Google wants to let people index and search for lost possessions using RFID tags

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  • December 4, 2007
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

Google has ambitious plans not just to index the world’s documents but to index people and possessions as well.

In a move that will no doubt anger privacy campaigners Google has stated that they want to fit RFID tags to items that we often lose such as watches and mobile phones, as well as people.

The idea is that if we lose our phone or car keys we can turn to Google to find it. Thanks to the tiny RFID microchip embedded in the item Google will be able to track it down and pinpoint the location on a map. If all goes to plan the same technology would be able to find people too, the ultimate big brother search engine.

Google to index our lives with RFID

The details were leaked over the weekend in a Daily Mail article entitled Google is watching you.

One plan, which has already tentatively started, entails making literally everything in the world accessible at the click of a button.

….eventually, far-fetched as it sounds, Google boffins believe it can be extended to people and their personal belongings.

The idea is that we, and our treasured possessions, will be fitted with minute microchips which could be linked to the internet, via computers, by a digital radio frequency.

In this way, you would only have to type “Where is my watch” or “Find Joe Bloggs” into your PC or handheld computer, and Google could assist you.

The theory, at least, is that we will never lose anything and never be out of contact with oneanother – fine for parents wishing to check up on little Johnny at nursery, perhaps, but an unpalatable prospect for those who fear the temptation such a network would present to criminals or totalitarian regimes.

So, if Google can figure this out, we will all fit RFID tags into our car keys, watches, mobile phones and golf balls and when we lose them we can just search for them on Google with the results presumably displayed on a Google Map? Wow.

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