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"It's hard to tell stories about critters that are not human. John W. Campbell tried it, in "Twilight," and everybody says it's a wonderful story, and nobody ever reads it twice."
- Jerry Pournelle

Barker  
  A device that scans for nearby medical implants, and allows the operator to take control.  

Jiminy had not been certain the barker would work as intended. With a slapjob barker you never did know. It was supposed to identify anyone, Meld or Natural, who was burdened with a fib, pump, adjunct, pacemaker, flexstent, or just about any other variety of artificial heart or heart accessory - and at the push of a button, stop it.
From The Human Blend, by Alan Dean Foster.
Published by Del Rey in 2010
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I can't really call this one a prediction, since there have been well-publicized concerns about the ability of hackers to get into medical implants (see the 2008 story Kill Switch For Pacemakers (And Countermeasures)).

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