This post is a twist on a series of post in my old blog. Those posts were explanations of thoughts I had and dismissed or set aside at the time only to later realize I had been correct in my assumptions. This post will be different in the sense that I have been thinking about this idea for some time in a semi-serious way and I am now watching it come to pass.
Although this is based on Revelations in the Bible, my nonreligious friends can still follow the idea without the reference. To begin with, I believe somewhere in Revelations there is a reference to the survivors of the Rapture being marked with the number of the Beast. I have heard of other references to this idea, but this is where I get the thrust of my idea. What brings this thought and post to mind is a news story about officers making an arrest. In the story there was a quick mention of the arresting officer wearing an armband with a bar code on it to stream line the process and improve accuracy.
So, you may ask yourself, what is the big problem? I am hoping that even without the Biblical connection you can see the dangerous possibilities here with respect to technology. Add to this fact that patients in hospitals are daily given bar codes to improve the accuracy of their healthcare. The actual problem I see is how easily we accept having numbers physically attached to us. Is this man insane, they are only trying to protect us? Well, to me, this is how insidiously easy it is to get us to sign away our rights. For now it is removable bar codes but it won’t be long before someone comes up with the bright idea of putting our medical histories on a chip that can be inserted under the skin. They will tell you that it is to improve accuracy and safeguard against accidental incorrect treatment. Officers may be required to have a chip inserted to accurately trace each step in the arrest process.
Before you go “this guy is off his rocker”, think about all the things that are already accepted. We regularly have RF chips inserted into our pets to help find them when they stray, easy enough to expand to humans. Just remember Pink Slime. It was a product meant to be fed to our pets that somehow became part of our own diet. Next, our cellphones can already be used to locate us. Nothing new there; however, I have to wonder, even if we turn off the GPS, is it really off. I don’t know because it is all computer programming, which takes place under the surface and can be hacked. Just ask the parents of the slain girl in England that Murdoch’s company hacked into her phone. Of course, there are all the systems being implemented in medicine and law enforcement to better input data into computers and improve accuracy. It all sounds so reasonable and sane.
My fears grow from our history. Ask a Jewish person who remembers the holocaust and humans having numbers tattooed on their bodies. Now ask them if they had a bar code on the wristband they wore in the hospital. See how easily good and evil intertwine. Systems that start out small expand and incorporate us all by being thought of as harmless by those that do not see the ramifications. They trust blindly because technology is moving so fast that only those who make it truly know what it is doing. They trust because we have been taught that technology is our pathway to utopia. Unfortunately, technology is also the pathway to identity theft, phone hacking, and ballistic missiles. Where ever good intentions are, evil intentions are not far behind. It is just human nature, which leads me to the number of the beast. Is it possible to have everyone marked in a way that an evil (most evil) being can control our lives? The short answer is yes and we will allow them to do it.
Well, let me wrap this thought up. Even if you do not believe in the Bible and the connections I have made, you can still agree on the looming danger represented by technology implanted into the human body. Yes, today it is relatively unsophisticated with little chance of hacking, but the direction we are taking will greatly expand the possibilities for outside control of our lives through technology implanted within us. Just think of how hard it would be to get your life back in order after identity theft if the information was stored on a chip imbedded under your skin that every business could scan at will. If you think these ideas are farfetched, remember, the idea of having a computer you could carry in your hand was only a dream several decades ago.