Well, right now I'm in possession of a chipped personal ID. A "new" gadget and I was one of the first generations to receive one in Belgium, even though I have one for about 2 years now (also due to the fact that I live in m$'s sandbox, I-city). I'm not sure if other countries have it, and if they do, America is prolly there.
I like that idea. I'm glad Texas one of the forerunners.
But HiddenKinshin had a point about interferance.
One major thing is should the City of Houston be spenind money like this on the internet? If they have lack of housing like my town (also in texas) or a crime rate like San Antonio, then they should spend it on addressing those issues I think.
It's an ID, that looks and feels like your average debit card, with an integrated chip with a PIN code. This chip contains your personal info, but also, for example, your social security information(we have no such thing as a social security number, though), your possible illnesses and allergies(should you get committed into the hospital, alone and unconsious. No time would be wasted getting your bloodgroup and possible past incidents or affections, etc...), your criminal record. It can serve as a digital signature, it can even be used to replace the library card. It can be used to confirm a reservation at a hotel quick and easy, or to digitally sign your emails. It can be used to easily fill out and submit your taxes online. Some companies use it as an access card, along with your PIN code. It's still FAR from full implementation, but imagine all of the crimes it would undo. No more identity theft, no more frauds and scams. A whole lot of information can be channeled through this system quick and easy.
On the other hand, it imposes a little bit of a "Big Brother" scenario. Everything is tracked, updated and stored onto that chip.
I also forgot the link about i-City!