The Secret Genius of Modern Life

| November 11, 2022

Earlier in the year, the RSGB was approached by the BBC to find experts to contribute to two episodes of its planned series The Secret Genius of Modern Life.

For episode one, which takes a look at the bank card, Neil Smith, G4DBN re-created the Great Seal Bug – a wooden seal, gifted to the US embassy in Moscow in 1945, and which contained a covert listening device. The technology developed for the bug was an early example of RFID, which is what allows contactless card payments to work.

Neil has put a huge amount of time, effort and expertise into this, for which we are very grateful.

You can watch the series on BBC iPlayer.

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