Typically, human microchip implantation is an identifying and diagnosing integrated circuit device [RFID transponder], wrapped in the silicate glass and implanted inside the human body. This type of implantation usually consists of a unique ID number that is used to link the information accommodates in an external database like contact information, medical details, personal identity, law enforcement, medications, and allergies.
Building access and security
In February 2006, City Watcher, Inc. of Cincinnati, OH became the first company in the world to implant microchips. This company implants it into their employees' body as part of their security system and building access control. A main limitation for such systems is the relative satisfaction with which the ID number of 16-digit contained in a microchip implant can be accessed and cloned by the use of a hand-held device, a dilemma that has been determined publicly by security researcher Jonathan West hues and mentioned in the May 2006 issue of Wired magazine.
The Baja Beach Club, a nightclub in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, once used VeriChip implants for identifying VIP guests.
The Epicenter in Stockholm, Sweden is using RFID implants for employees to operate security doors, copiers, and pay for lunch.
Possible future applications
In 2017, the chief executive of the World Olympians Association, Mike Miller, had widely announced by suggesting the utilization of such implants of microchips in athletes as an attempt to remove difficulties in sports due to drug taking.
Another application was discussed by the legislature of Indonesia’s Irian Jaya, in 2008 to examine the activities of HIV infected person in order to reduce chances to other person to get infected with HIV. The microchipping section had however not included into the final version of the provincial HIV/AIDS Handling bylaw and passed by the legislature in December 2008. With present technology, this would not be applicable anyway since there is no implantable device on the market with GPS tracking capability.
Theoretically, a GPS made chips to one day make it possible for any person to be physically located by longitude, altitude, latitude and velocity. Such implantable GPS devices are not technically achievable at this time. However, if will expand at some future point. Implantable GPS devices can also help authorities to locate missing people and those who fled from a crime scene.
Criticisms and Concerns
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] accepted implanting microchips in humans, the developer mentioned that it would save the lives and help doctors to scan the tiny transponders to approach patients’ medical report almost instantly. The FDA found that the device was safe and sub-agencies even called it as one of the 2005’s top “innovative technology”. But later it was reported that microchips when implanted into any living organisms can cause cancer. When experiment to inject microchips in dogs was analyzed in between 1996 to 2006 then it was identified that there are symptoms of cancerous tumor in dog. So, it also causes cancer to human. However, this the issue is considered reliable for further more investigation, one of the studies cited cautioned “Blind leaps from the detection of tumors to the prediction of human health risk should be avoided”.
Risk to human freedom
Microchips can change the states of consciousness by affecting hormones and many other biological functions of human body. These microchips are having the potential to get misused by authoritarian governments. This technology has possibility to be used by the government to create an 'Orwellian' dystopia. In today’s world, self-determination i.e. the ability to think without any restriction and all personal freedom would be entirely lost. At that time, humans would be digital slaves to the government, associations or networks that owned the microchipping technology.