June 6, 2013
Although talk of biotechnology-based tattoos and nanotech pills has been circulating in the tech world for quite some time, a recent report in the Daily Mail entitled, “The hi-tech tattoo that could replace ALL your passwords: Motorola reveals plans for ink and even pills to identify us,” serves as an official introduction of the technology to a world of trendy consumers who will no doubt gobble up the devices as if they were a hot meal.
Covering the discussions taking place at the D11 conference in California in late May, Victoria Woollaston reports that Motorola announced their intention to release and market the digital tattoos, known as BioStamps, for the purpose of creating an alternative to traditional password logins.
The BioStamp tattoos were actually developed by a Massachusetts-based engineering company known as MC10, for the alleged purpose of helping “medical teams measure the health of their patients either remotely, or without the need for large expensive machinery.”
It should be noted, however, that MC10 is also heavily involved in the defense industry, as virtually all of the firms developing such potentially Orwellian technology almost always are. It is thus interesting indeed to see a company involved in the Defense industry, which is largely concerned with reducing the lifespan of human beings, developing technology under the premise of humanitarian concerns like “monitoring the health of their patients.” That is, unless there is some other ulterior motive for the development of such technology.
Nevertheless, the BioStamp tattoos are impressive pieces of technology. As Woolaston describes them: