There’s a Spy Under Your Pillow

Bedlinen, a sweater, toothpaste, cereal and even notepaper; you’re under surveillance with every purchase you make. It equates to a stake-out in your own home and they call it SMART DUST.

With RFID powder created by Hitachi, it is easier than ever for businesses and even governments to keep tabs on your activities.

Sound crazy? Not according the the book by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre. “SPYCHIPS: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track your Every Move with RFID”.

The chips, which are so small, they appear to be a “powder”, like pepper. The chips have a 128-bit ROM for storing a unique 38-digit ID number. The ultimate in miniaturization technology, Hitachi uses electron beams to write data on the chip substrates. At 5 microns thick, the RFID chips can will be embedded in sheets of paper, food, clothing, and more.

How it all began:

In the 1990s, Kristofer S. J. Pister (“Kris Pister“), a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of California, Berkeley and  the founder and CTO of Dust Networks, conceived a future where the earth would be sprinkled with tiny sensors, no bigger than a grain of rice, called smart dust. Smartdust is a hypothetical system of many tiny microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) such as sensors, robots, or other devices, that can detect, for example, light, temperature, vibration, magnetism or chemicals; are usually networked wirelessly; and are distributed over some area to perform tasks, usually sensing. What they would be able to sense is people, their movements, and what they are doing, buying habits, and more. Embed these chips in products you buy, theoretically your credit card company can see that you used your card to buy a certain brand of toothpaste from a certain retailer in a certain geographical location, how often you use it, when you throw it out, just as an example. Because they are communicating wirelessly with other smart dust chips, the possibilities are endless.

“SmartDust” powder shown here next to a human hair.

Let’s not forget about implanting RFID chips into pets, and even humans. Make no mistake, this is not crazy science fiction or conspiracy…

Have you taken your pet to the veterinarian lately to be micro-chipped? That is an RFID chip they are implanting into Fido, and human implantable chips are indeed a reality. The same company that makes your pet microchips, also makes human implantable chips. Starting out as Verichip, in 2010 they merged and changed their name to Positive ID, where the manufacture of chips for human implantation are designed and manufactured, which leaves the question…

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