The Cyborg Family
from the publicity-stunts-r-us dept
Ugh. If the Register has been having fun with Kevin Warwick, aka "Captain Cyborg" for always wanting to implant microchips in himself, they should have a blast with the family described in this Wired article. It seems that the whole family wants to be the first family to have the new VeriChip implanted in themselves, as soon as it's approved by the FDA. It's actually a bit freaky reading about the family, because they seem so gullible. If they didn't exist, the company that makes the chip would probably have to invent them. There's the 14-year-old son who wants the chip because "it's cool" (he seems to be confusing "scary, big brotherish, and effectively useless" with "cool"). The father wants the chip because he thinks it could save his life in a medical emergency (he's making the huge assumption that hospitals and medical personnel will have systems to read the chip - he might be better off just carrying around his medical insurance card like the rest of us). The mother is simply the poster woman for the new, "safer" America. She says, "I have nothing to hide, so I wouldn't mind having the chip for verification." Perhaps she's somehow related to John Ashcroft? This all smells of a huge publicity stunt.