Human microchipping was originally designed for a simple purpose, the purpose of convenience. Year after year society has grown to be more impatient than ever. We continually want faster food, faster traffic, faster internet/Wifi, faster and slimmer phones every eight months and the list continues to grow with each day. So innovators design every piece of technology with this in mind. The less effort people have to use and the faster the better, the less time people have to spend on looking for their keys, wallets and phones in the morning the better. The original purpose of microchipping humans was to mimic the microchips in our credit cards into our hands or wrists in order to give us access of cardless purchasing to eliminate physical credit cards and debit cards, incase we misplace our cards. Another first use that was much simpler is to open doors without a key at home or work and access our phones and computers without having to remember a password or pin. In my opinion the concept of one chip to access all sounds great but a bit lazy to me. How much time do we really lose by looking for our keys and wallet? Come on, it’s not really that significant that we would go as far to jam a foreign object into our bodies just for the convenience. I argue that we waste far more time staring at our phones wasting hours away on some type of social media thaning looking for our car keys.
Unintended use: as human microchipping has been used for opening doors and unlocking computers over the last couple of years unlikey scientists and doctors believe these microchips can be used for a greater purpose other than peoples superficial needs. Doctors believe these microchips can revolutionize the medical field in treatment and prevention. Medical professionals stress that these chips can be very beneficial to the eldery and dementia patients. It can store their medical information they otherwise would forget if they are lost. It can also be a very helpful tool for first responders by monitoring and recording their pulse and heart rate. In one study John Halamka, an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston got chipped two years ago, “so that if I was ever in an accident, and arrived unconscious or incoherent at an emergency ward, doctors could identify me and access my medical history quickly.” (A chipped person’s medical profile can be continuously updated, since the information is stored on a database accessed via the Internet.) http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsnbk&AN=11A9A05AF9F48470&site=eds-live
Although there are proven benefits this is still not enough to prove that these benefits outway the potential risks and not enough to justice a microchipp can one day save a loved ones life.
Other countries such as Sweden are far more receptive to human microchipping and its capabilities than the United States, we are still wary with privacy concerns. They have train and rail systems that allow citizens to swipe their wrist to avoid physical tickets. Some employers actually require their employees to get microchipped so they could access the building and their computers without keys and passwords. Unlike the U.S. that passed laws that prohibit employers from mandating employees to get microchips. A lot of the same things that swedish citizens are doing with human microchips are not allowed in the U.S. yet. So most of the uses are private and personal use for U.S. citizens is a reason why most advances have not been as successful as expected. One bill passed in Arkansas states “If an employee receives a microchip implant at the request of an employer, the employer shall pay all the costs associated with implanting and removing the microchip, pay all the medical costs incurred by the employee as a result of any bodily injury caused by the implantation or presence of the microchip and disclose to the employee the data that may be maintained and how the data will be used by the employer,” http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsnbk&AN=17120A29E66D2C68&site=eds-live Bills like this one make corporations and employees wary that they are subject to large lawsuits is a another reason why human microchipping is taking so long to take off in the states.
As seen in the video Microchipping is beinging to be a new way of life for Swedish citizens. I believe if Sweden begins to demonstrate more beneficial advancements especially in proving medical benefits of Human microchipping the U.S. will begin to follow its lead in recent years to come.
Lewan, T. (2007, July 22). Microchipping humans brings a whole new round of suspicion. Key West Citizen, The (FL). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsnbk&AN=11A9A05AF9F48470&site=eds-live
Chumley, C. (2019, January 23). Arkansas takes stab at regulating human microchipping. Washington Times, The (DC). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsnbk&AN=17120A29E66D2C68&site=eds-live
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