Espionage technology we are all using
Moscow, August 4, 1945. The European chapter of World War II was over and the United States and the Soviet Union were considering their future relations.
At the US Embassy, a group of young boys from the Young Pioneer Organization of the Soviet Union presented a gift as a token of friendship between the two world powers.
He then presented a handmade American seal to US Ambassador to Russia Avery Harriman. It was later simply called The Thing.
Apparently, Herrmann’s office may have searched the decorative piece made of wood to see if it had any hidden devices, but no wires or batteries, so what harm could it have done?
So Herrmann hung the object in a prominent place on the wall of her study room, from where she listened to his private conversations for the next seven years.
Little did they know that the device was invented by Leon Thierryman, one of the most brilliant thinkers of the 20th century.
He was known for his revolutionary electronic instrument that could be played without touching.
1 Leon Thierryman performs a musical instrument bearing his name in Paris in 1927
He lived in the United States with his wife, Livinia Williams, but returned to the Soviet Union in 1938. His wife later said Leon had been abducted. But in any case, he was immediately sent to work in a prison camp where he was forced to design ‘The Thing’ along with other hearing aids.
Sometime later, American radio operators found that the US ambassador’s speech was being broadcast on the airwaves. But the broadcasts were unpredictable: a search of the embassy did not reveal where the radio waves were coming from. The search for this secret was about to begin.
The device that could hear the ambassador’s speech was inside The Thing. And it was a very simple antenna with a silver membrane made into a mic and hidden in a small box. It didn’t have a battery or any other source of energy, because The Thing didn’t need it.
The device would be activated when Soviet scientists sent radio waves to the US embassy. It draws energy from the incoming signals and broadcasts the conversation back. This device would also be muted when the Soviet signal was turned off.
Like Thiruman’s mysterious musical instrument, The Thing may seem like a technological puzzle, but the concept of a device that sends information back by activating radio signals is much broader.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are being used almost everywhere in the age of modern technology.
I also have a tag in my passport and a similar tag in my credit card that can be used to pay by turning to an RFID reader.
Library books also often have tags, while airlines often use them to track passengers’ luggage, while shops use it to prevent theft.
(2) On May 26, 1960, the United States pointed it out to the United Nations
Some of them have a source of current but most of them get energy from a radio signal coming towards them like a therapeutic device. This lowers their value and the low price is the reason for their popularity.
Allied aircraft used the same form of RFID during World War II. When radar sent waves to an airplane, a device called a transponder would send a signal back to the radar, meaning “We are your companions, don’t hit us.”
But as the size of the circuits made of silicone began to decrease, so did the idea of tags that you could apply to items much cheaper than airplanes.
Like bar codes, RFID tags can be used to quickly identify something.
But unlike barcodes, they can be scanned automatically and do not need to be aligned with specific lighting. Some tags can be read from several feet away, some with errors but also in aggregates.
And they can store a lot more than just a bar code so that not only can an item be identified, but the tag can also be stored where and when that particular item is. Was prepared.
RFID tags were also used in the 1970s to monitor train cars and cattle.
The shirt has an RFID tag that instructs it to be removed before wearing or washing.
But by the early 2000s, Tesco, Wal-Mart, and the US Department of Defense began demanding that their suppliers affix tags to the goods they were delivering. As a result, RFID tags began to appear everywhere.
Some enthusiastic people even put RFID tags on their bodies, which made it easier for them to open doors or get on the subway with just a hand gesture.
In 1999, Kevin Ashton, who worked for Procter & Gamble, a home appliance company, coined a new term for all the excitement surrounding RFID. a world in which everything is connected to something else,” he said.
But soon all the excitement about RFID turned to flashy products, including smartphones, smartwatches, smart thermostats, smart speakers, and even smart cars, introduced in 2007.
Not only products but RFID can also be used for cattle tracking
All of these products are innovative, have enormous computing power, but are also expensive and require a lot of energy.
When we talk about the Internet of Things today, we are not talking about RFIDs, we are talking about these devices. It will be a world of sophisticated engineering in which your toaster will be in touch with your fridge for no reason, while remote-controlled sex toys will also have information about your habits which we consider to be very personal.
We may not be surprised to find ourselves living in an age that sociologist Shoshana Zubov calls surveillance capitalism or ‘spy capitalism’. In this day and age, keeping an eye on people’s personal lives is a popular business model.
But in the midst of all this excitement and thought, RFID is quietly engaged in its work and I can bet that its heyday is yet to come.
Ashton’s view of the Internet of Things was simple: computers would need data if they were to understand the real world, not just the electronic world.
Humans have other tasks better than working with this data, so things will be created to provide this information to the computer itself, which will make the real world more understandable in the digital sense.
Joan Chung Wai Yi, a professor at Angkor Polytechnic University, demonstrates an RFID system that prevents errors in prescription drugs.
Many people now have smartphones but things do not have smartphones. RFID can be a low-cost way to track these things.
Even if most of the tags just say ‘I’m here!’ To an RFID reader passing by, that would be enough for computers to learn about the real world.
Tags can open doors, track instruments, devices, and even medicines, automate production, and expedite small payments.
RFID may not have the same power and flexibility as a smartwatch or a self-driving car, but it is low cost and small technology, so low cost and so small that it can be used to tag hundreds of billions of things.
And it doesn’t even need batteries. Anyone who thinks it doesn’t matter should read about Leon Thirimanne again.