Microchip is a device which is inserted into a living body, often for tracking and identification purposes. As they are normally a radio frequency identification chips, which are inserted under the skin and are read with a RFID reader to access the information contained on the devices. A human microchip implant is implanted in the body of a human being. A human microchip is an integrated circuit device or RFID transponder encased in silicate glass. A sub dermal implant typically contains a unique ID number which can be linked to information contained in an external database, such as medical history, personal identification, medications and contact information.
In 1998 by the British scientist Kevin Warwick the 1st reported experiment with an RFID implant was carried out. For experiment his implant was used to switch on lights, open doors and cause verbal output within a building. This experimental implant has since been held in the Science Museum, London. Since several additional hobbyists, at that time have placed RFID microchip implants into their hands or had them placed there by others for experiment.
Amal Graafstra, writer of the book "RFID Toys", requested doctors to implant microchip in his hands. A cosmetic surgeon used a scalpel to place a microchip in his left hand also his family doctor injected a chip into his right hand using a veterinary Avid injector kit. To open his home and car doors and to log on to his computer Graafstra uses the implants microchip.
The person will find himself inducted into the community of "grinders". For technological improvements hobbyists modify their own body. Similarly, as you might find hackers tinkering away at software code or petrol heads poring over an engine, grinders dream up ways to tweak their own bodies. Best accepted upgrade is to implant a microchip under the skin, usually in the soft webbing between the thumb and forefinger.
There are 3 embodiments that Microchip devices might have:
1. Read only
3. Read-write with tracking capabilities.
The simplest form of the device would have a read-only character, similar to that now used in humans. Even this most basic form would have numerous applications, for example, to identify Alzheimer's patients, children and the unconscious. A broader use would be as a class of national identification card, based upon the identifying number carried on the microchip.
An additional form of the microchip implant could be a read-write device. This type of microchip would be capable of carrying a set of information which could be expanded as necessary. That is so because this type of device allows the storage of variable data, and is programmable at a distance.
3. Read-write and Tracking
In addition to the read-write capabilities described above, a device can also emit a radio signal which could be tracked. Applications would again be numerous as evidenced by the less advanced technologies already in existence.
As a pre-trial detention monitor an electronic tethering system is used in some jurisdictions. An ankle bracelet monitors a subject to make certain that he remains within his home. If the device is removed, or the subject is more than 50 feet from the receiver (telephone) it should transmit a signal to police.
As we all know Advantages and Disadvantages always exist:
Advantages of Human Implant
• Hospitals can gain access to medical history regardless of location by scanning one's implant chip. The speed at which this information can be attained may be vital to one's survival.
• The tracking function can aid authorities in locating missing persons, fugitives, etc. The tracking function can also be used to identify criminals at the scene of a crime and as well as locating those who have fled the scene of the crime.
In the medical field the advantage will be that all the information required for the hospital will be available with a simple scan. They would be able to know if the patent is allergic or if he or she suffers any conditions. The process to have a microchip installed is painless and simple. It is placed on your upper arm also undetectable. You will be able to go to the doctor's office to have this microchip placed in your body. Once the microchip is implanted your account profile will commence and any modification or additions will be simple to make. If a patient needs attention while unconscious the hospital will be able to access the information needed such as what kind of drugs are being consumed by the subject and a link to view the records of the patient at the hospital where he is usually treated. Therefore, the RFID will be able to communicate for you if you ever are impaired from doing so.
As to their advantage as well, authorities will be able to use this microchip. They will be able to follow fugitives or locate missing people. The tracking capability will be able to be used to identify criminals at the scene of the crime or those who fled the scene of the crime.
Disadvantages of Human Implant
• Potential threat with respect to invasion of privacy
• Potential threat to religious liberty
• Potential compromise to religious salvation
The major disadvantage of microchip implants for organizations is that the general public would be very skeptical and hesitant to go through with the procedure. For most people it is an invasion of privacy. A persons' entire life would be accessible to anyone with a scanner. Individuality theft would be at high risk. These fears would make it very hard for organizations to convince people to adopt the new technology.
An enormous disadvantage would be the fact that the microchip is not as secure as it may sound. We do live in a new IT world where hacking into someone's complete information can be harmful for the individual and extremely easy for the criminal especially since all the information is in one place.