Transnational Survey Results on Microchipping Humans for Medical and Non-medical Applications

This workshop will present results from two large-scale surveys conducted on the topic of radiofrequency identification (RFID) implants. RFID implants can be considered an emerging technology
that has predominantly been applied by hobbyists to custom digital projects. More recently however, it has been considered as a possible mechanism toward digital transformation in a variety of contexts. The first online survey conducted in 2012 included transnational participants from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and India with 2,556  respondents. The second online survey conducted in 2013 focused on Greece, and had 530 respondents. The survey asked respondents to consider whether they would adopt RFID implants for a variety of applications including: banking, electronic medical records, for health applications like measuring vital signs, for authentication services like passwords, for home physical security, and for government identification. The survey also asked respondents whether they considered RFID implants as plausible solution for convicted criminals, illegal immigration and convicted  errorists. The survey also provided a qualitative open question regarding why respondents would or would not adopt RFID implantables in the future.

Speaker Biography

Prof. Katina Michael is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.
Previously Michael was associate dean international at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia, where she was employed in the School of Computing and Information Technology since 2002. She has held visiting academic appointments at Nanjing University (China) and the University of Southampton (U.K.) and has taught at the Singapore Institute of Management, as well as overseeing UOW engineering and information science courses in eight campuses in five countries. She was previously employed as a senior network engineer at Nortel Networks (1996–2001). She has also worked as a systems analyst at Andersen Consulting (1996) and OTIS Elevator Company (1994).

Michael has published six edited books, as well as coauthored two 500-page reference volumes: “Innovative Automatic Identification and Location Based Services: from Bar Codes to Chip Implants,” co-authored with MG Michael (Hershey, PA: IGI, 2009), and “Uberveillance: Social Implications” (Hershey, PA: IGI, 2014), co-edited with MG Michael. She has written more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. She researches predominantly in the area of emerging technologies, and has secondary interests in technologies used for national security and their corresponding social implications.

Katina has been the guest editor of fourteen special issues including the Proceedings of the IEEE, Computer, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE Potentials, Journal of Location-Based Services, Computer Communications, Electronic Commerce Research, and Prometheus. She was the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (2012-2017), and has been senior editor for IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine since 2015.

In 2017, Michael was awarded the Brian M. O’Connell Distinguished Service Award from the Society for the Social Implications of Technology. She is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, which will be launched in 2020.