Transhumanism Marches On As “Human Chipping” Becomes Trendy
by Daniel Barker
Undergoing a somewhat painful injection to have a microchip implanted into your hand might not be something most sane individuals would ever consider doing voluntarily, but for a growing number of people, it has actually become a fashionable trend.
As I reported in an earlier article, some companies are now encouraging their employees to have RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips implanted under their skin.
Presumably, these implants are given to employees so that they can use them to open office doors and operate copy machines, but it would seem obvious that there is a deeper agenda at hand: getting people used to the idea of having tracking devices implanted into their bodies.
The implications are profoundly disturbing, and it’s hard to believe that anyone would go along with such a program. Nevertheless, not only do many individuals seem to accept the idea, there are actually a growing number of people who wholeheartedly embrace it.
In an age where tattoos, piercings and other types of body modification are common, it’s perhaps not too surprising that young people, in an attempt to appear “cool” and ahead of the times, might see chip implants as an attractive idea.
There are also those who support the idea of “transhumanism,” which the Oxford Dictionary defines as “the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.”
Whether or not there is any merit in the concept of transhumanism is a subject open to debate, but the bottom line is that those who go along with the idea of having a chip implanted are not what I would consider an “evolution” of the human race, but rather the opposite.
This is essentially allowing ourselves to be treated like cattle or migratory animals involved in an experiment.
In my earlier article, I mentioned the growing popularity of what are being called “implant parties,” where participants allow the insertion of RFID chips into their hands. The implants are inserted in the fleshy area between the thumb and the forefinger.
These implant parties appear to be growing in popularity, according to reports in the media. Hannes Sjoblad, the organizer of a recent implant party in Sweden who also happens to be the co-founder of a “biohacking” group called BioNyfiken, said that more than 300 people in Copenhagen have had chips implanted since September of last year.
The supplier of the chips used in Sweden is located in the United States. Amal Graafstra, who founded the website DangerousThings.com, where the chips are sold, says that the popularity of these devices is a worldwide phenomenon: “I sold about 4,000 of these chips over the past year, most of them in the U.S., the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Belgium. And even a few in France.”
At least Graafstra seems to be concerned about the possible health risks involved. He said, “I realized when I was talking to suppliers that people were implanting themselves with chips created for livestock or industries, which sometimes contain toxic substances and metals!”
Graafstra claims that the chips he sells are made with “safe material and procedures.”
“Unlike RFID chips for livestock, mine are made so that human flesh doesn’t stick to it, which means they can easily be removed,” he says.
Health risks aside, I find it somewhat ironic that many of the very people who are embracing this technology would presumably be among the first to protest the use of these types of devices by governments to track and monitor citizens.
You can bet that is exactly what Big Brother has in mind.