems like the middle ground is evaporating.

  12. Steve, I don’t think end times thinking as you do it is crazy though.

    You have more things to talk about than people did back in the 70’s. So, I probably won’t argue this point much.

    I just don’t take Revelations as a literal prophecy for the future.

  13. I just don’t take Revelations as a literal prophecy for the future.

    Hear. Hear. You also had the nuclear holocaust fears that I grew up with in the 60s-80s.

    Gee I love you sometimes.

  14. Oh no! Does that mean we missed the judgement, Lake of Fire and New Jerusalem? I was looking forward to that, too!

  15. New Jerusalem, I mean! I’m still trying to rescue people from the Lake of Fire.

    Does that mean I can stop and come home now?

    Are we there yet?

  16. Yes, it all wasnt meant to be taken that literally. Sorry you havent been told, but now you know.

    Also, 666 isnt the number of the beast. It appears its actually 616 according the earliest manuscripts – which is a bit embarrasing for all those 80’s ministries which used numerology to prove the end times were coming.

  17. “Does that mean I can stop and come home now?”

    If by that you mean you’re out on the streets preaching and want to go home…..well okay, I think you can go home because you wife is waiting. Now…if you weren’t married and were doing the 1 Cor 7 gig I’d say, just stay out! 🙂

  18. Okay re New Jerusalem.

    You posted this article showing how the wrist/forehead thing is becoming close to being scientifically feasible because of the latest advancements in technology.

    Fine. But does that mean by the same reasoning that we have to wait for a few decades and wonder about how a whole city will slowly descend to the earth and then land so gently that nothing breaks and no tidal waves and earthquakes are caused? At the moment planes land on runways. There aren’t many complete vertical landing – except for helicopters, parachutes, and harrier jets or whatever stuff I’m not up with. But even having a Meyers department store land would be a big ask now.

    So …..I am not literally waiting for a big city to slowly descend while the journalists cover it with astonishment.

    (It may sound it, but I’m not trying to be sarcastic. I respect your position. But I don’t see revelations the way you do.)

    So I’m not one of these that reads Revelations with a newspaper in one hand.

    This will make you laugh, but there were churches in Australia in the late 70s who made their membership phone lists secret in preparation for when the communists would take over.

    I kid you not. Stan Deyo, the Jupiter effect, the leaping for joy when the EC finally became 10 nations, Russia invading Afghanistan and thus being a small step pouring into Israel with their tanks made of lignostone…..i’ve heard it all.

    Why? Because people tried to put Revelations as being predicted of what was happening at the time.

    If you really want some fun, look at some old Kathryn Kuhlman in the 60’s preaching about the then current military conflicts.

    And to go right back to your roots, the Azusa Street people rushed out to foreign countries intending to stay until the impending rapture. Why? Outpouring of the Spirit, miracles, earthquake in San Franciso – it just HAD to be the end times. Not to mention people prophesied it.

    I think there’s more chance of a limited nuclear conflict in the next 10 years than there is of everyone getting a mark under their skins.

  19. Pretty sure scientists will give us advanced warning when the Hubble picks up a floating city heading towards Earth.

  20. Steve and co, just to be kind, I’ll give you some more ammo.

    Did you see this in the news today.

    “The Vatican called Monday for radical reform of the world’s financial systems, including the creation of a global political authority to manage the economy.”

    Anyone here like Mel Gibson’s “Conspiracy Theory” movie by the way?

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