What if you could wear your computer or smartphone as a neck tattoo someday?
Motorola has patented the concept of an "electronic skin tattoo" for your throat, equipped with an "embedded microphone" and "a transceiver for enabling wireless communication." This futuristic tattoo would help you communicate with smartphones, personal computers or other "mobile communication devices."
Check out the complete patent application at this link:
Electronic tattoo, which can be applied to a region of the body via an adhesive, is further comprised of a controller, a personal area network (PAN) transceiver, audio circuitry, a power supply, and a signal processor… Controller of electronic tattoo can be configured to execute programs or instructions to enable communicative coupling of the electronic tattoo to external electronic devices such as a smartphone, a gaming device, a tablet computer, a wearable computer, for example.”
The application also hinted at the lie–detecting possibilities of this tattoo, as it could potentially include a “galvanic skin response detector” that could measure and reveal your body’s physical reactions.
The Atlantic senior editor Alexis Madrigal explored the implications of such a device:
The User could have a screen on his throat that turns orange when he starts sweating because he’s a liar. Everything will be clear to his business associates and loved ones, from the timber of his voice to the content of his character. Who would not want to live in this world?”
Melville House’s Dustin Kurtz wrote about the implication of this truth–telling tech for writers:
Our most effective social lubricant, the falsehood, would become so much grit in the wheels. Only psychopaths could be politicians. What relationship could survive? But of course the most adversely affected, as with all big inventions, would be the poor novelists.”
What do you think? Would the convenience of a wearable computer outweigh the potential privacy issues of this theoretical device?
The problem with every type of spy equipment is that those it is being used to spy upon must take measures to defend against the device. It is always safer to assume every spy is using it and take appropriate measures, whether or not there in any real proof. This is why journalists and doctors and human rights monitors have such a problem with CIA and others using their professions as covers. To be safe, the bad guys must assume everyone is CIA and therefore torture everyone indiscriminately. So now, regular journalists are going to get their throats slit because they might have an e–skin tattoo?
As for skin discoloration as yet another “lie detector” device. Psycho liar killers are sociopaths who do not sweat or experience a raise in blood pressure when lying. They therefore fool lie detector machines easily. Normal people sometimes get “caught” when they’re not even lying, just because the accusation is so upsetting to their system.
If we become a society in which we are not even allowed the occasional “white lie” to ease social situations, we’re doomed to become self–censoring automatons scared to initiate anything outside the lines that might be considered deceptive or rebellious. Since we often have to lie to secure a better job, which we then thrive in or lose according to our abilities finally being allowed to be tested, a world without minor deceptions means a society with no promotions, no personal growth, anti–innovation and risk–taking. So where you’re born is where you stay. The corporate controllers’ paranoid need to police our lives outside of work hours (the reason for lie detectors) thus embeds the spirit of the caste system in our democracy. It’s a cancer we don’t need.
Do you think it would possible in this uber-“recorded” society for you to delete all records of yourself so you could go completely “off the grid?”