Big Brother and The Mark Of the Beast
Should humans be micro-chipped?
30 Nov, 2010 04:18 PM
Fairfield City Champion
TRY this for a conversation starter: at birth, all humans should be
implanted with a tracking microchip.
It sounds like the plot of a science fiction book or a movie that would
sit on the shelf next to Blade Runner.
But adding humans to the long list of things implanted with microchips
was a hot topic at one Fairfield Council committee meeting last week.
The Crime Prevention Group discussed blurring man with machine by
inserting a microchip in humans' bottoms at birth.
Cabramatta police Superintendent Ray King surprised the group when he
brought up the idea as a future policing strategy for the area.
The microchips could show police the location of a person and also
provide information about them such as their date and country of birth.
He said the microchips could be implanted in the bodies of serious
criminal offenders such as paedophiles.
Mr King said the idea might appear to be from "left field" but was
likely to be the way of the future.
"In my opinion policing needs not only to respond to the continuing
challenges of criminal violence but to anticipate crime to prevent it,"
"Changing policing environments requires regular adjustment and
To some the Frankenstein-like idea may seem as likely as pigs growing
wings, but to others it is simply the natural development of technology.
The head of the University of Western Sydney's Centre for Industry and
Innovation Studies, Oscar Hauptman, said it was "more than likely"
humans would be microchipped by 2025.
He said the technological capability to do so had existed for the past
"It sounds like fiction at the moment but stem cell research once
sounded like fiction as well," he said.
"It's extremely simple. You won't be able to notice it being put under
the skin and it would be very useful."
But the inevitable ethical and moral conundrums are difficult hurdles
for some to jump.
Fairfield mayor Nick Lalich said chipping humans was a "monumental
step" that had to be taken with "great caution".
"It's a completely new field and all legal, medical and ethical
dimensions would need to be examined," he said.
It was clear that the jury was still out on the idea when the Champion
interviewed residents in the Fairfield CBD.
One resident, Robyne Haasman, said the idea of knowing the movements of
her three young daughters was an attractive one — especially when they
But she said the idea was a little too "big brother".
"I just think it's an invasion of privacy," she said. "I believe it
will happen but I think that will be the start of the end of everything
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