June 19, 2016

U.S. Navy Establishing Policies On Implant Technology

Mr Istvan claims a growing number of people are having microchip implants (like the one pictured) placed under their skin. Most are RFID chips similar to those found inside contactless bank cards, but Mr Istvan believes children should be given GPS implants to help keep them safe.

[From article]
Most of us carry a tracking device around with us every day in the form of the mobile phones, but some people are going further and having microchips embedded in their bodies.
Now the US Navy has grown so concerned over the practice that is drawing up an official policy to help it deal with personnel who have chips implanted.
Officials consulted with American presidential candidate and 'transhumanist' Zoltan Istvan to discuss the implications of fitting humans with microchips to enhance their powers.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is already working on microchips that can be implanted into soldiers' brains to make them more resilient to warfare.
But according to Mr Istvan, the military is also concerned about unauthorised technology that their personnel may implant themselves.
He told MailOnline: 'The Navy is struggling to create policy around solider or sailors that enter military service with non-authorised chips embedded in them.
'This makes perfect sense since the tech has grown so small, that chip implants can now do a wide range of things - tracking, making payments, monitoring blood flow and bodily health - and be totally hidden in human beings.

'You can imagine how challenging that would be if someone had a non-authorized chip implant on a nuclear base - so policy has to be created and created soon.'
The meeting was held between Mr Istvan and senior members of the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, which investigates new concepts of warfare.
A letter from Vice Admiral James Wisecup, who is director of the group, told Mr Istvan: 'Your comments broadened our understanding of transhumanism and the merger of humans and machines.
'Your personal perspectives were interesting and timely as we begin our research process. You have had a direct impact on our viewpoints for future concepts.'
Mr Istvan believes that technology could be used to give humans immortality by augmenting our bodies with technology.


Is the US Navy planning to implant people with microchips? Officials consult presidential candidate on 'merging humans and machines'
'Transhumanist' Zoltan Istvan met with senior officials from the US Navy
They asked his advice to help them draw up policies on microchip implants
Mr Istvan believes all children should get implants so they can be tracked
PUBLISHED: 10:56 EST, 16 June 2016 | UPDATED: 13:30 EST, 16 June 2016

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