Academics are crazy characters. Cooped up in their rooms, lost deep within the labyrinthine halls of university corridors, they rarely emerge into the public glare, and if they do it's by means of wacky research, or fanciful notions of the future.
That's exactly what Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading has done, by "infecting" a chip that was inserted in his hand with a virus.
Gasson uses the chip in his hand to open doors and other futuristic things, but has had it infected to warn people of the DOOM that awaits us all when the chips we put in our bodies infect us with malware and spam.
Sneak can picture it now, a world of people walking around shouting "Pharma-meds for cheap $$$", "I am honourable cousin of great Nigerian leader...", or "Hey there, big boy...".
To be honest, given some of the people standing outside the Apple stores in the UK this morning for the iPad, Sneak thinks some members of the population are already infected with computer viruses, even if it is termed under the guise of brand loyalty.
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