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Patent for “killer chip” denied in Germany

A Saudi Arabian inventor has filed for a patent on a potentially lethal science fiction-style human tracking microchip, the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) said on Friday. But the macabre innovation that enables remote killing will likely be denied copyright protection.

The tiny electronic device, dubbed the “Killer Chip” by Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger, would be suited for tracking fugitives from justice, terrorists, illegal immigrants, criminals, political opponents, defectors, domestic help, and Saudi Arabians who don’t return home from pilgrimages.

After subcutaneous implantation, the chip would send out encrypted radio waves that would be tracked by satellites to confirm the person’s identity and whereabouts. An alternate model chip could reportedly release a poison into the carrier if he or she became a security risk.
Well, if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear. Am I right?

Incidentally, I had to go looking for an even slightly trustworthy English-language source for this story. For the most part the sites it has appeared on are either blogs reproducing it unquestioningly or the sources that they’re reproducing it from—that is, full-out “agenda news” agencies like Fox or Iran’s darkly amusing Press TV (sample headline: “Jews to blame for US recession”).


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May. 28th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Isn't the problem with this invention that, as soon as you decide to go rogue, you would just get somebody to cut out the chip?

This whole story seems like a black propaganda effort. Whoever wrote this article doesn't know the difference between patent and copyright, so they probably haven't checked any primary sources.

And there's no way something that small is going to "send out encrypted radio waves" which can be detected by satellites - it would surely be the other way around, like GPS. That, and the diagram in the article, suggests to me that the patent application is the work of a crank, rather than a real Saudi inventor.
May. 28th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
So if the patent is refused, anyone's free to manufacture the device? Result.
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May. 28th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
What do you think? The work of a madman?
May. 28th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
They seem to have included a chart of the periodic table as part of their patent application, which seems a little ... strange.
"Zer EVIL Killer Chip contains many elements such as zose shown in zer table!! You cannot hope to escape, Herr Bond!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!"
May. 28th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
I was sort of unfazed by it until I got to "domestic help". That seems a bit harsh. You clean badly: I blow up head, like in Scanners. Boof! No more head.
May. 28th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Don't Saudis already operate this system with their Filipino staff?
May. 28th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
I think using a satellite to blow up your help takes it to another level.
May. 28th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
an even slightly trustworthy English-language source

I am enjoying the related headlines:
* Perfectly preserved 300-year-old broom found in monk latrine - Society (27 May 09)
* Woman knee-deep in toilet drain for hours after fall - Society (26 May 09)
* Dachshund dies after adopting abandoned baby tiger - Society (21 May 09)

The dog in the last story is (and I regret the phrasing) Dead. Of. Cute.
May. 28th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
They have different food materials in London, and it will be fun for us to have luch and dinner at home there, too.
May. 28th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)

Commission x 6.
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