Microchipping humanity

MaryCate Moe, Staff Writer

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As the years progress, humanity is consistently looking for more and more ways to make everyday life easier. This is a concept that can be stretched. For example has anyone thought about how crazy it is that people we don’t know have our personal information just for the sake of delivering food to our homes? Though this has become such a normal occurrence, it is rarely even given a second thought. We are willing to put our personal information online to order things that will also be delivered to our homes, without a second thought.

Even with that being said, is there a limit to making life easier using technology? Is there a line that can be crossed? Has the idea and recent reality of implanting microchips into humans taken the final leap across that line? Microchipping isn’t really that crazy or extreme. We already have ties to electronics. How many full functioning adults in this century leave their homes without a phone or without a credit card? Though I do believe there is a fine line here and microchipping has definitely stretched the limits.

   Countries like Germany and sweden have already opted to getting microchipped for easier financial transactions. In Germany, the microchips were implanted under the skin as a substitution for key cards to the gym, office and house. In sweden, it has begun as a way of creating convenience. The microchips are placed in the hands as a way of creating contactless credit cards, key cards, and railcards. The chips are injected into the back of the hand between the thumb and index finger.

I am not the only one who believes this as experts have admitting that getting humans to adopt microchips has been a bit difficult. People with religious beliefs, particularly Christians, reject the idea of implanting microchips under the skin because it can represent what is called “The Mark of the Beast.” Of course, it is not just religious people that are against the idea. Many are against the idea, as who knows what could happen with having a piece of government controlled technology permanently placed under the skin. The risks are endless. It would be so easy for something to go wrong, or for a contract to not be thoroughly read. We all know that nobody wants to read the ten pages of fine print.

Besides the chips being vulnerable to hackers, it is implanted in your body giving an easy method of anyone with connections to the chip (whether it be hacked or the company itself) to have free range on your life. It gives an outlet to always be able to track where you are, how long your lunch breaks are everyday, or even how many times you left a building or store if they are scanned by a reader. Microchipping is a pretty disguise of convenience that is virtually just a contract to give away your privacy and freedom.

Microchips are figured to be seen as acceptable as tattoos and piercings in the future. Microchips will become pressed into the minds of the younger generation making it seem more socially acceptable. It is rumored that some celebrities are already microchipped, and soon more will be at an attempt of influencing them to normalize the concept.

Overall, Microchipping may hold benefits, but are the benefits worth the risk? That’s the question that should be asked before things are taken to far. How much can we really trust our own government?

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