Want to make a name for yourself? Why not take up the discipline of science and come up with something different? This is what Dr. Mark Gasson from the University of Reading did, being the first man worldwide to be infected with a virus – of the computer sort, of course. This was made possible by inserting a contaminated computer chip into his hand. The device which allows him to go through security doors and activate his cellphone, is but a sophisticated version of ID chips used to tag pets. Trials has shown that this chip was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems, and should other implanted chips be connected to the system, they will be corrupted as well. This brings up the issue of future medical devices that could be contaminated by other human implants, and the result could be deadly – imagine your pacemaker shutting down halfway without you knowing it. Does this mean those with implants will need to install Norton Antivirus Implant 2015 down the road? Hopefully Over-The-Air (OTA) updates will be available for the virus definitions…

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