President, Barack Obama has promised a massive change to “modernize health care by making all health records standardized and electronic. This is especially true when you consider the advocates of implementing a program using so-called ‘v-chips’ containing all a person's medical information.
No one has said how much information will be contained in those implants. The company's executives have said their present push is the tagging of "high-risk" patients — diabetics and people with heart conditions or Alzheimer's disease.In a medical emergency, hospital staff could wave a reader over a patient's arm, get an ID number, and then, via the Internet, enter a company database and pull up the person's identity and medical history.
Within a human lifetime, RFIDs will likely be routinely embedded in everyone alive. Employers will start making implants a condition of employment. Chipped individuals will get discounts and other privileges. Eventually, having a chip will be essential for everything from voting and driving to shopping and medical care.
Cameras are just one of their tools. Others include radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, GPS location trackers, website cookies, facial recognition software and store loyalty cards. Computer programs used by security services can monitor and analyse billions of phone calls and e-mails in real time.
We are inadvertently handing over to centralized authorities an infrastructure of visibility the likes of which no society has ever seen before.
RFID chips could replace universal product codes, meaning every item on Earth would have its own unique identifier. We might find ourselves "covered with tags shouting out information about the clothing you're wearing, or what's in your purse or wallet.
By the time my four-year-old son is swathed in the soft flesh of old age, he will likely find it unremarkable that he and almost everyone he knows will be permanently implanted with a microchip. Automatically tracking his location in real time, it will connect him with databases monitoring and recording his smallest behavioural traits.
Most people anticipate such a prospect with a sense of horrified disbelief, dismissing it as a science-fiction fantasy. The technology, however, already exists
A select group of people are already “chipped” with devices that automatically open doors, turn on lights, and perform other low-level miracles.
From this point forward, microchips will become progressively smaller, less invasive, and easier to deploy.
Thus, any realistic barrier to the wholesale “chipping” of Western citizens is not technological but cultural. It relies upon the visceral reaction against the prospect of being personally marked as one component in a massive human inventory.
Originally posted by lpowell0627
First, I think you should move "prevent political kidnapping" to the con list.
Second, have we really gotten to the point where we are so lazy that we can no longer turn on our own lights? Or carry proper identification? Why does the chip have to be implanted -- couldn't you simply carry your chip with you and have the same result? Yes, I realize that in the event of a mugging it could get stolen, but see #3.
Third, this will not stop identity theft. When there is money to be made, thieves will stop at nothing. The next rash of crimes will be people that were mutilated in order to retrieve their chip. And yes, I do believe someone will find a way to do this before too long.
Fourth, they would have to kill me to implant me with anything. Period.
Originally posted by wonderworld
reply to post by prevenge
That's a great conclusion. I dont want to go Christian on you but it does say Biblically that the chip will be forced on people and on their right hand not their shoulder.
I think someone in one of those videos got the implant on his right hand.
I wonder if there wll be any allergic reactions?
Originally posted by Danna
I guess I will be one of those people screaming in line and kicking for not wanting a chip...people will look at me like a lunatic...that's if the chip is ever considered in my country.
Yeah the gov is passing the limits I guess lots of people will manifest against the chip, if the gov. isn't stupid they will make it free of choice, only if you want it you get it of course that is to the older generations because I imagine them applying a law so that people who (for example) are born in 2010 are ordered to have a chip right after they are born.
Originally posted by Nickmare
Well if they replace current forms of payment with this...
If you are mugged, instead of just being able to hand over a wallet you will need to be cut.
I'm not sure how plausible this idea is, but have you heard of people putting something in ATMs, which will copy card information? Well, somebody could develop something where when they shake hands with another person, it copies their information..?