Microchipping is no longer a sci-fi idea but one that the US Navy is considering for the military. Various forms of microchipping are being discussed, from implanting brain chips to heal soldiers, to edible “authentication microchip” and an electronic tattoo that can read your mind.
Enter US third party presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan, of the ‘Transhumanist’ party. He met with US Navy officials to discuss merging humans and machines. Istanv claims that the Navy is “keen to draw up policies about microchip implants”. These will be used to carry and track information inside the human.
DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has for years been researching brain chips.
They have begun a course of programs intended to help repair cognitive function in the brains of soldiers who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. These programs focus on implanting chips into brain tissue. On page two read how this science fiction is coming to fruition.
DARPA is working on this particular implant, into the soldiers’ brains to “make them more resilient to warfare”.
But what if a soldier has self implanted, “unauthorized chip”? This is what Istvan says that the military is concerned about. What if as a child, one was implanted with a chip to keep track of one’s whereabouts?
America’s children should not be used like a Nazi experiment and have microchips placed under their skin under the guise of “their safety”. Yet an NBC News report has promoted the idea that microchipping our kids will happen “sooner rather than later”, arguing that just as the barcode was a scary new trend at one point, so too the microchip will become as accept as the barcode.
The piece flips back to pushing the idea when it quotes electronics expert Stuart Lipoff, who asserts that microchipping children is safe and inevitable.
“People should be aware that testing is being done right now. The military is not only testing this out, but already utilizes its properties. It’s not a matter of if it will happen, but when,” states Lipoff.
Imagine if ones parent microchipped you as a kid, foolishly thinking that it was a safe and harmless way to keep you safe, but as an adult, that chip is concidered “unauthorized” when you become a soldier.
This is not a new movie plot, but a real converstation that Zoltan Istvan, US third party presidential candidate ‘Transhumanist’ party, had with the United States Navy.
But according to Mr Istvan, the military is also concerned about unauthorised technology that their personnel may implant themselves.
He told MailOnline: ‘The Navy is struggling to create policy around solider or sailors that enter military service with non-authorised chips embedded in them.
‘This makes perfect sense since the tech has grown so small, that chip implants can now do a wide range of things – tracking, making payments, monitoring blood flow and bodily health – and be totally hidden in human beings.
‘You can imagine how challenging that would be if someone had a non-authorized chip implant on a nuclear base – so policy has to be created and created soon.’
The meeting was held between Mr Istvan and senior members of the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, which investigates new concepts of warfare.
A letter from Vice Admiral James Wisecup, who is director of the group, told Mr Istvan: ‘Your comments broadened our understanding of transhumanism and the merger of humans and machines.
‘Your personal perspectives were interesting and timely as we begin our research process. You have had a direct impact on our viewpoints for future concepts.’
Mr Istvan believes that technology could be used to give humans immortality by augmenting our bodies with technology.
The more this scientific community grows and experiements with this device, the more uncertain our freedom and liberty will become.
Defense One, an online magazine that covers the military, reported last year on DARPA’s work on brain chips to treat PTSD, and said that DARPA was not yet in the testing phase. When DARPA launched its RAM (Restoring Active Memory) program last year, it projected it would be about four years until researchers were implanting permanent chips in humans.
In a brand new book called “Pentagon Brain”, the author Jacobson chronicles the history of DARPA. She writes that DARPA has “classified brain programs”.
Scientists, she says, are already testing “implantable wireless ‘neuroprosthetics’” to help soldiers with brain injuries. “[S]oldiers allow the tiny machines, or chips, to be implanted in their brain”.
Another unathorized type of chipping could be in the form of a tattoo.
Former DARPA director and now Google executive, Regina Dugan, is promoting an edible “authentication microchip” and an electronic tattoo that can read your mind.
“This pill has a small chip inside of it with a switch,” said Dugan. “It also has what amounts to an inside out potato battery. When you swallow it, the acids in your stomach serve as the electrolyte and that powers it up. And the switch goes on and off and creates an 18 bit ECG wide signal in your body and essentially your entire body becomes your authentication token.”
And the ‘mind-reading’ tattoo?
“It has been known for decades that when you speak to yourself in your inner voice, your brain still sends neural spike volleys to your vocal apparatus, in a similar fashion to when you actually speak aloud,” states Extreme Tech’s John Hewitt, explaining that the device could convert these signals into a readable form.
Dugan predicts that if the e-tattoo was made cool with different designs, young people would want to have it fused to their skin, “if only to piss off their parents.”
Hey, whoever said that the ‘mark of the beast’ was going to look ugly?
Certainly scientific advancement is exciting, but we must be on gaurd against anything that will steal one’s freedom. A chip in one’s child, to the United States soldier, is an invastion of their privacy and an assasine of person liberty.
Source: Daily Mail