The Fears of Human Microchipping

When hearing about human microchipping, all that is released from the media is the benefits and how wonderful the device is. However, nobody ever speaks about the fears people have about getting a microchip implanted into their hand. These fears include, but are not limited to, our professional lives, our concept of privacy, and if we are losing something necessary in society. Many things could change with a new device in our hand and nobody really knows how safe they are. It is important to understand how the fears of people will impact the effectiveness of the device itself. The fears of the consumers control the success or failure of the device.

The workplace is always wanting to make improvements on the efficiency of their product. This could be at a bank, restaurant, or even a prison. Human microchipping would improve the output tenfold. However, there is also another view on this. The employees, who don’t see this as a necessary thing, could decide against the implantation of the microchip because there is a chance that the business they work for could be using them to track their employees. This would not be the first time this happened. According to The Guardian “In 2015, for example, a woman was fired after she deleted an employee tracking app that recorded her movements, even when she was not at work”(Schwartz, 2019). This is a big fear that many people have when it comes to the workplace. People fear that with a device implanted in their hand at all times that cannot be turned on or off, the managers or people in charge of the business can track their every move. The people don’t want their personal privacy to be invaded, which would include their location at work and out of work. Forms of tracking are already being done today just by carrying around a phone, imagine what could happen when a device is put in our body.

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Another big fear that people face with human microchipping would be an invasion of privacy. Many fear the invasion of their privacy because these rice size devices are implanted into your hand and could easily be hacked or manipulated to hurt you. According to GovTech “In the future, consumers could zip through airport scanners; scan passports or driver’s license; open doors; start cars; and operate home automation systems. All of it, if the technology pans out, with the simple wave of a hand.…”(Lohrmann, 2021) This is a big fear of many because of how easily people can steal not only your identity, but also have access to your home, car, and many other personal things. Our privacy is being invaded 24/7 by the NSA, could you imagine what the government would be able to do with these devices implanted into our hands. Another major fear that could happen is that the chip gets hacked and now the hacker has access to the bank accounts and your card that are linked together and to your chip. This could also happen when scanning the microchip to make a purchase. The hacker could put a device to read your chip and “scam” you the same way people hack credit cards currently.

This technology would overall be an enriching leap forward for humans as it would make having keys and a wallet obsolete. As technology is advancing, carrying extra items around, such as cash, cards, and keys, are beginning to be done away with. This new technology helps in having access to all of these items while not having to have them on us. We are not losing any humanity by adopting the human microchip but it would overall make our lives easier and more efficient. Our lifestyle would change a little because we would no longer need to carry as many things on us at once since everything is programmed into the chip. We also get to choose whether or not we would like to have the microchip implanted. So, if you don’t feel as if the positives outweigh the negatives, you don’t have to get a microchip implanted. Getting the implant is simply a choice that you can make for yourself.

In conclusion, there are many fears people have about having a device implanted into your hand. Being tracked and watched wherever we are from our professional lives and risking the loss of privacy are understandably the biggest fears. These are all factors that people have and influence their decision on whether or not it is worth getting the chip.

References

Guardian News and Media. (2019, November 8). The Guardian. Retrieved September 12, 2021, from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/08/the-rise-of-microchipping-are-we-ready-for-technology-to-get-under-the-skin.

Lohrmann, D. (2021, April 29). . GovTech. Retrieved September 12, 2021, from https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/chip-implants-the-next-big-privacy-debate.html.