1994-08-08 - RE: CreditCard info

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From: rah@shipwright.com (Robert Hettinga)
To: Brian Lane <nobody@shell.portal.com
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UTC Datetime: 1994-08-08 12:46:46 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 8 Aug 94 05:46:46 PDT

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From: rah@shipwright.com (Robert Hettinga)
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 94 05:46:46 PDT
To: Brian Lane <nobody@shell.portal.com
Subject: RE: CreditCard info
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At 11:49 PM 8/7/94 -0500, Brian Lane wrote:

> ....in 10 years all
>newborns will have a small uP implanted into their hand(ala Demolition
>Man) that will keep track of all their electronic data. Scares the crap
>out of me.

We just had thread about that. I had brought up Gerry O'Neill's old book
"2081", which had a discussion of buying things by picking them up and
walking away with them (everything, including you, had an identifying
transponder).  There was some talk about Xerox PARC's work with
transponders in their "Ubiquitous Computing" office concept.

What I didn't understand was how to implement Esther Dyson's idea about
people owning all their personal information and protecting all that
"property" with strong crypto. Paradoxically, I bet both these ideas
(transponders and personal information as property through strong crypto)
can work together.

Bob Hettinga

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