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Readers, if you’re out there, it is my hope to entertain and enlighten as reward for your valuable time and with that said – let’s get this
“The Probable Benefits Of Mandatory Radio Frequency Identification Chip Implantation Outweigh The Probable Consequences."
I will begin by saying that this is a great day for me, not only am I engaged in my first tournament debate, but find myself well and truly excited
about exploring this fascinating and ‘far-reaching in its implications’ topic.
In order to investigate what the benefits of mandatory implantation of RFID technology would be, we will need to look at the myriad of applications
that it has been, and is being, successfully used for.
We will also need to consider what the scope of the word ‘mandatory’ means in the context of the topic at hand. Mandatory for whom, and/or what,
will be a big part of the conversation here. I do not assume when tackling this issue that we are exclusively talking about mandatory implantations
for all humans. Although doubtless my opponent will try to limit the scope of the dialogue I will not allow for it, nor will
California Law as of January 1, 2008
In the course of this debate I intend to argue that there is great benefit to mandatory implantation of RFID for many reasons, and in many varying
scenarios, both in humans and in products that humans consume and use. But before we look at the many successes of this amazing technology, and
debate the cost-benefit ratio of privacy issues around its varying implementations, let us get a brief overview of what RFI Devices are and how they
HOW THEY WORK
RFID chips use wireless technology to communicate data by way of signals in the RF range of the EM spectrum. Whatever data that needs to transmitted
is stored in a microchip that is attached to an antenna. That chip is then packaged so that it can be attached to or, embedded in, people animals,
products, etc. While there is some exploration in Nano-RFID applications the two most commonly used RFID tags, and consistently functional to date,
are the tags which are known as passive and active.
Passive tags have no internal power supply. They function by converting radio frequency energy that is emitted from a ‘reader’ into signals that
transmit whatever data is stored on them, typically no more than a few feet. These passive tags tend to have small amounts of data storage
capability and are of limited use because the information they contain cannot be modified or changed. These types of tags are most commonly used for
transportation of consumer products, anti-theft devices, product dating, etc.
In comparison, active RFID tags contain an internal battery which provides for: greater data storage, increased reliability and longer transmission
ranges. This internal battery also allows for ‘on-tag’ data processing. It is the ability to internally process the data stored on these active
tags, and their greater transmission range, that raises the issues of data confidentiality. These active devices are the ones that are being to be
implemented in various forms if I.D. – passports, driver’s licenses, credit cards etc.
MANDATORY IMPLANTATION, A VERY GOOD IDEA
In the course of this debate I will show that the implementation of RFID technology that is already in use in our daily lives is vast, and of much
greater benefit than any statistically minor issues than most of its applications have had. We will look at some of the areas where RFID is clearly
beneficial to our quality of life and why we would all be better served if many kinds of mandatory implantation rules were in place.
By implanting RFID chips in hospital ID bracelets as well as in perishables – plasma, blood supply, IV administered medications -- hospitals that
implement this technology are now able to keep much better track of patients waiting times, locations in the hospital and ensure that patients are not
sent into the wrong surgery. They are better able to, by bypassing the human-error element, to make sure that a patient is not receiving the wrong
medication and that any temperature, freshness, blood compatibility issues and medical allergies are avoided. Babies are tracked from the moment
they leave the mother’s womb, until the time that they leave the hospital.
While hospitals are not mandatorily required to implant RFID technology into patient’s wrist bands, given the obvious patient safety and improvement
in the efficacy of the treatments, it is clearly an area where mandatory implantation would benefit all involved.
It was estimated in 2006 that 35 billion dollars in spoiled, wasted food would be saved annually if RFID technology was uniformly deployed. And while
RFID is already used, with great success, in many as aspects of food growth, safety and transportation, due to the lack of mandatory implementation --
and for livestock, implantation -- we have a haphazard system in place that allows for many tainted, spoiled, mislabeled (organic) foods to be
consumed by an unsuspecting public.
Mandatory implantation of RFID into devices of many kinds would significantly increase their ability to be successfully, and less expensively,
recycled reducing environmental impact on a multitude of levels.
RECREATION AND SHOPPING
It’s important to have fun too, and in this economy to save as much money as possible while doing it. To that end, in the course of this debate, I
will also show how the mandatory Implanting of RFID technology into a multitude of objects – objects that may not to be essential to our daily life,
but certainly add to the quality of the experience – would be of benefit not only to our bank balance, but to our overall enjoyment of everyday
With that said, I will now turn the page over to my esteemed opponent Enjoies05 and wish him the best of luck in our endeavor.