We have read about this for 25 years: citizens with embedded microchips. The warnings were premature. The technology did not permit it.
Now it does.
The U.S. military plans to implant soldiers with medical devices, making them harder to kill with disease.
The military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, announced plans to create nanosensors that monitor soldiers’ health on the battlefield and keep doctors constantly abreast about potential health problems. . . .
DARPA called the implants “a truly disruptive innovation,” highlighting how healthier soldiers would change the state of modern warfare because most medical evacuations occur due to ordinary illnesses and disease, not injuries. If the U.S. can lead the way in this kind of high-tech monitoring, it could give the military another leg up on adversaries still beset by everyday illness.
Nanotechnology continues to find a place in the medical field as well. Stanford University researchers are developing tiny robotic monitors that can diagnose illnesses, monitor vital stats and even deliver medicine into the bloodstream, similar to the devices that the military plans to create. The two projects have yet to link up, but their similar goals suggest the military could benefit from coordinating efforts with leading university scientists.
The troops will have nothing to say about this legally. Congress could intervene, but if the President refuses, it is a done deal.
This is phase one. The technology’s cost will plummet as mass production takes over in response to military orders.
The troops will be guinea pigs. The bugs will be worked out.
Will we see this extended to citizens? The logic of bureaucracy says yes. “If it can be controlled, it will be controlled.” This does not mean the government will be able to implement it just because the technology gets cheaper. There will have to be a plausible reason.
I can think of one. A terrorist attack using biological weapons will weaken political resistance. The program will be implemented in the name of quarantine. “We need to keep our people safe.”