My pets have microchips embedded under their skin. That means if they ever get lost, a vet or someone at an animal shelter can track them. This is a no-brainer for many pet owners, and it removes a fear that many of us had prior to this technology being developed.
There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about the pros and cons of implanting microchips into humans. The immediate reaction many of us have when presented with that idea is, “No way! That’s a perfect way for the government to keep tabs on us, to know where everybody is at every moment.”
Of course, if I were kidnapped, I’d really appreciate the fact that authorities could find me promptly. And I’m sure that a captured soldier would be extremely grateful if his unit figured out exactly where he was before his captors tortured him for information. Being able to rescue kidnapped children would be a huge plus for microchip implants, as would finding lost people such as those with dementia, and tracking the location of felons.
There could be many benefits to micro-chipping humans. But the number one downside would be giving away people’s privacy in exchange for a potential but highly unlikely way to protect them from harm. Ever since the USA Patriot Act was established following 9/11, Americans have been giving away their privacy in a trade for the promise of better security and safety from terrorists.
Here’s the bottom line. Do you trust the people who would own the information that could result in locating you at any time wherever you were? When I ask myself that question, the answer is a resounding “no.” Our government has proven over and over again that it will use information about American citizens and organizations for their benefit, not for ours. So, if anyone tells me that I have to be micro-chipped, I’ll let them know where they can place that chip.
How about you? Do you think the upside of micro-chipping humans outweigh the downside? Would you allow yourself to be micro-chipped? Please let me know how you feel about this important issue.