Steve Halliday, then vice president of technology at AIM, a trade association for manufacturers of tagging (RFID) technology, interviewed by Charlie Schmidt in 2001, claimed: “If I talk to companies and ask them if they want to replace the barcode with these tags, the answer can’t be anything but yes. It’s like giving them the opportunity to rule the world.”
It takes a strong mental effort to realize that it is your own situation, the very model that supports you, that needs changing instead of looking at a pristine situation that looks more suitable. Even more difficult is to realize that it is possible to build a similar pragmatic cybernetics and to start working towards that with likeminded people. A successful Digital Transition means the best possible feedback on our physical and mental health, the best possible deals based on real time monitoring for resource allocation, the best possible decision making based on real time data and information from open sources and the best possible alignments of my local providers with the global potential of wider communities.
Beyond the Bar Code - High-tech tags will let manufacturers track products from warehouse to home to recycling bin. But what’s great for logistics could become a privacy nightmare. By Charlie Schmidt, March 2001.