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The Straight Story

(48,121 posts)
Sat Dec 31, 2011, 05:40 PM Dec 2011

FDA approves computer chip for humans

FDA approves computer chip for humans

WASHINGTON — Medical milestone or privacy invasion? A tiny computer chip approved Wednesday for implantation in a patient’s arm can speed vital information about a patient’s medical history to doctors and hospitals. But critics warn that it could open new ways to imperil the confidentiality of medical records.

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that Applied Digital Solutions of Delray Beach, Fla., could market the VeriChip, an implantable computer chip about the size of a grain of rice, for medical purposes.

With the pinch of a syringe, the microchip is inserted under the skin in a procedure that takes less than 20 minutes and leaves no stitches. Silently and invisibly, the dormant chip stores a code that releases patient-specific information when a scanner passes over it.

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Chip's dual uses raise alarm
The VeriChip itself contains no medical records, just codes that can be scanned, and revealed, in a doctor’s office or hospital. With that code, the health providers can unlock that portion of a secure database that holds that person’s medical information, including allergies and prior treatment. The electronic database, not the chip, would be updated with each medical visit.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6237364/ns/health-health_care/t/fda-approves-computer-chip-humans/

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FDA approves computer chip for humans (Original Post) The Straight Story Dec 2011 OP
I would rather not have a computer chip implanted under my skin. limpyhobbler Dec 2011 #1
I agree!!! get the red out Dec 2011 #2
Yet being "chipped" is becoming the norm for domestic animals ProgressiveProfessor Dec 2011 #6
I've been warning about this for years. RFID is evil. HopeHoops Dec 2011 #3
Big Brother is watching Angry Dragon Dec 2011 #4
Panic! Panic! Panic! Panic! (nt) Posteritatis Dec 2011 #5
"The microchips have already been implanted in 1 million pets." Trillo Dec 2011 #7
I have to chime in on this.....those so called safe microchips are dangerous Jello Biafra Dec 2011 #10
I guess medical bracelets are so last century thelordofhell Dec 2011 #8
Just who is gonna pay for this? Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Dec 2011 #9
That ought to send the wing dings over the edge.... Historic NY Dec 2011 #11
It's the Mark of the Beast! Louisiana1976 Dec 2011 #12
These chips can and most likely will be used to track people's movements. AdHocSolver Jan 2012 #13
Just wait until cortical implants are the only way to communicate with the machines. MilesColtrane Jan 2012 #14
I'll stick to my dog tags. sakabatou Jan 2012 #15
When's the Verbal Morality Statute coming out? jmowreader Jan 2012 #16

limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
1. I would rather not have a computer chip implanted under my skin.
Sat Dec 31, 2011, 05:46 PM
Dec 2011

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I hope it doesn't become one of those informal requirements of our society, such as having a credit card, a checking account, providing your social security number everywhere, etc.




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get the red out

(13,453 posts)
2. I agree!!!
Sat Dec 31, 2011, 05:52 PM
Dec 2011

I would not want to see people worrying about being "scanned" for eligibility for insurance or even a job. Who ever dreamed that credit reports would knock people out of employment but they do now. We may end up finding ourselves in a world where you can't risk medical treatment unless there is nothing at all wrong with you, so you can get "points" for that on your chip.

Trillo

(9,154 posts)
7. "The microchips have already been implanted in 1 million pets."
Sat Dec 31, 2011, 06:25 PM
Dec 2011

In the past year I was asked to adopt a cat that had this chip implanted, and I didn't want the chip in the animal. A search of the Internet said that they could be removed. So, I called all the local vets in town. Not one of them would even consider removing it. If it was removed, one of the receptionists said after consulting the vet, it would be very expensive, they said first it had to be located. Apparently they migrate. Upon further questioning, it was actually a refusal to remove it.

http://jacques.prestreau.pagesperso-orange.fr/tortues/pdf/puce-cancers/albrecht-microchip-cancer-synopsis-1.pdf

I meant to add, that if a hospital put one in me as a condition of service, I would want to make sure they included removal of it upon discharge.



Jello Biafra

(439 posts)
10. I have to chime in on this.....those so called safe microchips are dangerous
Sat Dec 31, 2011, 07:30 PM
Dec 2011
http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/microchips-pet/

would never have my dogs subjected to that. Besides, you have to be at close range to detect a pet with one.

More proof that we live in a Nazi police state...wish I could leave this country minimally, more like I want to leave this planet.....
9. Just who is gonna pay for this?
Sat Dec 31, 2011, 07:01 PM
Dec 2011

That's right, the 99%... because I'm sure the 1% won't have to worry about getting "tagged".

AdHocSolver

(2,561 posts)
13. These chips can and most likely will be used to track people's movements.
Sun Jan 1, 2012, 12:58 AM
Jan 2012

About three years ago there was a movie on television about such a system being implemented in the UK.

The movie was fiction (I assume). I can't remember why they were putting "chips" in people. It was a British film, which means it was difficult to understand.

However, chip readers were placed all over England to track people's movements. Readers were placed in train stations, bus stations, and airports. They were placed in stores, libraries, hospitals, just about everywhere.

However, these chips turned out not to be passive. They could be reprogrammed, and it turns out were being used to release deadly viruses into selected individuals.

The only purpose of embedding chips into people is to make it difficult to remove them. The necessary information could be just as easily put on a card, like a credit card, and if necessary, worn like a dog tag.

This technology suggests the same mentality and purpose of the tattooing of ID numbers on concentration camp inmates by Germany during WWII.

MilesColtrane

(18,678 posts)
14. Just wait until cortical implants are the only way to communicate with the machines.
Sun Jan 1, 2012, 01:03 AM
Jan 2012

Your mind will either be refined or you'll be left behind.

jmowreader

(50,339 posts)
16. When's the Verbal Morality Statute coming out?
Sun Jan 1, 2012, 09:54 PM
Jan 2012

I mean, come on: didn't anyone designing this see Demolition Man and think maybe planting chips in people was a BAD thing?

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