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Allie Kornbluth
LIS 1001
December 10, 2004

The Mark Of the Beast

Topic:
Biochip Technology; Uses and Abuses

Working Hypothesis:
What is the correlation between the prophecy of "the mark of the beast", and current trends in biochip technology?

Intro/Thesis statement:
Technology is chipping away at our personal freedoms. In the New Testament, Revelations 13 warns " He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the Beast or the number of his name...". Bible scholars fear that this passage reflects the modern world, and its use of numbers for authentic identification. Imagine the potential of a computer chip to help or hinder the identification process. We are arriving at a time in history when our government is forming an alliance with science and technology. As our generation increasingly embraces technological advances, we continue to witness the ongoing neglect of our personal liberties and private lives. The potential for our global rulers to catalog every single human being, depends on the use of Biochip Implants.

This is the generation of a technological revolution. Just like our ancestors witnessed the spread of the industrial revolution, we are experiencing parallel advances in society today. Technology increases the speed of access to information, which we have at our disposal. Through the advances of technology, the venues in which we have to communicate are almost unlimited. All ranges and ages of individuals can be found using cell phones, ATMs, computers and TV's. We have grown to rely on the microwave, the Internet, E-Z Pass, just as we did the automobile. Satellite images, Global Positioning Systems, wireless networks, and i-pods are just some of the features in our society, today. More sophisticated versions of advanced devices, are currently permeating into our society. Consider Biochip technology. A Biochip is basically a tiny little computer chip that serves to retain information. Although technology guarantees many perks, it also bears an immense burden of responsibility. It is important to evaluate the potential abuses of technology that parallel the potential uses.

Allie Kornbluth
LIS 1001
December 10, 2004

Annotated Bibliography

Caruso, Jeff. "Biometrics benefits, challenges aired." Network World 21.44 (2004): 17. ProQuest Direct. Manhattanville Coll. Lib., Purchase, NY. 8, Dec. 2004. < http://proquest.umi.com >. Jeff Caruso writes for a weeklytradejournal, Network World, which seeks to inform high earning networkandinformation technology consumers, and employees. In this issue, JeffCuraso summed the debate, which took place at the fall, 2004Biometrics Summit. The area of discussion at the conference questionedthe threat of identity fraud, and the requisites to prevent furtherdeception. The concept of security andidentity, appear to be affectingall corners of society today. All who attended the conference areadvocates of Biometric technologies. Inparticular, this publication did notreflectdetailed information regarding the future of the Biometric industry."Biometrics benefits, challenges aired" was as effective as the audienceat the conference. Although privacy concerns were raised,only onedemographic effected by Biometrics participated in the dialogue.Evenso, weekly issues of Network World typically include statisticaldata,casestudies, as well as expert product tests and reviews. Feder, Barnaby J., Zeller, Tom Jr. "Identity Chip Planted Under Skin for Use inHealth Care." New York Times. 14, Oct. 2004. Late Edition. A.1. ProquestDirect. Manhattanville Coll. Lib., Purchase, NY. 29 November 2004. The New York Times reported recently thatthe Food and Drug Administration have approved biochip implantationdevices to be used in humans. Writers,...
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