Once again, it seems that yesterday’s conspiracy theory is today’s news.
However, the signposts have been there all along. Microchip implants to track pets and livestock and the elderly are now widely available, while microchipping kids is not far off. Extensive animal testing has been conducted on monkeys to enable them to control devices via brain-computer interface. Edible “smart pill” microchips have been embraced as a way to correctly monitor patient dosages and vital signs.
In the name of health and security – always the dynamic duo for introducing the next level of science fiction into everyday reality – a new wirelessly powered implant a fraction the size of a penny, as seen above, promises to offer a whole new ease of medical monitoring and drug delivery.
Futurist and a director of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has discussed at length the imminent Human Body 2.0, which will incorporate medical nanobots that that can deliver drugs to specific cells and also identify certain genetic markers by using fluorescent labeling. Once these nanobots have entered the body, Kurzweil indicates that they could then connect our brains directly to Cloud computing systems. Most significantly, Kurzweil states:
It will be an incremental process, one already well under way. Although version 2.0 is a grand project, ultimately resulting in the radical upgrading of all our physical and mental systems, we will implement it one benign step at a time. Based on our current knowledge, we can already touch and feel the means for accomplishing each aspect of this vision. (emphasis added) [Source]
The wireless microchip is one of those “benign” steps. Using a technology called “mid-field wireless transfer” researchers from Stanford, as reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, seem to have solved the problem of how to provide a low-consumption power source that can wirelessly recharge implantable microchips. They cite a range of benefits:
(The)work could lead to programmable microimplants like sensors that monitor vital functions, electrostimulators that alter neural signals in the brain, and drug delivery systems that apply medicine directly where needed. All without the bulk of batteries and recharging systems required today.
So far, the wireless charging system has been tested in a pig and also used to power a pacemaker in a rabbit. The next step is human trials. Should those prove successful, it will likely take a few years before the system is authorized for commercial usage. (emphasis added) [Source]
To those who have not looked into the issue of microchipped humans, this might sound all well and good within the realm of medicine. However, if we have learned one thing about sci-tech, it always has a tendency to spread – especially in an age of ubiquitous surveillance amid “security threats” of every stripe.
We can see the propaganda push beginning within corporate media that, indeed, microchips will not be limited in scope. As reported by Michael Snyder, a recent BBC article entitled “Why I Want a Microchip Implant” hides nothing in where this is all likely to lead:
Ultimately, implanted microchips offer a way to make your physical body machine-readable. Currently, there is no single standard of communicating with the machines that underpin society – from building access panels to ATMs – but an endless diversity of identification systems: magnetic strips, passwords, PIN numbers, security questions, and dongles. All of these are attempts to bridge the divide between your digital and physical identity, and if you forget or lose them, you are suddenly cut off from your bank account, your gym, your ride home, your proof of ID, and more. An implanted chip, by contrast, could act as our universal identity token for navigating the machine-regulated world. (emphasis added)
Beyond the clear privacy and health implications of literally opening up your body to security breaches – as all computerized systems are now known to have gaping holes – there is the question of radiation. The Stanford researchers insist that this “breakthrough discovery in wireless power requires roughly as much energy as a cell phone and exposes subjects to radiation levels well below the threshold for human safety,” but an increasing number of studies show that cell phones and wireless technology are a grave threat to human health. Here are some of those sources:
- 34 Scientific Studies Showing Adverse Health Effects From Wi-Fi
- New Studies Show Health Risks From Wireless Technology
- Cell Phone Industry Beats Public Health Concern in Maine
- Mobile phones can cause brain tumours, court rules.
- Neuroscientist Exposes Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields
And not only a threat to humans. It is now being shown that birds lose their internal compass in environments polluted with various electromagnetic fields. It is also commonly thought that bees, dolphins and other animals are highly sensitive to electromagnetic radiation.
Lastly, we can never discount the role of the military anywhere within science, as most of what we see trickle into the consumer realm comes from military-funded labs like those at DARPA. And what we see there is not very comforting.
The U.S. military has been looking for ways to create super soldiers who are resistant to diseases and bioattacks through microchipping. Then we have DARPA’s investigations into Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a form of remote mind control that would be made vastly easier through a tiny wireless brain implant.
One thing is for certain, Ray Kurzweil’s Human Body 2.0 is being worked on as we speak. The only thing left to wonder is who will be in control of it?
Here is the official video from Stanford:
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