‘When rice-size chips are down, don’t take it personally’

October 2, 2016

RFID chip Amal Graafstra

SAVING TIME: Proponents of the RFID chip like the one inserted to this hand after anaesthetic will make life easier for everyone. All your bank details, passport, driving licence and health records would be on a rice-sized microchip encased in specially encased high-grade silicone to make sure the body would not reject it. Opponents are not convinced that it is not safe for the body and that it would reject it.Picture by Amal Graafstra.



INFORMATION OVERLOAD: Employers sometimes ask for multiple IDs to applicants to ensure they are exactly say they are on a CV or resume. Should we have a digital version to solve this? Isn’t it safer to have physical IDs than to insert something physically into the bloodstream? Picture by Dharval Gite.


ARE we beginning to lose our freedoms or gaining them because of our increasing dependence on technology?

Whenever anyone applies for a job (depending on what it is) or joins an employment agency, we are invariably asked to provide identification of who we are. This may include providing a Utilities Bill (gas, electricity, water), a passport, birth certificate or a bank statement.

If you own your own house, you will know that bringing a Utility Bill and a passport is mandatory and indelible proof to show that you are exactly who you say you are, even if you happen to be a citizen of the UK or the European Union in a Free Trade area.

Have you ever asked yourself the question to anyone asking you to bring multiple forms of identification to let’s say an interview, ‘don’t you realise you are putting me at risk of having my identity stolen by expecting me to carrying all these documents in coming here?’ Where is the freedom in that?

If you thought it was bad over here, a source in the United States has confirmed to me that it can be up to five or six forms depending on what type of job you are applying for. In addition to those mentioned above, you can add a drivers licence, and college certificates from High School, college and university.

If you go into a supermarket and buy a few items, you can go through efficiently via a self-scanning till where you process each item you buy without having to say anything to a staff member, unless it is say an item like paracetamol or alcohol that requires authentication, so minimal human contact, less fuss, right? It is significant that the elderly or the middle are more likely to use the tills that have a sales assistant to process their shop and have some time to chat – for them, that may be some of the most minimal human contact they may have?

But could it made more convenient to bypass cash and credit cards and have a chip implanted into a person’s bloodstream just like a cat or dog? Pets are usually given the procedure if they get lost, but they have all the animals’ medical treatment on them too.

Could this be the future? Through a procedure via anaesthetic, scientists say that implanting a microchip into your hand and being the size of a grain of rice and encased in high-grade silicone could make everything easier to live our lives, or would it?

The idea of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip is the wireless use of electro-magnetic fields to transfer data. RFID tags can be attached to cash, clothing and possessions and can be implanted in animals and humans.

For the record, if you are the owner of a dog or a cat, you have to give consent for your pet to be microchipped. If you are a human, it has been alleged the chip has been put inside them via operations such as dental fillings and knee and hip replacements without their consent as is alleged here. Isn’t this a violation of human rights or are animal rights more important?

Proponents will claim it has the propensity to control what we eat and all your medical history would come up automatically if surgeons or nurses needed to know your physical condition before you were operated on.

Speaking on a clip from CNN, a media theorist called Douglas Rushkoff says: “When we check out at the grocery store, we will be swiping our own arm over the scanner and that will be something we can’t live without.”

Free-lance writer Frank Swain was so inconvenienced by having to use a credit-card sized smartcard embedded with the RFID chip to open a barrier to use the Underground or a Manchester bus or tram service, that he sought to have the chip implanted in his skin, so that he could just wave his hand and the barrier would raise itself.

Unfortunately for Mr Swain, he could not find the specific silicone needed to encase the chip before it could be inserted into his hand.

He wrote at the time: “Ultimately, implanted microchips offer a way to make your physical body machine-readable.”

To counterbalance the convenience of having this technology physically considered, don’t we also need to know what the potential dangers are for the body in having this done?

If basic science serves me right, if an alien organism is put into the bloodstream, isn’t there a possibility of an immune response from the body to send white blood cells at the point of entry where the chip or for matter anything else is inserted.

Critics say it is an automatic response from the body as it would dealing with the microchip as if it was an infection. In fighting the chip or “foreign body”, it would take more resources from the immune system to fight the “intruder” resulting in physical fatigue.

In response to the overcompensating of the immune system to fight the chip as if it was an “foreign body”, it could result in cells “auto-digesting” themselves.

A spokesman against the technology says this: “The chip will cause the immune system to spiral out of control and many of the most important cells in the body will begin to auto digesting themselves. They will destroy themselves as they are confused about how to respond to this intruder.”

Whatever side of the fence you are on this technology, we have to use our freewill to decide whether we want it or not. Was this technology referred to in the past and does it have the ability to kill our consciense? Is it better to take the multiple IDs to confirm our identity or be microchipped knowing the potential risks, what do you think?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

SWSH August 24, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Never mind the health effects, what about invasion of civil liberties. Also not being a very religious person, I do recall something about this being the “mark of the beast”.


DSCW page supporter August 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm

It is an abomination and what if ten years down the line its proved that they cause cancers who ya gonna call ??


PDS August 28, 2017 at 9:58 pm

I think the whole employer and employee relationship thing has to be looked at again. Employers are treating their workers as cattle slaves and are totally forgetting that employee’s are providing them with a service.


TT August 28, 2017 at 9:59 pm

The microchips inserted in dogs & cats are inanimate until irradiated like the chip in your touch & go credit card. So are unlikely to cause any direct health problems. However, the anxiety of always being potentially under surveillance is quite another thing.


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