VeriChip the good the bad the beast
Semester: Summer 1 2014
Course: Science and Human Values
College of New Rochelle Co-op City Campus
Growing up hearing about the microchip from family members, Christians, freemasons and conspiracy theorists, I believed that it would not happen in my lifetime. Now as an adult, what was only talked about is now happening today. This leaves me to wonder whose predicted outcome for the microchip will be correct. I chose this particular topic because although fascinated with technology and the evolution of human progress and biometric verification I myself question what would be the outcome of this scientific development or what would this evolve into. Could the Verichip actually save our future or could it violate human freedom? Or Could this Verichip be “the mark of the beast?” Before The RFID Verichip There was Biometric verification. Biometric verification is any means by which a person can be distinctively identified by evaluating one or more distinguishing biological characteristics. These unique traits are your DNA, fingerprints, retina and iris patterns, hair, hand geometry, earlobe geometry, voice waves, and your signature. Biometric verification has advanced significantly with the advancement of computerized databases and the digitization of correspondence data, allowing for almost instant personal identification. Then Technology advanced and created the VeriChip. The VeriChip is a microprocessor used for verification and identification that was manufactured by Applied Digital Solutions. It is a RFID (radiofrequency identification) microchip that can be inserted in the skin of a person providing biometric verification. It has your personal identification number, an electromagnetic coil to transmit data, and a tuning capacitor; these components are covered in a silicon and glass container that is compatible with human tissue and is about the size of a grain of rice....
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