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Microchip Implants: Convenience Vs. Common Sense

  • 14 September 2017
  • Jesse Parker

In the age of technology that we currently live in, it is not surprising that human microchip implants are becoming popular. These implants contain a unique ID number that is linked to information found in an external database.

These microchips can do truly amazing things. They can store personal identification, medical history, and contact information. This is just the beginning. These tiny sub dermal implants can also allow you to unlock your doors, unlock your phone, open car doors, log onto your computer, or can even be your preferred method of payment.


Some companies are even requiring the implantation of these chips in their employees to ensure building access, security, and as an added bonus you can even use it to pay for your lunch! CityWatcher in Cincinnati, Ohio, became the first company in the entire world to implement microchips. Many companies have followed their lead, inadvertently advocating the need for microchip implants by over stating its ingenuity and attaching “convenient” features, such as the ability to pay for your lunch.

The future of these chips and their functions are almost immeasurable. The potential to equip GPS-enabled technology within these chips could open huge doors. This could allow us to locate a missing person, or child, or track fugitives. On the other hand, this technology could easily lead to political repression that some say is too tempting for the government not to engage in.

There are some people who are excitingly lining up to get their implant, even going as far as to throw “implant parties” where those interested in this chip can see the in-person benefits and get it right then and there. However, a lot of people refuse to allow someone to implant a device with all of their most important information under their skin for the sake of convenience.

There are also medical concerns with these microchips. Studies found that dogs implanted with ID microchips as well as lab rodents implanted with microchips as a part of unrelated experiments had a tendency to developed cancerous tumors at the injection site.This begs the question: just how safe are these implants?


Being able to pay for items using a microchip does not appeal to everyone. As a matter of fact, this most certainly will turn many away. Having a chip with these capabilities does come with many consequences. The Council of Ethical and Judicial Affairs of the American Medical Association stated in a report in 2007 that these microchips may compromise privacy because there is no way to ensure that the information can be protected. This means by getting this implant you are opening yourself up to hackers who can access your information, and dependent upon how much information you allow your chip to hold, they could potentially steal your identity.

The NSA has been proven to collect millions of files of data a year on their own citizens. With no clear intention to stop anytime soon, having this chip inserted will only make it easier to gather the information they seek, especially if this technology becomes a mainstream concept and is equipped with GPS capabilities. The bottom line is by storing your personal information under your skin you are opening yourself up to a variety of security based issues. In addition to that fact, you are quite literally injecting a foreign body just below your skin that can allow anyone who wants to have access to all of your private confidential information.

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