Good intelligence has always been essential for human survival. Its significance, however, has grown tremendously as a result of a rapid increase in information activities. Consequently, we are fully justified to talk about an intelligence revolution.
The EU policy related to information society is to be divided into two time periods: the first, from 1994 to 1999, is associated with the name of Bangemann and with a distinctive European way to information society; the second, after 1999, is associated with the name of Prodi and with the activities in the direction of information society for all.
In recent years RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology based on information carriers, called transponders, has spread rapidly. The contents of transponders can be read and changed at a distance.