By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Energy
One in four Germans would be happy to have a microchip implanted in their body if they derived concrete benefits from it, according to a new survey.
German IT industry lobby group BITKOM polled 1,000 people on whether they would be open to having a tiny microchip inserted under their skin "for certain benefits."
According to the results, 23 percent said they would, as reported by Agence France Presse.
One in six, or 16 percent, said they would wear an implant if emergency services personnel could rescue them more quickly in the event of an accident.
Five percent -- about 50 people -- said they would be open to an implant to make shopping easier.
On the other hand, 72 percent said they would not "under any circumstances" allow microchips to be implanted in their body.
But those aren't the only uses for implantable microchips.
Read SmartPlanet's complete coverage on microchip implants:
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- Artificial lens implant to give patients 'high-definition' vision, better than 20/20
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- Brain implants could control computers by 2020, Intel says
- Princeton researchers develop silicone implants that generate energy
- Nanotechnology to end insulin injections for diabetics
Mar 5, 2010
If I feld the benefit would outweigh the faults, yes. How many travelers would implant a chip to get through Airport security fast? We will see in the future.
The problem with chips is that the average chippie will never know what's actually in the chip. Any implant could conceal a locator. While I might get lo-jack for a car; I certainly don't want anyone to have that same ability to locate where I am unless I want it. Retinal or any other implant? What happens if it can be remotely deactivated? Or worse, remotely controlled? Malicious programming is always a threat. Can you imagine implants with trojan horses? No thank you.
Well, one could say that, if a terrorist was targetting Germans, they would be easy to spot. As for security, the passports have encryption but if International authorities are allowed to read the encrypted data, eventually everyone with the means and purpose will be able to read passports. I will not carry an RFID in a credit card as that data is available to anyone with a scanner and I'd prefer nobody knowing that I even have a credit card. Improving my life? So far, I'd say NO. Saving my life? Maybe. These chips only store and deliver information. They are not defibrilators or devices dispensing medication. I'm not even sure I like carrying around a cell phone that can be turned on and that can be used to spy on conversations. I may not have anything to hide. Yet.
OK..I believe the prophetic word on this issue, but lets take a step back and look at the geo-political issues,(excuse the pun) at hand.There are about 120 nations on Earth and only a few recognize human rights as freedoms. Do you honestly want a world body comprised mostly of Socialists and dictators to have access to YOUR information and not only control what you do, but even be able to use that info to make life changing decisions
Chip is already in most Passports. Last year, I had the options for surgery to correct some problems, or surgery for an implantable muscular stimulator to keep everything working like it should. I opted for neither. Evil would already spy ON me, if they wanted to, but not IN me. Do that and I can kiss my soul goodbye, forever. That is a very long time! The mark of the beast.
Each generation of young adults does things that are incomprehensible to their grandparents. I fully expect my grandchildren to agree to be borgs (StarTrek reference).
Who constituted the focus group? I am surprised the numbers are so low. Or maybe it was the wording of the question(s)...
Yes, I would. And yes, I have. Four days ago, I had an implantable medical device replaced. Can it be used to obtain sensitive medical information? Yes. Could it be used to potentially harm me? It certainly could. But it is also used to keep my heart from entering a fatal arrhythmia. Most technology is a double-edged sword. Our job is to ensure that we are aware of the sharpness of both sides.
And it can get blurry at times. Would I get a cybernetic implant to fix a failing body part? Sure I would. Would I get an RFID to allow me to walk through a check out without stopping to pya because everything, including me, would trigger the scanners and automatically deduct it from my account? Absolutely NOT. I might wear such an RFID on a chain around my neck but I would never get it implanted. It's a matter of privacy. The cybernetic eye would let me see again. But it would not impinge on my privacy. Just because I had a cybernetic eye would not mean that unkown people with scanners could identify me at 10 metres away. An RFID on the other hand can be detected at roughly 10m byt individuals with very sensative portable scanners. Everywhere you wnet, and everything you did could be monitored and traced. You would never be able to go "incognito" because the little chip would always tell everyone who you were. That's an invasion of privacy.