Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Implants a Good Idea?

Newsmax has a story about implanted chips in military troops.

I have always been wary of technology since it seems we moderns let it almost have a life of its own. The 'spirit' of technology is the new god of our age. It never sleeps, it's always improving things, always looking for faster, and more efficient means to doing things; it promises more time, less work, with greater results, and happiness, yes, always happiness. It seems benign with some things like television in the fifties, to color television in the sixties, to television with remotes, big screen T.V.s and now plasma T.V.'s. The same goes with computers. Technology has also allowed mankind to kill one another more quickly and efficiently as well. Atomic bombs graduated to hydrogen bombs, which gave way to neutron bombs where all life is extinguished but buildings and infrastructure remain intact, to now the famed EMP bombs (electromagnetic pulse). We can kill thousands of people while traveling at high altitudes with the flick of a switch. More speed, more accuracy, more efficiently, more deadly and less humane.

So now we have chips that store enormous amounts of information. And, by the way, receiving one is completely voluntary for our troops...until something bad happens. Then all soldiers will be required to have one. The risks of terrorism will require iinternational travelers to have them. Until finally, it will be acclaimed as so effective and life enhancing that everyone will be offered the chance to have one of these devices, all voluntarily of course! Until something terrible happens, where everyone then will be required to have one. Technology, touted as our liberator, becomes our master and we its slaves.

Oh no, technology, you are not the friend you claim to be.


At 6:38 PM, Blogger Kathleen said...

Odd. If we could track our troops with the implants it would seem possible for our foes could do the same. Hmmmmmmm. Once they cracked the code, the implants become the enemy. Or, those wishing to steal identities would have to get the implants ... that could be nasty. Orrrrrrrrrrrrr, no thanks.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Kathleen said...

that would be ... for our foes to do the same.


At 9:17 PM, Blogger Underground Logician said...

Yup. We become more vulnerable, don't we?


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