Human microchipping is the process of placing a transponder or an integrated circuit device underneath the human skin. These chips have unique identity numbers and information about their owners, including medical records, bank accounts, among others. Microchipping was first introduced in 1998 with Kevin Warnick being the first person to have a chip implanted in his body.
In 2009, together with his team, Mark Gasson made an advanced RFID device and had it implanted in his left hand. Later on, he also became the first person to be infected with a computer virus. With such developments, people are having mixed reactions whether they human implants should be enforced or not. Below are some thoughts for and against human microchipping.
Advantages of Microchipping
Having a chip will save you from having to carry your wallet wherever you go. A simple scan of your hand would easily identify you.
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Chips can be used to provide exclusive services to members alone. There will be no risk of stolen cards or mistaken identity as the chip is in and not on you.
Chips within your body could greatly help prevent theft. Chips can be configured to access your bank account so that you will not need to carry actual money for you to transact. Instead, a simple hand sweep over a scanner could suffice to authorize a transaction.
Kidnapping and Child Trafficking
Another common problem that affects some parts of the world is human trafficking and kidnapping. Human microchipping could, in a large way, help to fight this vice. If children could be chipped in the hospital once they are born, it could help to ensure that they don’t get mixed up. It would also greatly help in the rescue mission since it is quite easy to track a person who is kidnapped and has a chip in place.
It would be a good thing if one could walk around carrying their medical records and history, just in case they need it. While this might not be practical in the real world, with a chip embedded on your skin, you could have all this information, such that it can be accessed even if you are unconscious.
Disadvantages of Microchipping
Since the microchip is a computer component, it is possible for it to get corrupted through computer viruses. A malicious hacker may take advantage of this and try hacking people chips for fun or financial gain.
Embedding a chip in the body may lead to infections and diseases. A microchip is a foreign object, and your body may react to it, leading to infections and diseases.
The ones above are some of the advantages and disadvantages of having a chip in their bodies. There are those in support of the move and those that are not. Each of these groups has their reasons why the move is important. As such, it might not be possible to decide whether or not having a chip in entirely good or bad. For this reason, it should not be made mandatory such that those interested in having the chip should be allowed to get it.