When I was a kid, and my mom forced us to go to the Baptist church (not a bad thing) one memory I had was in fifth grade being taught the Book of Revelation.
This was WAYYY Before Tim LaHaye's "left behind" series. One book we read, was "666" that describe such WEIRD futuristic stuff, such as a cashless society, paying for things with PLASTIC cards, Embedded pieces of plastic, being able to be located anywhere, and limiting your movements if you don't have the right "Marks".
SO much of this...Paying at the pump with a credit card, DEBIT cards, Tracking in your Cell phone or ON STAR, We are here. and frankly...IT SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME.
By TODD LEWAN, AP National Writer Sat Jan 26, 12:16 PM ET
Here's a vision of the not-so-distant future:
_Microchips with antennas will be embedded in virtually everything you buy, wear, drive and read, allowing retailers and law enforcement to track consumer items — and, by extension, consumers — wherever they go, from a distance.
_A seamless, global network of electronic "sniffers" will scan radio tags in myriad public settings, identifying people and their tastes instantly so that customized ads, "live spam," may be beamed at them.
In truth, much of the radio frequency identification technology that enables objects and people to be tagged and tracked wirelessly already exists — and new and potentially intrusive uses of it are being patented, perfected and deployed.
Some of the world's largest corporations are vested in the success of RFID technology, which couples highly miniaturized computers with radio antennas to broadcast information about sales and buyers to company databases.
Already, microchips are turning up in some computer printers, car keys and tires, on shampoo bottles and department store clothing tags. They're also in library books and "contactless" payment cards (such as American Express' "Blue" and ExxonMobil's "Speedpass.")
Companies say the RFID tags improve supply-chain efficiency, cut theft, and guarantee that brand-name products are authentic, not counterfeit. At a store, RFID doorways could scan your purchases automatically as you leave, eliminating tedious checkouts.
Read the link....and your skin will crawl.