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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Get Ready to Go Digital

Get Ready to Go Digital: "Staring ahead at jars of cotton balls and a box of latex gloves on a counter, you notice the doctor standing beside you. He anesthetizes your right arm, just above your elbow, then, after a few minutes, takes a syringe and injects a small microchip into your arm. The whole procedure takes less than 20 minutes, and you're out of there in no time.

You've officially been chipped.

Hospitals now have easy access to your medical records, police can track you if you get kidnapped and you can do all your shopping without your wallet.

Though some liken the scenario to a George Orwell novel, this is not science-fiction.

It could soon be reality.

In October, The Food and Drug Administration approved an implantable chip, known as the VeriChip, that provides doctors quick access to medical information by just scanning a patient�s arm. "


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