Innovations and the Future

Hello, and thank you for visiting this section of my site. If you are new to my site, allow me to take a minute and introduce myself. My name is Michael Vieau, and I am currently working towards my doctorate in cybersecurity at Colorado Technical University (CTU). My day job is a penetration tester, and I work part-time as an adjunct professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). I am pursuing my doctorate so that I can one day take up a fulltime professor position, along with performing researching in the cybersecurity field as it relates to non-medial implantable technology.

I was asked to create a blog that is related to a class that I am taking at CTU. The overall theme of my site is a place for me to write about the various things that I find interesting and thought someone else might enjoy learning about too. I do not pretend to know everything, and I believe we learn best through failing and trying again. This is why I try to add information to my site even when I have failed at a task to help show the process I went through. In keeping with the theme of this site, this section will contain information related to the class I am currently in, which is entitled: Futuring and Innovation (CS875).

So far, the class has given me an opportunity to explore ideas related to how we will use and work with technology in the future. Given my research interest in non-medial implantable technology, I hope to learn a great deal from this class and work towards making implantable technology the new normal. Overall, I can see this particular class helping me refine my research ideas so that I will be able to contribute to this new frontier of human augmentation with technology.

If you look back at my posts on this site, you will surely notice they are not very consistent. That inconsistency is the main reason I decided to create my class blog on this site. I am hopeful that I will get into a ‘groove’ of writing and adding content to this site since I will be required to complete regular posts for my assignments. Once I can find my writing groove, I hope to continue regular contributions to my site.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience of this class with you. Until next time.

  • Michael

NFC Implant Removal – Update #1

The first attempt at removing the implant did not go as planed. Using our prep kit we sat down and started getting to work.
Prep kit
We shaved my hand, cleaned it with using iodine and got to cutting.

Since the chip was in the side of my hand it was difficult to feel. The implant site was still visible, so we took an educated guess on the location of the chip.
Injection Site
My friend Adam wielding the scalpel took a few cuts at my hand and we were in.

After a while of feeling my hand and around the inside with tweezers were no closer to locating the chip. I know the chip is there because I can scan it with my phone. After a bit longer we gave up. My friend Adam was starting to worry about the time the wound was open.

So I plan to let my hand heal for a bit and try to figure out the chips true location.
I am not sure how to do that yet but that is part of the game, learning, and research.

– Michael

NFC Implant Removal

I have had implants for a few years now and this is the first time I have to have one removed. You can find some good information and advice out there on how to remove a chip, but I am still a bit apprehensive since we have never tried this before.

Since I live in Wisconsin I have an issue locating a professional to help with the implantation or removal of an implant. To-date I have had two of my implants put in by a friend of mine. This same friend will be helping to take it out.

We will be taking it out tonight after work and we do plan to film the removal. I will be making a post of how it goes with pictures.

I am also working on another post that talks about the implant and the work in trying to figure out what went wrong. To be clear, it is not infected or any medical need to take it out. The implant simply does not work as expected.

The NFC chip has a 2k memory space for user data. After implanting I was experimenting with uploading data such as URLs and a vCard to the chip. After I was able to get the chip to read/write successfully I attempted to write 1.8k to the card (several hundred bytes short of the maximum.) I received a write error and ever since that attempt I am unable to write over 140 bytes to the chip.

I am working with the seller to figure out the issue. We tried many things with different apps to try and reset the chip. Our last effort is to have the chip removed so that we can examine it more closely and perform more troubleshooting.

I hope to have an update tomorrow on how the removal went.

– Michael