Friday, August 31, 2007

Implanting Microchips In Soldier's Brains

Pentagon to implant microchips in soldiers' brains

The Department of Defense is planning to implant microchips in soldiers' brains for monitoring their health information, and has already awarded a $1.6 million contract to the Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips at Clemson University for the development of an implantable "biochip".

Soldiers fear that the biochip, about the size of a grain of rice, which measures and relays information on soldiers vital signs 24 hours a day, can be used to put them under surveillance even when they are off duty.

But Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, C3B director and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering claims the that the invivo biosensors will save lives as first responders to the trauma scene could inject the biochip into the wounded victim and gather data almost immediately.

He believes that the device has other long-term potential applications, such as monitoring astronauts’ vital signs during long-duration space flights and reading blood-sugar levels for diabetics.

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2 comments:

Dan Ronco said...

In Mindwars, Jonathan D. Moreno outlines several other silicon-based possibilities to enhance soldiers. For example, a chip is under development to enhance memory. It seems to me that these chips are coming, and we'd better think through the rules and laws necessary to make sure they are used in a positive manner.

Mikaios said...

..."these chips are coming"...I like this one. And it "feels" so true too. Regardless the laws that should be issued, I think we'll inevitably get to the point where we'll pay the things we buy based on our fingertips and we'll surf the Internet wireless, via the chip implants.