To paraphrase Franklin, the person who would sacrifice liberty for safety will have neither.
We put microchips in pets so we can locate them. We can attach chips to keys so we know where they are.
Now a company in Wisconsin is microchipping employees.
At this point, the employees are volunteers and the benefits for doing this include:
- Ease of accessing computers,
- Ease of access to secure areas, and
- Making purchases and vending machines using the chips.
- The employer can know where the employee is 24×7. Spend too long at lunch? The company will know. Privacy? Forgetaboutit.
- The technology represents another level of electronic radiation exposure, and we don’t know about the long term effects of that.
The chips are tiny and can be injected under the skin with a syringe developed by a Swedish firm.
Obviously, the manufacturer wants to see this technology in widespread use.
“Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities,” and more . . . . (2)
It’s easy to see where this is going. We can expect a push to implant chips in children, hospital patients and the elderly. That would make kidnapping obsolete and reduce medical errors. It also would make it easy to locate lost hikers and wandering dementia victims. However, it would also mean that with two generations, virtually the entire population would be chipped. Go to a political rally or demonstration? People will know where you are. Criminals will be able to know when a home is empty or when someone is visiting a bank or ATM. Of course, the police will be able to identify and locate the person who robs you.
Further, chips aren’t secure. Any technology can be reversed engineered — meaning that you could create a chip with someone else’s code and use it in a crime.
How do you feel about being chipped?
- Megan Trimble, “Wisconsin tech company to implant microchips in employees,” USNews, 24 July 2017. https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2017/07/24/wisconsin-tech-company-to-implant-microchips-in-employees/23045620/?brand=finance&ncid=txtlnkusaolp00002412
- Angela Moscaritolo, “Wisconsin Company to Microchip Employees,” CNET, 24 July 2017. https://www.pcmag.com/news/355140/wisconsin-company-to-microchip-employees?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews&utm_medium=title