RFIDs embedded in your U.S. passport, encoded with your identity, and able to be read at a distance?
GPS devices mandated by law, installed in every single new car, so that the state can monitor your every movement and tax you based on the milage you drive?
It’s not 1984, the Sequel. It’s 2004, the Reality. Both of these measures seem likely before the end of 2005.
California is seriously considering requiring that every single new car in California be fitted with a GPS device which will enable the state to track where the car goes, and how many miles the car has driven between gas fill-ups. This will allow the state, which is seeing gasoline tax revenues fall as trendy, green Californians keep snapping up hybrid cars, to tax each and every motorist – at the gas pump – based on how many miles they have driven from the last gas pump.
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And if you think that this is some bizarre totalitarian scheme which could only come from the mind of an Austrian who plans to change the United States constitution so that he can run for president, the prototype for this GPS tracking model is already in the works in Oregon, where Utah, New York, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, along with California, are “closely watching for the results”
On the Federal level, it has been announced that all U.S. passports will have RFID chips embedded in them by the end of the coming year (2005), and that Congress is considering a similar requirement for all U.S. driver’s licenses.
Given that the embedding of identity chips has been used in pets for years, and that it was announced just last month that the FDA has approved embedding chips in people for “insurance identification purposes”, the only thing at which I’m is surprised is that it took so long to get to this point with paper and cars.
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