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‘Human barcode’ could make society more organized but invades privacy, civil liberties
「人體條碼」有助社會秩序 但侵犯隱私、自由

A Bonhams employee looks at Banksy’s Leopard and Barcode at Bonhams auction house in London on March 23.

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Would you barcode your baby?

Microchip implants have become standard practice for our pets, but have been a tougher sell when it comes to the idea of putting them in people.

Science fiction author Elizabeth Moon rekindled the debate on whether it is a good idea to “barcode” infants at birth in an interview on a BBC radio program.

“I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached — a barcode if you will — an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals,” she said on The Forum.

In her opinion, human barcoding would save a lot of time and money.

The proposal is not too far-fetched — it is already technically possible to “barcode” a human — but does it violate our rights to privacy?

“Once we let the government and businesses go down the road of nosing around in our lives ... we are going to quickly lose all our privacy,” Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Daily News.

(Liberty Times)










1. rekindle v.


(chong2 xin1 dian3 ran2, huan4 qi3)

例: His letter rekindled my memories of those good old days.


2. far-fetched adj.


(bu2 qie4 shi2 ji4 de5; qian1 qiang2 de5)

例: Your far-fetched excuses are not convincing.


3. nose around v .phr.

四處查探 (si4 chu4 cha2 tan4)

例: Police officers are nosing around in the neighborhood for clues.


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