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Originally posted by grahag
Originally posted by vkturbo
I definately think this could be a reality especially if you want a majority of the poulation to start this off as everyone will see it as being saved and loads of people would sign up for it. Then the minority would pretty much be forced to follow as they wont be able to buy anything or have anything that you listed in the thread.
Doesn't matter if the money isn't there in real life there is no real money it's all just numbers and pretend money ( False Economy) it will get spent cause us humans are never content.
The government makes a problem then offers a solution that is how the population is controlled to do what the government wants
I think for people who feel they live in a dystopian society, they'll feel like this will be a way to control them. Credit cards are around, but I know that 99.999% of the businesses support cash. It's not going away any time soon. You'll just have more options. I think people overuse the word 'forced'. No one is forcing you to get chipped and you can continue trading, using your credit cards, and using cash for as long as you want. There will be added benefits for being chipped, but you won't be forced to be chipped and won't have any less rights for being so.
Granted, I do see my glass as half full, but if I didn't, life would be quite a bit more frustrating.
Originally posted by grahag
reply to post by HappilyEverAfter
Absolutely. Freedom is the ability to choose your destiny. The chip is just the method by which they can read your activity. It's no different whether I carry it in my wallet or have an intra-muscular implant. If you don't think the government can't get information from what you currently do, you'd probably be surprised. Those of you with fertile imaginations though, won't be.
People afraid of change will continue to be afraid. The paranoid will still continue, even though the quality of the majority of lives will be greatly increased through these changes.
Yes, some people will probably use this power inappropriately, and there is only so much power that people will give up.
I'd participate in the chipping plan under the conditions specified by the OP though. In my eyes, I'm only giving up inconveniences and picking up a few efficiencies along the way.
[edit on 25-3-2010 by grahag]
Originally posted by m0r1arty
Can I ask for you to be chipped (into BTS)?
Do you seriously think that we'd micromanage every aspect of existence?
What of art, culture and the random element that exists beyond those factors which allow evolution.
Originally posted by hippomchippo
Thank god I'm not a paranoid christian, I would love to get a chip that would make my life easier, sign me up too!
In order to be better prepared for what anyone who believes they will deny this technology until left with no other choice will face, we need to know how it will be marketed and made desirable to the majority.
I will list here the current ways that I know this technology is being planned, tested, and prepared for mainstream use, along with ways that it will be directly marketed to the public - through job creation, court cases, laws, mainstream news and media, services, and many other ways that we need to start thinking about.
These technologies will completely change health care, the judicial system, law enforcement, crime prevention, and of course the basic rights of everyone. Prevention is a keyword here, more specifically, Preventative Technology. You'll be hearing this term a lot in the coming decade.
What is currently planned is so much more than what you may have already heard about, the RF (radio frequency) chip. It is actually a combination of three separate microchip technologies: RF, Biometric, and GPS(global positioning system).
The RF technology: Capable of storing and transmitting digital information. This information is dynamic and can be updated at any time. It can also store and transmit biometric and GPS information. When used in combination with GPS technology, can provide the ultimate in identity protection, leading to widespread and possibly enforced use as identification and secure digital payment method.
The Biometric Chip: Capable of detecting an array of health problems, monitoring vital signs, and conducting instant blood tests. These will be sold mostly from a health and emergency prevention angle. It is possible they will be used to monitor children and teens for drug use. They may also be used to prevent driving or operating heavy machinery under the influence. They may also be used in combination with other technologies to safely shut down vehicles and heavy machinery during a health emergency. These will probably also be used in combination with GPS implant coordinates to provide streamlined emergency services.
The GPS function: Will be fought over, and strongly for, with quite a lot of fervor. The arguments in favor of this technology will include streamlined emergency services, the protection of children, and adults, against kidnapping. The ability to streamline the location and arrest of criminals. Strict adherence to all posted speed limits, enforced by satellite with tickets instantly issued digitally.
It is definitely coming, and if the majority is ever won over, that will be the end of it - so we had better get ahead of the game while we are still at the beginning.