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"...if you want to know what your future looks like, don't waste your time on Analog; read Time magazine. We are already saturated in the future. "
- Peter Watts

Freedom ID  
  A chip inserted into the hand for identification (and surveillance) purposes.  

About a third of the people in Manhattan have replaced their Freedom Card with a radio-frequency chip about the size of a vitamin pill. The chip is usually inserted beneath the skin on the back of the hand, and the procedure leaves a distinctive scar... The chip is detected whenever you take the subway, enter a department story, or walk into a government building...
From Spark, by John Twelve Hawks.
Published by Knopf in 2014
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Compare to the implanted microprocessor monitor from William Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer, the skull bugs from Alfred Bester's 1974 novel The Computer Connection and the tracking bracelet from Patricia Jo Clayton's 1990 novel Shadowspeer.

Take a look at IBM's lighthearted video on chipping yourself and the world of convenience that will open up to you (2009):

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Freedom ID-related news articles:
  - XPrize's Diamandis Implants RFID Tag In Hand
  - RFID Chip Implants Required In Epicenter Office Block In Sweden

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