Vitamin Chip Passwords

January 10, 2014

You know when science has gone too far when the FDA has given their seal of approval to something that could be potentially dangerous for humans.

By now you have probably heard that Motorola, a multinational telecommunications company, has developed a vitamin pill that can serve as your password to boost your online security.

At the D11 conference (a conference where the brightest people in the technology field, e.g., CEOs, entrepreneurs, and industry experts from around the world, come together), Motorola unveiled a “vitamin authentication” tablet powered by the acid in your stomach that turns you into a human authentication token.

These vitamin pills are supposedly edible stomach-acid-powered passwords that serve as an authentication token you could never lose.

“The FDA-approved tablet, made by Proteus Digital Health, contains a small chip that can be switched on and off by your stomach acid, creating an 18-bit ECG-like signal that would let you authenticate your identity just by touching your phone, your computer or your car.”

I once watched a video of an app that had the capability of taking a cardiogram of a man in a plane at 30,000 feet and transmitting the data to a smartphone. There is even talk of human beings being digitized through sensors in the bloodstream. By having a sensor in the blood, a doctor can pick up all sorts of data and then transmit them to the smartphone.

Although I wouldn’t submit to having a sensor placed in my body, I can understand the thinking behind doctors wanting to collect as much data as possible, in the fastest way possible, of their patients. What I can’t understand is why anyone would willingly experiment on their own body to swallow a pill just to make the hacking of passwords more difficult for hackers.

Although Motorola’s CEO, Dennis Woodside, has said that the newly approved tablet by the FDA for authenticating your password has been demonstrated, they wouldn’t be shipping it anytime soon.

But we’ve all watched technology getting out of hand and our privacy being violated. I don’t willingly take pills, so I certainly wouldn’t take a vitamin with a chip in it, and possibly jeopardize my health, just for password authentication. And if hackers can break the code of the most sophisticated security systems, who says they wouldn’t be able to break the code of the pill you just swallowed?

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