Location and interactive services not only at your fingertips but under your skin

Rodney Ip, Katina Michael, M. G. Michael

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Abstract

This paper explores the work of Professor Kevin Warwick, a researcher in the Department of Cybernetics at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, who has played a major role in propelling the science of humancentric chip implantation. On the 24th of August 1998, just over a decade ago, Professor Warwick became the first man to officially implant a radio-frequency identification (RFID) transponder under his skin. This paper explores Warwick's achievements, motivations, and chipping experience, offering a unique insight into the ethical dilemmas and controversy surrounding implantable devices for identification purposes, interactive environments and the potential for location-based services. The authors employed a qualitative research strategy. A case study of Professor Kevin Warwick and his research endeavors are presented in a narrative form. The study used three approaches to collect data for the case study- (i) an email questionnaire, (ii) a primary interview, and (iii) secondary documentary sources about Warwick. The data itself is analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The outcome of the research is a contextual account of Warwick's motivations towards the scientific study of implantable computing for the sake of medical progress; one of the approaches which (at least in this instance) underpins chip implant research for human benefit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS '09
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS '09 - Tempe, AZ, United States
Duration: May 18 2009May 20 2009

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings

Conference

Conference2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS '09
CountryUnited States
CityTempe, AZ
Period5/18/095/20/09

Keywords

  • Chip implants
  • Cybernetics
  • Interactive environment
  • Kevin Warwick
  • Location services
  • Ubiquitous computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Ip, R., Michael, K., & Michael, M. G. (2009). Location and interactive services not only at your fingertips but under your skin. In Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS '09 [5155903] (International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTAS.2009.5155903