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Micro Chip Implants Approved for Humans - Sign of the Beast?

A few months ago I wrote about tiny RFID chips attached to products now being used by mega-manufacturers like Coke, Kraft and Hewlett-Packard to smooth out their inventory problems. It's also the same technology being pushed by veternarians urging owners to "chip" their cats and dogs in the event they get lost or stolen.

Those same chips were approved yesterday by FDA after a year-long review for use in people to track their medical records. How the RFID chip works in humans: Medical data is stored in a database that links a chip's unique serial number with patient data.

The computer chips, about the size of a grain of rice, are designed to be injected into the fatty tissue of the arm. Using a special scanner, doctors and other hospital staff can fetch information from the chips, such as the patient's identity, their blood type and the details of their condition, in order to speed treatments.

Because no U.S. hospitals have placed orders for chips, Applied Digital (the company that makes the chip for humans) plans to give away $650 scanners to 200 trauma centres around the country to jump-start the market.

Yes, I'm a "tech-head," and I understand the good intentions behind such devices, but I have serious reservations about implanting anything unnatural in your body like a computer chip that could compromise your health. And that's not even taking into account the potential risk of exposing your vital personal information to strangers.

Silicon.com October 14, 2004

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