Would you ever chip yourself? The idea of human microchipping, once confined to the realms of science fiction and conspiracy theory, has fascinated people for ages, but it always seemed like something for the distant future. Yet patents for human ‘implants’ have been around for years, and the discussion around chipping the human race has been accelerating recently.

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Remember when credit and debit cards went from smooth plastic to microchipped? That could be you in a few years, as multiple corporations are pushing to microchip the human race. In fact, microchip implants in humans are already on the market, and an American company called Applied Digital Solutions (ADS) has developed one approximately the size of a grain of rice which has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for distribution and implementation. Here is a video taken three years ago of DARPA Director and Google Executive Regina Dugan promoting the idea of microchipping humans.

Elon Musk has now weighed in on the debate, referring to microchips as a ‘neural lace,’ and arguing that they will be “the thing that really matters for humanity to achieve symbiosis with machines.” Musk has expressed his concern that artificial intelligence might one day take over humanity and possibly treat us like a second class species. He believes the only way to prevent this type of future is this neural lace.

The neural lace would be a type of brain implant that would grow into the brain and allow neurons to be programmed, strengthened, and even enhanced, essentially augmenting human intelligence.

Below is a clip of Musk talking about artificial intelligence and the neural lace, taken from the Code Conference.

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What Would Be The Real Purpose Of Human Implants? What Would You Do?

It’s hard not to see ulterior motives in anything corporations do. We have been lied to so often and our interests neglected so many times times that it’s difficult to trust anyone these days, and considering the recent Edward Snowden leaks, it seems only natural to question whether chip implants could be part of some mass surveillance agenda, or some other type of intelligence motive that the general public will be kept in the dark about. It’s important to not label these ideas as mere conspiracy theories, because then we shut ourselves off from the truth. We stop thinking about ideas and considering new information because we’ve already labelled them. I am not at all suggesting that Elon Musk is part of some possible agenda we are not being told of, but, it’s important to remember that a possible trillions of dollars are being put into operational black budget programs, and we don’t even know what they are. But as we’ve seen so far, these programs involve the use of human beings, so it’s important we know about them.

If it came down to it, and we were required to have chip implants to replace our social security IDs, licenses, credit cards, etc., and we were unable to purchase a home, buy groceries, and otherwise participate in modern life, would you allow yourself to be chipped? What would you do? Why or why not? Feel free to share your comments below.

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