Saturday, June 2, 2012

U.S. companies developing human implants which would make surveillance easier

Barcodes and microchips could be found on nearly everything these days, but could humans be next?

American science fiction author Elizabeth Moon raised a few eyebrows last week when she revived the debate about whether it could be beneficial to place barcodes on babies at birth during an interview on a BBC radio program.

‘I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached — a barcode if you will — an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals,’ she said on a weekly show called The Forum, according to the New York Daily News.

According to Moon, aged 67, the tools that are currently used for the purposes of surveillance and identification, such as video cameras and DNA testing, are too slow and expensive.

Placing a barcode on each person at birth, in her opinion, would solve these problems.

While the technology is already in place, civil liberties advocates have decried past efforts to make ‘barcoding’ a reality, claiming that it would create an Orwellian society devoid of privacy where ‘Big Brother’ is always watching. Read More