Sydney, April 4: It’s not that we use technology, rather we humans live technology. To what extent humans can use technology to evolve for the betterment of the society and humans themselves? Ever thought if we humans could store all the documents in some part of our body or if we could be able to trace our closed ones when needed! For eg. if humans get injected with chip in their body! They could act somewhat like robots.
The not so new phenomena of ‘human microchipping’ will soon hit the floors all over the globe as Australia has started implanting microchips in its citizens. Although in Toronto, Ontario, by law all the house pets have to be micro-chipped so the owners could be able to locate in case these pets strayed away. This new technology will be used to tag every product in the world. The generic name for this technology is RFID, Radio Frequency Identification Chips.
What exactly is microchip?
On February 14, 2007, Hitachi introduced the world’s smallest and thinnest RFID chips, which measure just 0.05 x 0.05 millimeters. The previous record-holder, the Hitachi mu-chip, is just 0.4 x 0.4 millimeters. Now, compare that with the new RFID tags. They listen for a radio query and respond by transmitting their unique ID code. As you exit a store with items that have this RFID tag, RFID readers at the doorways will record the items you bought, automatically billing your account without the benefit of cash. Computers at the door will also pick up your GPS-enabled chip for your ID and match the e-PC code to bill your account.
How it works?
These devices could also be used to identify and track people. For example, suppose you participated in some sort of protest or other organized activity. If police agencies sprinkled these tags around, every individual could be tracked and later identified at leisure with powerful tag scanners. This new RFID "powder" is so small that it can be worked into any product, or be incorporated into thin paper, like that used in money.
So this may enable Australians to turn themselves into super-humans who can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computers with a wave of the hand. The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer contact details to smartphones, and hold complex medical data.
One of the residents who got chip implants, Shanti Korporaal said that her friends and family are envious of her microchip lifestyle; now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards.
Korporaal, along with her husband Skeeve Stevens, has established a distribution service called Chip My Life. The new business venture allows others to become “super-humans” for a fee ranging from $80 to $140. The couple has bought into the dominating culture of society, which includes a fantasy of superheroes that mesmerize the population at theaters all across the globe.
A tiny chip the size of a grain of rice is now also inside researcher Tim Shank's finger. Shank said, "This is an NFC chip, so it's similar to what phones have nowadays." Emitting low frequencies, it's programmed to unlock his front door at home."That unlocks my door," said Shanks. And control his smartphone."And it turned off my ringer," as Shank shows his phone. Some even use their chips as card keys for work.
In 2010, the Australian government announced it was working on a radio frequency identification (RFID) microchipping plan for the country’s health system.
Pet owners have long utilized these devices, but experts remain divided on whether they are appropriate for humans. However, they agree the implants could offer several advantages. Microchips can easily be injected under the skin and go unnoticed until necessary. Upon passing through a security checkpoint or entering a stadium, the RFID signals would transmit one’s identity. Additionally, the chip could serve for purchasing groceries, be the difference between life and death for soldiers and journalists in war zones, or when locating a kidnapped child.
Thousands already use microchips to activate the gas pump from a key ring and for anti-theft devices in cars. Many others welcome pacemakers and additional embedded devices that have become commonplace today. Stu Lipoff, a representative for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, said: There is something strange about injecting a chip in your body. People might find it a bit unsavory, but if it is not used to track you, and apart from the privacy issues, there are many interesting applications.
Some of the below are the disadvantages: