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The future of technology?

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The Parthenon

Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 23:11

Google, have you gone too far?
Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google, has filed for a patent for a temporary electronic tattoo, complete with a microphone, which would stick to the user’s throat via adhesive. The tattoo would connect with smartphones and other mobile devices.

And here’s the biggest kicker, the tattoo could also function as a lie detector. How? The tattoo may be able to decipher the emotions or attitudes of the wearer by detecting skin resistance.

The rationale for this product is that it will better cancel out noise that often makes phone calls in crowded areas difficult. It will also allow users to be completely hands free as the tattoo would recognize voice commands.

Whether the tattoo will ever be produced is up in the air. At this time, it’s just a patent, and patents rarely ever become products. The mere idea, however, is enough to raise eyebrows, especially considering the product’s ability to serve as a lie detector.

How shocked should we be though? Our society has reached a point where we are dependent on our cell phones and mobile devices. They don’t leave our hands, so why not attach them to our bodies?
Beyond that, Google is one of the largest tech companies in the world. Its most recent venture into new technology was Google Glass, the hands-free, smartphone-like glasses. It makes sense for them to push the boundaries with ideas such as the electronic neck tattoo, even if it is only a patent at this point.

Hesitation is understandable at this stage in the game. There’s concern over the way this technology would be used, or abused, and that’s fair, but we’ve held those same concerns when it comes to the technology we now use every day.

Chances are it will take a while before this ever comes to fruition, but the reality is this is where our technology is heading, as Orwellian as it may sound, and we should be ready for it.

 

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