One Generation is all they need

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  1. ChemicalGal

    ChemicalGal Monkey+++

    One Generation Is All They Need
    Added: Feb 4th, 2007 10:36 AM

    Kevin Haggerty
    Special to the Star

    By the time my four-year-old son is swathed in the soft flesh of old age, he will likely find it unremarkable that he and almost everyone he knows will be permanently implanted with a microchip. Automatically tracking his location in real time, it will connect him with databases monitoring and recording his smallest behavioural traits.

    Most people anticipate such a prospect with a sense of horrified disbelief, dismissing it as a science-fiction fantasy. The technology, however, already exists. For years humane societies have implanted all the pets that leave their premises with a small identifying microchip. As well, millions of consumer goods are now traced with tiny radio frequency identification chips that allow satellites to reveal their exact location.

    A select group of people are already "chipped" with devices that automatically open doors, turn on lights, and perform other low-level miracles. Prominent among such individuals is researcher Kevin Warwick of Reading University in England; Warwick is a leading proponent of the almost limitless potential uses for such chips.

    Other users include the patrons of the Baja Beach Club in Barcelona, many of whom have paid about $150 (U.S.) for the privilege of being implanted with an identifying chip that allows them to bypass lengthy club queues and purchase drinks by being scanned. These individuals are the advance guard of an effort to expand the technology as widely as possible.

    From this point forward, microchips will become progressively smaller, less invasive, and easier to deploy. Thus, any realistic barrier to the wholesale "chipping" of Western citizens is not technological but cultural. It relies upon the visceral reaction against the prospect of being personally marked as one component in a massive human inventory.

    Today we might strongly hold such beliefs, but sensibilities can, and probably will, change. How this remarkable attitudinal transformation is likely to occur is clear to anyone who has paid attention to privacy issues over the past quarter-century. There will be no 3 a.m. knock on the door by storm troopers come to force implants into our bodies. The process will be more subtle and cumulative, couched in the unassailable language of progress and social betterment, and mimicking many of the processes that have contributed to the expansion of closed-circuit television cameras and the corporate market in personal data.

    A series of tried and tested strategies will be marshalled to familiarize citizens with the technology. These will be coupled with efforts to pressure tainted social groups and entice the remainder of the population into being chipped.

    This, then, is how the next generation will come to be microchipped.

    It starts in distant countries. Having tested the technology on guinea pigs, both human and animal, the first widespread use of human implanting will occur in nations at the periphery of the Western world. Such developments are important in their own right, but their international significance pertains to how they familiarize a global audience with the technology and habituate them to the idea that chipping represents a potential future.

    An increasing array of hypothetical chipping scenarios will also be depicted in entertainment media, furthering the familiarization process.

    In the West, chips will first be implanted in members of stigmatized groups. Pedophiles are the leading candidate for this distinction, although it could start with terrorists, drug dealers, or whatever happens to be that year's most vilified criminals. Short-lived promises will be made that the technology will only be used on the "worst of the worst." In fact, the wholesale chipping of incarcerated individuals will quickly ensue, encompassing people on probation and on parole.

    Even accused individuals will be tagged, a measure justified on the grounds that it would stop them from fleeing justice. Many prisoners will welcome this development, since only chipped inmates will be eligible for parole, weekend release, or community sentences. From the prison system will emerge an evocative vocabulary distinguishing chippers from non-chippers.

    Although the chips will be justified as a way to reduce fraud and other crimes, criminals will almost immediately develop techniques to simulate other people's chip codes and manipulate their data.

    The comparatively small size of the incarcerated population, however, means that prisons would be simply a brief stopover on a longer voyage. Commercial success is contingent on making serious inroads into tagging the larger population of law-abiding citizens. Other stigmatized groups will therefore be targeted. This will undoubtedly entail monitoring welfare recipients, a move justified to reduce fraud, enhance efficiency, and ensure that the poor do not receive "undeserved" benefits.

    Once e-commerce is sufficiently advanced, welfare recipients will receive their benefits as electronic vouchers stored on their microchips, a policy that will be tinged with a sense of righteousness, as it will help ensure that clients can only purchase government-approved goods from select merchants, reducing the always disconcerting prospect that poor people might use their limited funds to purchase alcohol or tobacco.

    Civil libertarians will try to foster a debate on these developments. Their attempts to prohibit chipping will be handicapped by the inherent difficulty in animating public sympathy for criminals and welfare recipients — groups that many citizens are only too happy to see subjected to tighter regulation. Indeed, the lesser public concern for such groups is an inherent part of the unarticulated rationale for why coerced chipping will be disproportionately directed at the stigmatized.

    The official privacy arm of the government will now take up the issue. Mandated to determine the legality of such initiatives, privacy commissioners and Senate Committees will produce a forest of reports presented at an archipelago of international conferences. Hampered by lengthy research and publication timelines, their findings will be delivered long after the widespread adoption of chipping is effectively a fait accompli. The research conclusions on the effectiveness of such technologies will be mixed and open to interpretation.

    Officials will vociferously reassure the chipping industry that they do not oppose chipping itself, which has fast become a growing commercial sector. Instead, they are simply seeking to ensure that the technology is used fairly and that data on the chips is not misused. New policies will be drafted.

    Employers will start to expect implants as a condition of getting a job. The U.S. military will lead the way, requiring chips for all soldiers as a means to enhance battlefield command and control — and to identify human remains. From cooks to commandos, every one of the more than one million U.S. military personnel will see microchips replace their dog tags.

    Following quickly behind will be the massive security sector. Security guards, police officers, and correctional workers will all be expected to have a chip. Individuals with sensitive jobs will find themselves in the same position.

    The first signs of this stage are already apparent. In 2004, the Mexican attorney general's office started implanting employees to restrict access to secure areas. The category of "sensitive occupation" will be expansive to the point that anyone with a job that requires keys, a password, security clearance, or identification badge will have those replaced by a chip.

    Judges hearing cases on the constitutionality of these measures will conclude that chipping policies are within legal limits. The thin veneer of "voluntariness" coating many of these programs will allow the judiciary to maintain that individuals are not being coerced into using the technology.

    In situations where the chips are clearly forced on people, the judgments will deem them to be undeniable infringements of the right to privacy. However, they will then invoke the nebulous and historically shifting standard of "reasonableness" to pronounce coerced chipping a reasonable infringement on privacy rights in a context of demands for governmental efficiency and the pressing need to enhance security in light of the still ongoing wars on terror, drugs, and crime.

    At this juncture, an unfortunately common tragedy of modern life will occur: A small child, likely a photogenic toddler, will be murdered or horrifically abused. It will happen in one of the media capitals of the Western world, thereby ensuring non-stop breathless coverage. Chip manufactures will recognize this as the opportunity they have been anticipating for years. With their technology now largely bug-free, familiar to most citizens and comparatively inexpensive, manufacturers will partner with the police to launch a high-profile campaign encouraging parents to implant their children "to ensure your own peace of mind."

    Special deals will be offered. Implants will be free, providing the family registers for monitoring services. Loving but unnerved parents will be reassured by the ability to integrate tagging with other functions on their PDA so they can see their child any time from any place.

    Paralleling these developments will be initiatives that employ the logic of convenience to entice the increasingly small group of holdouts to embrace the now common practice of being tagged. At first, such convenience tagging will be reserved for the highest echelon of Western society, allowing the elite to move unencumbered through the physical and informational corridors of power. Such practices will spread more widely as the benefits of being chipped become more prosaic. Chipped individuals will, for example, move more rapidly through customs.

    Indeed, it will ultimately become a condition of using mass-transit systems that officials be allowed to monitor your chip. Companies will offer discounts to individuals who pay by using funds stored on their embedded chip, on the small-print condition that the merchant can access large swaths of their personal data. These "discounts" are effectively punitive pricing schemes, charging unchipped individuals more as a way to encourage them to submit to monitoring. Corporations will seek out the personal data in hopes of producing ever more fine-grained customer profiles for marketing purposes, and to sell to other institutions.

    By this point all major organizations will be looking for opportunities to capitalize on the possibilities inherent in an almost universally chipped population. The uses of chips proliferate, as do the types of discounts. Each new generation of household technology becomes configured to operate by interacting with a person's chip.

    Finding a computer or appliance that will run though old-fashioned "hands-on"' interactions becomes progressively more difficult and costly. Patients in hospitals and community care will be routinely chipped, allowing medical staff — or, more accurately, remote computers — to monitor their biological systems in real time.

    Eager to reduce the health costs associated with a largely docile citizenry, authorities will provide tax incentives to individuals who exercise regularly. Personal chips will be remotely monitored to ensure that their heart rate is consistent with an exercise regime.

    By now, the actual process of "chipping" for many individuals will simply involve activating certain functions of their existing chip. Any prospect of removing the chip will become increasingly untenable, as having a chip will be a precondition for engaging in the main dynamics of modern life, such as shopping, voting, and driving.

    The remaining holdouts will grow increasingly weary of Luddite jokes and subtle accusations that they have something to hide. Exasperated at repeatedly watching neighbours bypass them in "chipped" lines while they remain subject to the delays, inconveniences, and costs reserved for the unchipped, they too will choose the path of least resistance and get an implant.

    In one generation, then, the cultural distaste many might see as an innate reaction to the prospect of having our bodies marked like those of an inmate in a concentration camp will likely fade.

    In the coming years some of the most powerful institutional actors in society will start to align themselves to entice, coerce, and occasionally compel the next generation to get an implant.

    Now, therefore, is the time to contemplate the unprecedented dangers of this scenario. The most serious of these concern how even comparatively stable modern societies will, in times of fear, embrace treacherous promises. How would the prejudices of a Joe McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover, or of southern Klansmen — all of whom were deeply integrated into the American political establishment — have manifest themselves in such a world? What might Hitler, Mao or Milosevic have accomplished if their citizens were chipped, coded, and remotely monitored?

    Choirs of testimonials will soon start to sing the virtues of implants. Calm reassurances will be forthcoming about democratic traditions, the rule of law, and privacy rights. History, unfortunately, shows that things can go disastrously wrong, and that this happens with disconcerting regularity. Little in the way of international agreements, legality, or democratic sensibilities has proved capable of thwarting single-minded ruthlessness.

    "It can't happen here" has become the whispered swan song of the disappeared. Best to contemplate these dystopian potentials before we proffer the tender forearms of our sons and daughters. While we cannot anticipate all of the positive advantages that might be derived from this technology, the negative prospects are almost too terrifying to contemplate.

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  2. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Outstanding well thought out article...

    Black market blank chips??? would it be possible to read someones file covertly ( like online at the bankor post office )then upload their file to a blank chip????Or just a easily programmable device to mimic any chip...

    I agree it'll become "voluntary" like a drivers license, and "you don't have anything to hide? Do you?" Will become an advertising slogan.:(
  3. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Agreed. Very Nice.

    All computerized technology can be hacked, no exceptions.

    Agreed, and although your advertising slogan gives me chills..... I believe it's one that will be seen.

    I hereby make this pledge. My home is a chip free zone. I will never allow myself or my dog or my livestock to be rfid chipped.
  4. snowbyrd

    snowbyrd Latet anguis in herba


    Those 'discount' cards at the grocery store? Used to track YOUR purchases, mine are all false info on the form. (How many rolls of TP or cans of tuna?) When atm machines first came out the older generation would not use them, however the younger gen would. When any new technology comes out it just takes time until it is generally accepted. How many dogs are 'chipped' now? In Commiefornia all dogs aquired at the pound are 'chipped' before you can bail them out. It is kinda wierd how the Bible talks about this ie Mark of the Beast, without it you cannot buy or sell, vollentary (sp) 'chipping'. I am not disparaging anyone elses belief system. Even if you only look at the Bible as a history book it is interesting as to the 'prophesys' (sp) that are comming around. 'Chipping' is here now and in use. Just look the the ads on TV for debit cards, one shows that the person using cash slows (stops) the flow of fast food in a fast food joint. Know the one I'm talking about? The checkout line at your local store that uses ONLY debit/credit cards....seen them? Cashless economy. How do your think that stores know you have paid for something when you walk out the door through them sensor things "BEEP BEEP BEEP". Notice the pad that they put your stuff on, it deactavates the chip, yea right.

    [soap] enough, sigh, snowbyrd

    I agree very good post, just one of my pet peeves, thanks for the thought inspiring piece. :oops:
  5. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Re: Incrementalism

    blackjack"chipfree zone?" Just don't eat any ( rfid sprinkled)"gubmint cheese"...or disaster relief foods.[monkeyeating][monkeyeating].foosed[yukface]
  6. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    VI Lenin said: we will give them small doses of socialism until they wake up one day in Communism. Our forefathers didn't want a democracy, and warned against it. A republic, if we can keep it. Some people have concluded the chip is the mark. Rev 14: 9 says take notice of them Worshipping the beast, which indicates a one world religion some day which is different from commercial control. I may have to buy and sell with their mark, [bar code, chip] but I will not worship their ungodly universal religion.
  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I'm not scared. Only a very small percentage of this nation cling to their inherant rights as being sovereign and free. Fewer still have the knowledge and understanding that is necessary to protect those rights. If we look at the success rate over the last 100 years in securing the republic and its traditional authority, we wil find that this is a battle that is being lost. Not one person alive today who was born after 1933 has been born a free citizen of any named State. There is no constitution in effect, it is only granted lip-service. We live in a new world, a country that has come to operate under the tennets of martial law -a coded, colorable legal system with an equally colorable monetary system.

    When FDR said that we will never go back to the old ways, he wasn't kidding. Perhaps there is wisdom in accepting the bad with the good; we may very well have a New World Order that will end all wars, famine, and desparity. And even though right now we have greedy corporations and warmongers as politicians running the stage, it may not always be so. Perhaps this is our only true direction. Maybe we will need to lose some lives in order to save the whole. National boundaries, blind religious devotion, and ruthless dictatorships may one day be only a history book connotation. What better way to rid the world of bloody senseless wars, religious fanaticism, and capitalistic greed than to soak every fiber first, completely engulf the world in its sickening desire to destroy itself -and survive it all, come out of the storm and realize finally that we want nothing more to do with the misconceptions of ages gone by.

    If we do survive, what kind of world could we have without these terrible creations of mans fears and ignorance? I see hope awaiting us in the end, not a terrible police state. I see true freedom -mankind being free of the chains of hatred and greed which have bound us all of these thousands of years. I see an order of enlightened human beings all working toward a common goal -with no differences that destroy their effort and progress. I see a system of order that encompasses all peoples of the world, and holds all accountable to the same standard. Humans may be able to finally progress through time achieving wonderous things with advanced technology, and more. But, the long road to that destination is certainly going to be marked with terrible losses.

    Yet, can we find an alternate path?

    Will people change on their own? Only an ignorant fool will believe that the masses will do such a thing. People need to be culled. They need to be directed. They need order and discipline. Without such guidelines there will only be chaos.

    Now, some may argue that "this life is theirs to live how they choose" -but really, what do they have to show for it? And at what cost to others shall they decide to live "their" lives in this modern world? Like it or not, we are all interconnected. We are one people, with one main purpose -to survive. So what is wrong with a few corporations, banking cartels, and governments forcing the issue? Certainly their tactics are harsh. Surely they cost lives and create turbulence. They shape the world through force and with deception. But, could the people actually handle the truth? Will they willingly put aside all their differences, all their hate, their greed, their lustful desires in order to be selfless and caring enough to build a great society on their own? You know the answer to that question as well as I.

    Hate the New World Order for what they appear to be, but I promise you that as long as we, the People remain GOOD PEOPLE, we may find that in time we will have a world that all can be proud of. A future all our own, and a destiny with the stars.
  8. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    New World Order, or "Stranger in a Strange Land." It is to be hoped we get to pick, not have one shoved down our gullets.
  9. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I don't like it any more than the next person. It is damned inconvenient to have to be enslaved in order to finally see the end of the tunnel, so to speak. I don't want a police state. None of us who are freedom loving patriots do. But what is at stake here is more than one nation. It is a grand idea as old as our history itself.

    I am willing to submit to a greater cause just as long as there will be room left for individual thought. I am still at war with this issue. Some globalists only wish to destroy humanity. They kill mercilessly, without regard to humanity. I believe that those individuals are despicable, and have lost their perspective, because we certainly cannot save humanity by destroying it -and I speak of what lies inside of us. I hope that after the walls of ignorance and deceit have been torn down, after the storm, some will still possess the courage and constitution to take a stand and lead the way to a better future. But that's only wishful thinking...yet we have seen many times over, humanity struggle for peace and freedom. Wherever tyranny rears its ugly head, eventually the people take a stand against it because those ways are self destructive.

    Maybe one day we will get it right.

    I know that there are good people fighting the good fight high up in powerful positions. But, even their ways are somewhat destructive. I can just see no way that we can move forward without first destroying the fascade that exists as our reality. A lot of people will eventually be killed, the innocent along with them. It is the greatest burden I have ever come to know.
    The most powerful organizations in the world are dead set on commiting mass genocide and creating multiple wars, installing dictators and funding communism worldwide, then pushing mankind to the brink of armageddon. And it looks more and more as though our fate has already been decided.

    Their greatest weakness is the fact that all of their power is invested in the monetary systems. Their greatest strength is the support the receive from the ignorant masses, and the peoples' indifference to change.
  10. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Theres one true problem with the idea that a one world order could ever be a good thing. Power corupts and absolute power corupts absolutely. In that type of a system there would be so much power among so few that corupt tyrants would rule with no one able to stand against them. If in doubt all one has to do is look to our own federal gov and see the way they have taken our country since all power has come to be understood to come down from them.
  11. GaryBrun

    GaryBrun Monkey+++

    Eric [SIZE=-1]Arthur [/SIZE] Blair would be proud.
  12. duanet

    duanet Monkey+++

    Read an interesting comment on the use of fingerprint id technoligy by some US troops in Iraq. Some group in US asked the grunts in the field what they really needed and the troops suggested some way to keep track of the guys on the street. The group came up with a portable fingerprint id device, tested it, and sent it to Iraq in about 3 or 4 months. Let the troops stop a person when on patrol and enter his data and fingerprints into a data base. Next time they stoped him, they knew who he was and where he had been last checked, and by whom. That was done in a few months and with no government funds. The Army response was that they were testing something similar and it would be evaluated in the future. Now the kicker. Part of the reason it was so effective was that the bad guys who were checked tended to get out of Dodge post haste as they could no longer count on not speaking english and false papers as a cover. The second reason was that someone, no one knows who, started a rumor that the fingerprint reader, you inserted your thumb into it for a scan, was actually implanting a microchip and that the partol could not only know that you were hidding on the roof to snipe or in the house, but could id you and enter it into the daata base before you fired. Kind of like the solution that stopped the process of dueling. When the law got tough and started to hang the winner of the duel, if that makes the term winner appropriate, almost everyone decided that their honor would accept that appology,
    We talk of privacy and such, but I know that if I was a grunt in the field, I would sure be in favor of all Iraqi's being chipped and if it worked, AI expect homeland defense would love to see all people entering the US being chipped and then where does it go. If you are herding sheeple, it is really handy if the dog knows where the sheeple are and who they are. And like the 'paperless money", it will probably be so convinent that we all will do it in order to cash our checks, have our medical records available, be able to use "public" transportation and so on. Found out last week yhay I had to have a picture id issued by the government in order to ride the bus to the airport 40 miles away or to go to Boston. The bus crosses a state line and thus the government sets the rules. The rules are a changing to paraphrase Bob Dillon, and it is being done in such a way that we don't even notice. If you draw a signicifant amount of cash out of your bank account, the bank has to file forms, and you have to have id to deposit signicifant amounts of cash into the account, all done to fight drugs you know. I think most of the sheeple will be demanding their chips so that they will have all the benefits it gives them.
  13. MbRodge

    MbRodge Monkey+++

    I imagine they will make it a public safety issue first. "If their child had been chipped we could have found her within minutes of her abduction...look what happens when a few whacko hillbilies force their privacy beliefs on a child too young to decide for herself!" Then the public outcry: "What parent would do that to their own kid!" "There should be a law!" Before you know it, the child is chipped at birth (just like the footprint) for their own safety, of course, and they can take it out at 18 if they want. Of course by then they are so used to it and the convienece it provides not many have it removed! Especially since it will be a costly procedure, like plastic surgery, even though having the chip placed was "free" (read tax payer funded.)
  14. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    found on prison planet...I had taken a haitus and stayed out of there for aWHILE... BUT:
    I have not triied this....(yet)[own2]Could verywell just be two security threads in close proximityl flare up where ever the distance each is right. Chop a bunch of hotdogs into pieces on a plate and microwave they will flare up at places where the distance between them is a certain size( resonant frequency?).
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