The United States government intends to further their control over the lives of the American population by introducing micro chipping for children in the near future. As time goes by, the government looks like it wants to regulate the lives of Americans more and more. Sometimes, these decisions for further regulations actually help the American people, but this is still up for debate depending on who you are, and sometimes, the reasons behind these decisions are dubious and must be called into question.

The latter scenario has been occurring recently as the news of the future of tracking people has been spread around.

The concept is rather simple, but the implications behind it are serious. The U.S. government intends to introduce micro chipping for children in the near future in an attempt to keep better track on them, essentially eliminating their privacy.

Though it is easy to say that this technology would simply protect children from being kidnapped or getting lost, it goes much deeper than that. Proponents of micro chipping, such as mother of three Steffany Rodriguez-Neely, has pointed out that:

 “If it’ll save my kid, there’s no stuff that’s too extreme. Micro chipping would be an extra layer of protection, if something bad does happen.” She added, “If a small chip the size of a grain of rice could have prevented a tragedy, I think most parents would have said, ‘I think I would have done it.’”

Rodriguez-Neely does not seem to take into account what having a microchip could mean for the child once they grow up or what else the microchip might be used for without the parent’s or child’s permission and consent.

Comparing Microchips to Barcodes

Electronics expert Stuart Lipoff attempts to compare microchips in humans to barcodes on products at the store, but also falls short. He told the NBC:

 “When barcodes first came out in the late 1960s, people were appalled. They were wary of them and did not understand the concept. Today, it is so commonplace, we don’t even notice it. A microchip would work much in the same way.”

There is a significant difference between barcodes that identify and hold information about products and tracking devices that store records inside of people. Some microchips can only work when they are scanned, but others used in pets can also track the location of the pet at all times using GPS and that is where the true concern lies in people.

Information Could Be Hacked

If parents are able to gain access to their child’s location, there is a likelihood that this information could be hacked and complete strangers could also track them.

In addition to all of this, the children are stripped of their freedom to choose whether they want the chip implanted in them and must live with the decision their parents make for them for the rest of their lives.

One argument in favor of the microchip is the ease with which information about a person can be stored and retrieved, such as important medical records, bank accounts, social security number and much more. However, is the convenience of the chip worth the unforeseen troubles that might possibly accompany the introduction of this device?

The idea behind the microchip brings to mind thoughts of science fiction tales gone wrong, but the choice would ultimately, or at least hopefully, be given to citizens. If they embrace it with open arms, then microchips would become the norm, but if they reject it, the idea would fade away like many others.

If NBC reporter Melanie Michael, who interviewed several people to uncover facts and opinions about the future of the microchip, is right, then this technology could be introduced “sooner rather than later.”