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Sociology of the docile body

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • © 2016 IEEE.Embedded radio-frequency identification, sensor technologies, biomedical devices and a new breed of nanotechnologies are now being commercialized within a variety of contexts and use cases. As these technologies gather momentum in the marketplace, consumers will need to navigate the changing cybernetic landscape. The trichotomy facing consumers are: (1) to adopt RFID implants as a means of self-expression or to resolve a technological challenge; (2) to adopt RFID implants for diagnostic or prosthetic purposes to aid in restorative health; as well as considerations (3) for enforced adoption stemming from institutional or organizational top-down control that has no direct benefit to the end-user. This paper uses the penal metaphor to explore the potential negative impact of enforced microchipping. The paper concludes with a discussion on the importance of protecting human rights and freedoms and the right to opt-out of sub-dermal devices.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Bradley-Munn, S., Michael, K. & Michael, M. (2016). Sociology of the docile body. International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings (pp. 38-43). Kerala India: IEEE.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85010420393

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/6520

Start Page


  • 38

End Page


  • 43

Place Of Publication


  • Kerala India

Abstract


  • © 2016 IEEE.Embedded radio-frequency identification, sensor technologies, biomedical devices and a new breed of nanotechnologies are now being commercialized within a variety of contexts and use cases. As these technologies gather momentum in the marketplace, consumers will need to navigate the changing cybernetic landscape. The trichotomy facing consumers are: (1) to adopt RFID implants as a means of self-expression or to resolve a technological challenge; (2) to adopt RFID implants for diagnostic or prosthetic purposes to aid in restorative health; as well as considerations (3) for enforced adoption stemming from institutional or organizational top-down control that has no direct benefit to the end-user. This paper uses the penal metaphor to explore the potential negative impact of enforced microchipping. The paper concludes with a discussion on the importance of protecting human rights and freedoms and the right to opt-out of sub-dermal devices.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Bradley-Munn, S., Michael, K. & Michael, M. (2016). Sociology of the docile body. International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings (pp. 38-43). Kerala India: IEEE.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85010420393

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/6520

Start Page


  • 38

End Page


  • 43

Place Of Publication


  • Kerala India