The first RFID implants were carried out by Kevin Warnick in 1998. However, the implant was removed after nine days. In 2009, Mark Gasson and his team made an advanced RFID device implanted in his left hand. This lessened the boundaries between machine and human since a computer virus could easily infect the implant. He went on to become the first human infected by a computer virus.
With this blurring of boundaries and risk of infection, cancer and other security-related risks, the question of whether or not humans should get identity chips implanted under their skin arises.
WHAT DO YOU UNDERSTAND BY HUMAN MICROCHIPPING
Human microchipping is the process of implanting an integrated circuit device or RFID transponder encased within a silicate glass inside the human body. The chip contains a unique ID number which contains information about the person’s identity, law enforcement, contact information, medical history, allergies, medication etc.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MICROCHIPPING
You can ditch your wallet and other necessary documents for proving your identity. You can simply let the authorised person scan your hand and you will be identified.
- Access to VIP memberships
You can have access to VIP memberships to various restaurants, events, etc. For instance, Baja Beach Club offered microchip to the VIP clients. You won’t have to carry your keys or anything else.
- Preventing thefts
The RFID chip implanted can be used for paying money. This would eliminate the use of carrying cash around. This, in turn, would negate theft.
- Security and safety
In hospitals, every year so many babies get mixed up in the hospitals. Chip implants at birth ensure no mixing of babies and complete identification. Various people from all over the world are kidnapped, human trafficked or sold as slaves. With chip implants, it would be easy for the Government to track them. This would also lower the rate of child abductions, ransom calls and murders.
- Securing health
The entire medical history will be in the palm. There will be no more need for recalling allergies or giving wrong medication. Even when you are unconscious, the medical attention will be easily provided.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF MICROCHIPPING
The implants, like any other computing machine parts, can catch a virus. It is still uncertain what that would lead to. It can be extremely costly to find replacements.
- Lack of universal standards
There are different identification systems followed in the world which would need various microchips. There is no universal microchip that can work for all the systems.
- Placement management
Implants can migrate in the body and get displaced. In medical conditions, that might pose to be problematic since the scanner won’t find the implants at the regular place.