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Is there a microchip implant in your future? It’s coming sooner than you may think

You can inject one under your skin and no one will ever notice. It’s only for your safety, right? Well…isn’t it? I mean, think of never having to worry about your children being kidnapped because the government can pinpoint them no matter where they are.

To use a phrase from the liberal left, “you have nothing to fear but fear itself” and “you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide.” It’s just foolish to think the government would abuse such a thing because it hasn’t ever used its resources for anything unlawful. If you don’t believe me, you can always ask the NSA.

Using short-range radio frequency identification (RFID) signals, it can transmit your identity as you pass through a security checkpoint or walk into a football stadium. It can help you buy groceries at Wal-Mart. In a worst-case scenario – if you are kidnapped in a foreign country, for example – it could save your life.

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade. Experts are divided on whether they’re appropriate for people, but the implants could offer several advantages. For soldiers and journalists in war zones, an implant could be the difference between life and death. A tracker could also help law enforcement quickly locate a kidnapped child.

“This should be a matter of individual choice, but fighting crime should be much easier using chips,” adds sci-fi author Larry Niven, who predicted chip implants in the ’70s. Niven said he supports chip implantation for security reasons, provided it is an opt-in measure.

Ramez Naam, who led the early development of Microsoft software projects and is now a popular speaker and author, said he envisions using chip implantation to help monitor the location of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

 Beyond the obvious privacy issues, there’s something strange about injecting a chip in your body, said Stu Lipoff, an electrical engineer and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers spokesman. Yet pacemakers and other embedded devices are commonly used today. “People might find it a bit unsavory, but if it is not used to track you, and apart from the privacy issues, there are many interesting applications,” he says.

Notice how they’re comparing an RFID chip that can and WILL be used to track any move you make, to a lifesaving device such as a pacemaker.

It’s peddled as being something that should be voluntary, until the government decides to make it mandatory.

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