by Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution:
As the world continues to advance technologically, so do more initiatives that encroach on our basic human rights. It seems we’re on our way to becoming a card-less, cashless society. Remember when our credit and debit cards didn’t have a chip, and we had to sign for our purchases? Well, they got a chip, and the next step might be a chip inside of our body, and not inside of the card.
In fact, microchip implants in humans are already on the market. For example, an American company called Applied Digital Solutions (ADS) has developed one approximately the size of a grain of rice, and has already had it approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for distribution and implementation. (source)
Not long ago, Ex DARPA director and Google Executive (now a Facebook executive), Regina Dugan, was promoting the idea of microchipping humans. You can view that clip here.
Ask yourself, what if this becomes a requirement for authentication and identification? To withdraw money or go to the grocery store, to access your health card, social security information or passport.. Would you do it?
Last year, a Wisconsin company held a ‘chip party’ to microchip their workers, as the Chicago Tribune points out:
“A brief sting is all employees of a Wisconsin technology company said they felt Tuesday when they received a microchip implant in their hand that will allow them to open doors, log onto computers or buy breakroom snacks by simply waving their hand.
Three Square Market, also known as 32M, said 41 of its 85 employees agreed to be voluntarily microchipped during a “chip party” at company headquarters in River Falls.”
Another example would be the Swedish technology firm, Epicener. Over 100 employees there agreed to have a microchip implanted inside their hands, which allows them to open doors and use electronic devices more efficiently.
Although it’s claimed that the data in these microchips is encrypted and does not use GPS (so we cannot be tracked and private information obtained), who really knows if that’s true. With all of the leaks from Edward Snowden, and now the revelations about Facebook and how much they’ve creeped into their users private lives via storing data, is this something we can really trust? The concerning thing is that it’s creeping towards being the norm, as the technology is slowly being used and developed by multiple countries around the world.