Human Enhancement: Could you become infected with a computer virus?

@article{Gasson2010HumanEC,
  title={Human Enhancement: Could you become infected with a computer virus?},
  author={Mark Gasson},
  journal={2010 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society},
  year={2010},
  pages={61-68}
}
  • M. Gasson
  • Published 7 June 2010
  • Engineering
  • 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society
Experiments demonstrating human enhancement through the implantation of technology in healthy humans have been performed for over a decade by some academic research groups. More recently, technology enthusiasts have begun to realize the potential of implantable technology such as glass capsule RFID transponders. In this paper it is argued that implantable RFID devices have evolved to the point whereby we should consider the devices themselves as simple computers. Presented here is the infection… 

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