Several lawmakers across the country have been taking steps to ban the use of microchip implants in humans.
Over the years, experts have been raising the alarm over the risks associated with implanting microchips in humans.
A 2020 study with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand indicated that RFID chip implants may carry potential health risks such as adverse tissue reaction and incompatibility with some magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.
Several social scientists also are apprehensive about the risks to privacy and human rights if the body becomes a type of “human barcode.”
According to microbiologist Ben Libberton at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute, chip implants can reveal sensitive personal information about your health and even “data about your whereabouts, how often you’re working, how long you’re working, if you’re taking toilet breaks and things like that.”
Despite the concerns for public safety and privacy, powerful groups and individuals, including the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Bill Gates, are pushing for the technology to be rolled out to the masses.
If this concerns you, it may be a good idea to stay informed about what’s happening where you live.
In January 2023, a report from The Hill proclaimed that “Human microchip implants take center stage.”
Here’s how that article begins:
The novelty of replacing one’s ‘home key’ with a microchip implant is gaining worldwide interest, but there’s another more compelling story under the surface.
Why is this technology — an integrated circuit the size of a grain of rice — reviled by some and celebrated by self-proclaimed human cyborgs?
Arguably, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet offers the most elegant explanation: ‘Nothing is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.’ However, it would be prudent to tell Prince Hamlet that not all microchip implants are designed alike, and understanding the technological design enables one to better evaluate the competing viewpoints.
Today, more than 50,000 people have elected to have a subdermal chip surgically inserted between the thumb and index finger, serve as their new swipe key, or credit card.
In Germany, for example, more than 2,000 Germans have opted to receive these implants; one man even used it to store a link to his last will and testament.
As chip storage capacity increases, perhaps users could even link to the complete works of Shakespeare.
The idea of implanting humans with microchips has become increasingly prevalent in the media.
Back in March of last year, Wired magazine published a video on “The Science Behind Elon Musk’s Neuralink Brain Chip.”
And in April 2022, the BBC published a report on “microchip implants that let you pay with your hand.”
Per the report:
Patrick Paumen causes a stir whenever he pays for something in a shop or restaurant.
This is because the 37-year-old doesn’t need to use a bank card or his mobile phone to pay.
Instead, he simply places his left hand near the contactless card reader, and the payment goes through.
‘The reactions I get from cashiers are priceless!’ says Mr. Paumen, a security guard from the Netherlands.
He is able to pay using his hand because back in 2019 he had a contactless payment microchip injected under his skin.
But last December, another article asked if microchip implants in the human brain are still too dangerous.
The article covers the benefits and drawbacks of microchip implants, from curing diseases to complications in getting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
Meanwhile, many state governments are passing laws to prevent forced microchip implants on employees and others.
Wyoming, for example, recently passed such a bill.
According to The Hill, “to date, at least 10 state legislatures in the United States have passed statutes to ban employers from requiring employees to receive human microchip implants.”
The most recent state was Indiana, which prohibited employers from requiring employees to be chipped as a condition of employment and discriminating against job applicants who refuse the implant.
Nevada’s legislation is the most restrictive — although not a total ban, as proposed in 2017, Nevada Assembly Bill 226 prohibits an officer or employee of Nevada from “establishing a program that authorizes a person to voluntarily elect to undergo the implantation of such a microchip or permanent identification marker.”
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