Legislators in Papua, the part of New Guinea which is part of Indonesia, want to fit all HIV patients with microchips.
John Manangsang, a supporter of the bill, says the chip would let public officials:
identify, track and punish people living with HIV/AIDS in the country's province of Papua who intentionally spread the virus with a $5,000 fine or up to six months in jail
These are not like the failed Verichips, which only carried identifiers. These would also include GPS technology.
They sound like the RFID GPS devices demonstrated by an outfit called Applied Digital Solutions five years ago.
Unfortunately APS became part of Digital Angel, which just executed an 8-1 reverse stock split and does not make implantable GPS chips for human use.
Verichip was also testing this technology in 2007, but dropped it over power requirements.
Manangsang called all this "a simple technology" in a Jakarta Post article but it's really not.
Papua has a serious problem. Manangsang, who says he is a doctor, estimates his state's HIV infection rate at 900 per 100,000, nearly 1% of the people there and 15 times the national rate.
Sometimes the technology just isn't up to your Orwellian fantasies, doc.