RFID tags are small devices incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio waves. They are descended from devices initially developed for espionage. Conspiracy theorists are concerned about the potential loss of privacy inherent
in these devices, notably with regards to their appearance in $20 bills.
Now IBM has announced a Vietnam pilot project to attach RFID tags to shrimp which should
provide useful data regarding freshness, maximum temperature during shipment and other
food safety issues.
Ultimately this might enable seafood distributors to determine where during shipment
problems leading to low quality or ruined product have cropped up.
Although the shrimps' privacy is being violated, we all end up with a safer food supply.
Now that's a conspiracy we can all be in on.
Curt runs a resource management software firm in Austin Texas