Friday, September 02, 2011 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
VeriChip has spent millions promoting their chip as a viable solution for child abductions, offering hope through its RFID location capabilities to find missing children. VeriChip has also tried to curry favor with the public for medical applications for storing detailed medical history, including medication dosages and alerts and contact information for medical emergencies. Likewise, chip insertion has received a nod by lawmakers and the prison system as a means to locate and quickly apprehend fugitives of the law. Other applications include easy access for employee clearance at secured facilities and it even flows to the retail industry for inventory control and ease of purchase at the checkout stand, where participants merely pass their implant over a reader for payment and are then on their way.
Already the VeriChip has become “indispensable” to pet owners to store medical history and shot records and locating lost pets—there are now over 6 million chipped pets.
Even so, VeriChip has hurdles to jump to overcome bad press. The biggest detractor is studies proving a 1% – 10% higher incidence of cancers in pets that have been chipped, which scientific studies confirmed was related to chip insertion. In the medical realm, concerns have been voiced over adverse effects to human recipients who undergo an MRI, where the strong electrical field is likely to cause burns to a patient both internally and externally.
A study undertaken by Jonathan Westhues and reported in Wired Magazine proved the chips 16-digit “unique” number could be pirated with the use of a hand-held device, pointing to a nightmarish potential for abuse of a recipients banking and personal information culled from the chips database.
Such revelations are worth investigation. Most of us have received that dreaded notice by our bank that our credit or debit card information “may” have been compromised and thus have been issued a replacement card with a prerequisite new PIN number we must then remember. That’s a far cry from getting the news that our implanted chip “may” have been compromised and we must now undergo exploratory surgery (the chip’s other negative is they can travel in the body) to have it dug out and replaced.
A handful of people have already volunteered for chip insertion who are happy to publicly announce their view on the chip as beneficial on many fronts. Two of the most noteworthy cases are British Scientist, Kevin Warwick, who in 1998 underwent chip insertion to open doors and switch on lights at his command. Later, Amal Graafstra, author of RFID TOYS had implants placed in each of his hands to open his car door, unlock doors and to securely access his computer.
Getting on the bandwagon was Mikey Sklar and Mark Krieger who are happy to report to the general public about their experiences. In 2007, two employees of City Watcher, a video surveillance company based in Ohio, accepted implants in order to have access to the company’s sensitive database. Already Wisconsin, Dakota and California have passed bills making it illegal for employers to impose mandatory chip insertions on their employee base.
However, Veri Chip is not without its supporters. In 2002 the Food and Drug Administration granted them a preliminary approval. Additionally, it is widely believed there are many more who have already opted in for this new technology, but due to the public outcry against “chipping” are not likely to step forward and be counted.
Most of Us Are Already Involved
One of the basic counterparts of the VeriChip technology, GPS, is already being used by most of us, whether we realize it or not. Cell phones have embedded RFID chips that are operational even when the phone is turned off, but can be deactivated when the battery is removed. How? The RFID includes GPS location technology within them, which can be deployed to triangulate a users exact location in the case of emergency. Many products are already tagged with RFID chips at retailers for inventory control as well as to thwart petty theft.
How’d They Do It?
Both here and abroad the chip has experienced negative feedback from the populace due to privacy and freedom issues as well Christian beliefs that this new technology is what Revelations warns of as the Mark of the Beast.
Instead of imposing a chip the size of a grain of rice, permanently marking humans like so many cattle as many have vocalized, the medical industry has devised a tattoo-based patch to be applied to the skin called an Epidermal Electronic System (EES). It is not permanent and is the thickness of a human hair. For now, it can be touted as “temporary” as it is applied with water and is user-friendly due to its flexibility. For the moment, they are being used to monitor heart and brain functions of patients.
So, what’s your vote? Soon we may face the choice to accept a tattoo, and eventually an implantable chip in exchange for ease of patient care. Will we embrace this technology, or will we just say no?
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