Using the VeriChip ID system to replace credit cards
See also: Tough sell ahead for the VeriChip implant ID system
From: Richard M. Smith [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 2:36 PM
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: My comments about today's CBN article on VeriChip
Hi Dr. Kickasola,
I just saw your quote in today's CBN article about the VeriChip identification system:
A Microchip Makes Its Mark: VeriChip & the Beast
"My judgment is, no they do not," Kickasola said. "I think
it's both illogical and unfair to make that assertion, and
let me tell you why. I think the Bible clearly says the mark
of the Beast is for buying and selling and that it is also
coerced, it's government enforced. On the face of it, these
microchips are for good purposes, like for medical records,
like for lost children. They're not for buying or selling,
as is described in the book of Revelation."
Not being a Biblical scholar, I can't really comment on the book of Revelation.
However as a technologist, it is pretty clear to me that the VeriChip identification
system can replace credit cards as more convenient and secure method of paying for
goods and services. A VeriChip couldn't be lost or stolen like a credit card.
In addition, I believe that the technology makes it difficult for the crooks to
duplicate someone's ID number.
In commerce, I would expect that the VeriChip identification system to be used
much the SpeedPass system from ExxonMobil is used today:
This system makes use of a key ring gadget to replace a credit card at self-service
stations to buy gas. This system is now being expanded to MacDonald's. In theory,
it can work any place of business that accepts credit cards and has a SpeedPass reader.
A VeriChip payment system would work just like a SpeedPass, except a person would
just wave their hand by a reader instead of a SpeedPass. I think that both consumers
and merchants would find such a payment system very convenient to use.
Even though someone might originally have a VeriChip installed in their hand as a
medical id tag, the same chip could also be used in a payment system like I've outlined.
The business development folks at Applied Digital Systems are almost surely
interested in the payment system market for VeriChip. It is the ultimate market
for this technology because they get to sell chips to every person who uses a
credit card today and readers to every merchant.
Richard M. Smith