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Biochip implantation - When humans get tagged

By Renjith VP, SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 26 November 2010, 01:03 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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Biochip implantation - When humans get tagged
Bangalore: A chip with the size of a small grain of rice, which could go underneath the skin of a human and stay there for a lifetime, a chip which could be your identity, which goes with you wherever you go, created much controversy at its very inception. Yes, we are talking about biochips and the hullabaloo it bought along with it. Considered the 'mark of the beast' by many, a full-fledged project of biochip implantation is still a scientist's dream as it lies inside the vicious circle of moral debate.

Microchip implants and mind control related to cybernetics is an area discussed way back in 1948 in a book by Norbert Weiner. From then till now, theories have been formulated and materialized into the real tangible entity of biochip. GeneChip, one of the first commercial biochips, contained thousands of individual DNA sensors for use in sensing defects or to understand single nucleotide polymorphisms to put it technically in tumor suppressor genes and genes related to breast cancer. But it gained wide approval as a device which can be installed inside pet animals by injecting through a small hypodermic needle and make it easy for owners to track them down.

While biochips promised immense help in the field of medical diagnosis, it was tarnished with much negative publicity as it was projected as a device which is inserted inside human to track his actions and haunt him down. Now we really don't like being followed, do we? EPIC's Hoofnagle once said the technology carries the same privacy concerns as a national ID card. "Human identification systems are tools that have historically been used for social control," he said. Hoofnagle also expressed concern that the biochips might be "spoofed," allowing anyone to access data on the chip or monitor people without them knowing it. "It sounds like it's an easy technology to invade," he said. So what about bio chips is really concerning us?

When it comes to the use of biochips on humans, it works a little bit differently. The chip is implanted in a way where it is able to bind with your DNA. Many government agencies have been working with biochips which can be used for identification purposes. When we think of this as an invasion of privacy, we should also look at the positive side of the technology. This would be a great use to find missing children, if this technology goes as far as an implant at birth, those who have been kidnapped or missing, can be easily found. This type of implantable chip is being researched by defense departments in India and abroad in hopes to be used for soldiers, to monitor their location and relay health information if the soldier gets wounded in battle. This would be a great way to get medical data relayed of what the doctors may be dealing with before the patient ever gets to the hospital. Not only that, a biochip will make it easier to find that wounded soldier.

But there are certain areas which always lack definite explanations. You can't value human life and you can limit his identity. It questions our morality when it comes to cloning humans and similarly we find it weird when we get 'tagged' by some minute chip. Whatever lies in the future for biochips, its implantation in humans still pricks our conscience.

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Reader's comments(2)
1: When we look at the positive side of mico chip implantation other than medical benefit like disease control, cure at the right time in control of damages to human parts etc it can pave the way for an orderly & a peaceful world void of terrorism,war and other disordes the human society have today by improvising the micro chips as we do,expeience & see ouselves the growth of technology over the years. But when this falls into the hands of wrong people the world will come to an end quickly.
Posted by:Nagarajan - 26 Nov, 2010
Ask the scientists on the effect of getting this biochip implanted in human. I am telling you they dont know :) .... Read bible, and everything is written there. This chip is a mark of the devil which has a number 666 in it. Who ever wears that chip will be controlled by the beast. And medical implications? Huge bowels, skin and internal diseases will happen because of Lithium inside the chip. Its all mentioned (not lithium or chip but about the mark of the beast and its implications) in the bible. All that has been mentioned in Bible is coming to be true. Its for those who have eyes to see, those who have ears to hear the Gospel.
Peter Replied to: Nagarajan - 28 Nov, 2010