(NaturalNews) British researcher Mark Gasson had a tiny chip injected underneath the skin on his hand in March 2009. The chip, according to reports, was just a bit more advanced than the versions pet owners use to track them, and it turned Gasson into a walking swipe card, essentially.
“With a wave of his wrist,” Business Insider (BI) reported, “he could open security doors at the University of Reading laboratory, where his experiment was being conducted, and he could unlock his cell phone just by cradling it.”
A year after that initial implant, Gasson infected it with a computer virus, one that he could pass onto other computer systems if the building’s computer networks had been programmed to read his chip. As he moved about his workplace, he spread the virus and corrupted computer systems, leaving those areas of the building inaccessible to his colleagues.
At the time of that experiment, Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and author of the book The Future of the Mind, told Fox News that demonstrating the ability to spread the computer virus was an “important point” because “we’re going to have more chips in our body and clothing.”
An ominous warning, indeed.
‘From invasive to pervasive’
Already, thousands of people have implanted medical devices. They include pacemakers and small defibrillators, which are inserted into the chest to treat abnormal heart rhythms, as well as cochlear implants, which help the deaf to hear.
But Gasson says that, in the future, there will be more of a focus on implantable technology for healthy people as well. Part of that is because we are constantly looking for ways to make our lives easier. But the real question is this: What are we willing to do, to accept, in order to do that? Gasson — and others — believe that a sizable portion of the population would relinquish control of their bodies for the unknown potential consequences of such technology.
Written by J. D. Heyes
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