It wasn’t all that long ago that the majority of American consumers were digging through their purses and wallets at the checkout counter, trying to come up with the right number of greenbacks and coins to pay for their items. Now, a vast majority of us are swiping debit and credit cards for that same purpose.
Although it sometimes pays to use cash for many things, and it’s certainly easier for most people to adhere to a budget when they do that, I don’t have a big problem with using cards for purchases. But I’m definitely concerned about the next logical step in the evolutionary process.
It’s called RFID, and I don’t mean Really Fabulous Intoxicating Drinks. I’m referring to radio-frequency identification chips that are about the size of a piece of rice. There is a movement afoot to implant them in every baby so that he or she can be tracked for their entire lives. Of course, the idea is presented in a manner that makes it seem like the government is trying to protect us. You know, in case we’re ever abducted or just go missing.
But we all know that the real reason they want us micro-chipped is so they can keep tabs on us and learn where we are at a moment’s notice, should that become necessary. Like everything else, it’s all about control.
RFID is not some 1984 nightmare of the future. It’s already started. A company in Sweden is micro-chipping all of its willing employees, who now only have to wave their hand in front of a scanner in order to open locked doors, make the photocopier work, etc.
One of the higher-ups at the company actually has his entire business card embedded into his chip. He believes that this is the wave of the future. Pretty soon all paper money, coins, debit and credit cards, keys, and even pin codes could be relics of the past.
How would you respond if your employer or the government told you that you had to have a chip implanted under your skin? I’d love to hear how you feel about this.