Survey shows 34 percent of Americans are excited about the prospect of microchips implanted in their brains

More than a third of Americans are “enthusiastic” about the prospect of having microchips implanted in their brains, according to a recent poll.

The Pew Research Center has just published the results of a survey it conducted to find out how Americans felt about the use of biomedical “enhancements” currently in development.


Participants in the survey were asked to read the following text before answering a set of questions:

“New developments in understanding the brain are creating the possibility that doctors will be able to surgically implant a small computer chip in the brain. Right now, these implanted devices are being developed for people with some kind of illness or disability. But in the future, these implanted devices could potentially be available for use by healthy individuals, giving people a much improved ability to concentrate and process information in everyday life.”

Are we “meddling with nature”?

Although 41 percent of respondents said they were “somewhat” worried about the potential effects of such technology, while another 28 percent said they were “very” worried, a surprising number of people said they were “somewhat” (25 percent) or “very” (9 percent) enthusiastic about the concept.

Roughly two-thirds of Americans said they would not be interested in using this technology for themselves, but 32 percent said they would want such implants if they could actually improve their brain function.

While a majority (61 percent) of Americans admitted they had never been aware such technology might exist, those familiar with brain implants were more inclined to embrace the concept.

Religious people were much less likely to accept the idea of brain implants – for instance, 51 percent of religious American adults said that to them such technology would be morally unacceptable and would constitute “meddling with nature.”

Among atheists and agnostics, the percentages of those in favor were much higher – 58 percent of atheists and 48 percent of agnostics said they would be interested in receiving brain implants.

The DARPA factor

One can reasonably assume that the folks at DARPA – who have spent $62 million researching microchip brain implant technology – are perusing the Pew survey findings with great interest.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) appears to be on the verge of perfecting a neural-coding device which will “open the channel between the human brain and modern electronics.”

DARPA has already successfully tested their own brain implant microchips on animals, and human trials are set to begin in 2017.

The neural-coding devices being developed by DARPA are ostensibly designed to control artificial limbs, but it seems obvious that their potential is much greater. As DARPA itself admitted, the technology will be capable of enabling “data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world, feeding digital auditory or visual information into the brain.”

In other words, such implants would potentially be extremely effective brainwashing devices that could be just as easily be used to control people – as well as prosthetic limbs.

Brain implant technology has the potential of improving the lives of those with certain disabilities, but are we really prepared for a future in which normal, healthy people receive – willingly or not – brain implants that might either “improve” a person’s mental function or perhaps even diminish it?

The potential negative effects and sinister uses of such technology would appear to be significant, but it seems there are plenty of people who will be happy to take the risk.

Of course, the media is helping to prepare us for our dystopian future, along with social media moguls such as Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who supports DARPA’s agenda and the idea of using such devices to monitor the public’s thoughts.

At a Bilderberg conference, Schmidt said – regarding DARPA’s mind-reading technology – that if “you have something that you don’t want anybody to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”

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Companies begin planting microchips under employees’ skin.

The technology has been around for some years now, but the use of RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips and other beneath-the-skin implants has only recently become more widespread.

A high-tech office complex in Sweden is now offering tenants’ staff the option of having a small RFID chip implanted in one’s wrist that allows certain functions in the building to be performed with a wave of the hand, such as opening doors and operating photocopiers.

Epicenter office block developers are in support of the implanting program, which is being made available through a Swedish bio-hacking group. The group promotes the use of bio-enhancement technology and predicts a future in which sophisticated implant systems will closely monitor a range of inputs from body sensors while interacting with the “internet of things.”

In other words, we will soon have the option of being physically connected to the Internet as well as to an increasingly widespread network of smart devices.

For many, the idea of having an implant containing personal information inserted under the skin is not a welcome option. Not only is there maybe something creepy about the whole idea to begin with, but the fact is that a lot of us feel our privacy and autonomy has been compromised enough already, without voluntarily becoming walking transmitters of our personal data.

Some predict that one day it won’t be a matter of choice, or that the use of implants and other types of bio-enhancement and connectivity will become so commonplace as to be expected, if not required. The fear is that we will lose our freedom and privacy in the process.

Others welcome the prospect of becoming physically connected to the internet of things, such as the bio-hacking group responsible for the office block’s RFID program.

A BBC News feature profiled Hannes Sjoblad, a bio-hacker who organizes “implant parties” where volunteers are implanted:

He is starting small, aiming to get 100 volunteers signed up in the coming few months, with 50 people already implanted. But his vision is much bigger.

Then will be a 1,000, then 10,000. I am convinced that this technology is here to stay and we will think it nothing strange to have an implant in their hand.

Although the RFID chips being used now are capable of little more than opening doors and operating copiers, the potential is far greater. RFID chips will likely evolve into ever-more sophisticated devices, capable of a wide range of interactions.

Already companies are developing technologies that will go a step beyond the already-familiar “wearable” gadgets — examples include a digital tattoo that can be stamped onto skin and can monitor body functions.

It’s certainly easy to imagine that within a few years there will be dramatic advances regarding what this type of technology can do. And since various types of bodily enhancement — bionic limbs, pacemakers and cosmetic surgery — are already commonplace, it stands to reason that many people will have few if any qualms about implants and other bio-hacking tech.

On the other hand, the idea of a central authority having the advantage of direct connections and access to an individual’s physical body with the potential of monitoring GPS position, heart rate, perhaps even brain waves, is frightening to contemplate.

Most of us have embraced the revolutionary technological advances of the past few decades. We’re more connected than ever before, and even if we don’t all agree that this is necessarily a good thing, very few of us would willingly give up our smartphones at this point.

But perhaps we should be extremely careful about making the leap to cyborg status. Is this truly an inevitable and potentially useful tech advancement or is it a step too far?

The time for debate is now, because the technology is already entering the mainstream. And as with most technological revolutions, once it has happened there is little hope of turning back.

Companies Begin Planting Microchips Under Employees’ Skin

I am sure by now, you have all heard of the RFID microchip. Microchips have been around for some time now, but the RFID chips and other under the skin implants have only recently become so widespread.

Companies Begin Planting Microchips Under Employees Skin

Talk about taking your work home with you! A high-tech office in Sweden is implanting its workers with computer chips under the skin in order for them to access the building, a move which ‘biohackers’ says is preparation for a dystopian future when governments and corporations adopt the same technology.

The Epicenter building in Stockholm, which hosts start-up companies as well as the likes of Google and Microsoft, utilizes microchip technology to allow staff to open doors, interact with smartphones, as well as operate equipment.

BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones volunteered to be microchipped for the story and had a chip injected into his hand.

According to Hannes Sjoblad, chief ‘disruption officer’ at the office development, the chip will also eventually be used to pay for food in the canteen and replace passwords to access computers.

Sjoblad said people should welcome the chip because it would make their lives “easier,” while also warning that one day governments and corporations could mandate that people be microchipped.

“We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped — the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip,”he said.

In a separate profile piece, Sjoblad seems more welcoming of the idea of everybody being chipped, commenting, “Years ago there was fear over vaccinations and now it seems perfectly normal to have cells injected into us. That is an early example of bio-hacking.”

“We’ve been putting chips in animals for 20 years,” he added.

People being implanted with microchips as a “convenient” way of getting access to secure areas is by no means a new technology.

In 2004, a BBC News reporter also got microchipped for a story about a nightclub in Barcelona where customers use the chip to access VIP areas and pay for drinks.

Also in 2004, Mexico’s attorney general and at least 160 employees in his office were injected with rice grain-sized chips in order to access secure areas of the building.

In January last year, Former DARPA director and now Google executive Regina Dugan promoted the idea of an edible “authentication microchip,” while Google engineering director Scott Huffman says that within five years people will have microphones attached to their ceilings and microchips embedded in their brains in order to perform quicker internet searches.

A 2012 CNN article which speculated about the future of transhumanism predicted that within 75 years, everyone on the planet would have a brain chip implant that would allow their behavior to be controlled by a third party.

The release of Apple’s new ‘Apple Pay’ system last year, which utilizes biometric fingerprints to allow users to make purchases, also prompted fears about the ‘mark of the beast’, a bible verse in Revelations which predicts that “no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark,” which many Christians ascribe to biometric payment technology and implantable microchips.

According to inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, an icon for transhumanists, smartphones will be implanted in the brain within 20 years.

In his 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines, Kurzweil successfully predicted the arrival of the iPad, Kindle, iTunes, You Tube and on demand services like Netflix.

By 2019, Kurzweil forecasts that wearable smartphones will be all the rage and that by 2029, computers and cellphones will be implanted in people’s eyes and ears, creating a “human underclass” who refuse the chip that will be viewed by others as backwards and unproductive because they refuse to acquiesce to the singularity.

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Swedish company implants microchips in its staff


  • Swedish company has implanted microchips in its employees’ hands
  • Chips allow staff to use the photocopier and even pay for their lunch
  • Each chip is the size of a grain of rice and stores personal information 
  • Radio-frequency identification is already used in contactless cards 

A Swedish company has implanted microchips in its staff which allows them to use the photocopier, open security doors and even pay for their lunch.

It is hoped that eventually around 700 employees from the Epicenter hi tech office block in Stockholm may eventually have the chips implanted into the back of their hands.

The chips use radio-frequency identification (RFID) and are about the same size as a grain of rice.

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A Swedish company has implanted microchips in the hands of staff which allows them to use the photocopier, open security doors and even pay for their lunch - the chip is the size of a grain of rice

A Swedish company has implanted microchips in the hands of staff which allows them to use the photocopier, open security doors and even pay for their lunch – the chip is the size of a grain of rice

The Epicenter building n Stockholm (pictured)  where employees have been implanted with microchips

The Epicenter building n Stockholm (pictured)  where employees have been implanted with microchips.

The future of interactive? How chips are implanted into the hand

They store personal security information which can be transmitted over short distances to special receivers.

RFID chips can already be found in contactless cards – including the Oyster system which is used by more than 10 million people to pay for public transport in London.

They are also similar to the chips implanted in pets.

‘Today it’s a bit messy – we need pin codes and passwords – wouldn’t it be easy to just touch with your  hand?

RFID chips can already be found in contactless cards including  the Oyster system - which is used by more than 10 million people in London

RFID chips can already be found in contactless cards including  the Oyster system – which is used by more than 10 million people in London

‘We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped – the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip.’

He says we will then be able to question the way the technology is implemented from a position of much greater knowledge.

He added that they believe they have only just started discovering all of the things having a microchip could allow us to do.

In 1999 Professor Kevin Warwick, of Reading University, had a chip implanted into his nervous system and was able to control a robot arm – developed by his colleague Dr Peter Kyberd – using thought power.

It was hoped the technology could radically change the lives of amputees and victims of paralysis.

Last year MailOnline reported a Brisbane man, Ben Slater, had one of the chips being use din Stockholm injected into his left hand through a syringe at a Melbourne tattoo parlour.

It means Mr Slater can swing his front door open, switch on his lights and store personal information with the flick of his hand.

‘The most obvious thing the chip allows me to do is store my contact information on it, so that I can just touch a phone with NFC and pass my information to their phone. That is a great party trick,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘But it can also trigger an action on my phone to turn the house lights off, open a secure door which is set to recognise the chip or I could – and probably will – set up my car ignition to be linked to the chip for keyless entry and start up.’

Mr Slater told Daily Mail Australia he made the decision to implant the microchip because he had always been interested in the future of technology.

‘I wanted to get the chip implanted to generate discussion,’ he said.

‘It intrigues me that we live in an age where this type of activity is even possible.’

Mr Slater said the procedure to implant the microchip was painful, but over quickly.

‘I just needed to be really careful when it was healing over the course of two weeks so that I didn’t move it – otherwise it could have travelled in my hand,’ he said.

Professor Kevin Warwick pictured with his cybernetic arm at Reading University 

Professor Kevin Warwick pictured with his cybernetic arm at Reading University



Is choice lost? Microchips to administer drugs, replace pills.

According to reports from CNN, people who use pharmaceutical drugs, but who don’t like having to remember, think, exercise their personal agency, or make their own proactive choices throughout their day, may soon be able to get their medications automatically administered via an implanted chip.


MIT researchers and a company called MicroCHIPS are developing a chip smaller than a square inch in area, which can be preloaded with drugs. It can release drugs into your body in given doses and time intervals, programmed according to “doctor’s orders” – while your mind wanders on “more important” things.

When the dosage or intervals need to be changed, the microchips would be able to be adjusted remotely by the doctor, says the report. The chips, already tested in patients withe osteoporosis since 2012, will have the ability to transmit real-time information to create a permanent record of exactly what dose was administered when, along with other medical information. Expected to be released in 2017, the chips may be able to function wirelessly in the body for 16 years.

When “at risk for a heart attack,” this device can “rescue” you, says the report. MicroCHIPS CEO Bradley Paddock says, “The MicroCHIPS implantable drug delivery device is the greatest advancement in delivering medicine since the first tablet pill was developed in 1876.”

What could possibly go wrong?

You may have heard last week about the man who was never picked up for his 13 year prison sentence because of clerical administrative error? Do you want to have the possibility of administrative error literally sewn under your skin, embedding the risk of medical mistakes inside your body, every day without reprieve?

To name just one of many scenarios, imagine you are having an adverse drug reaction, and your wireless service to contact the doctor’s office happens to be interrupted that day, while the chip continues to pour the poison into your bloodstream?

If someone truly has congenital illness that threatens or greatly compromises their quality of life, or a catastrophic injury, and has cognitive impairment and no social support in keeping track of his or her medication schedule, then this technology may conceivably have a small, valid niche.

However, the issue for the rest of the population is that it is known in medical, psychological, and even timeless philosophical circles that when people don’t have to be mindfully aware – to pay attention – then people doze, turn off their brain, and stop being accountable. All bets are off for calamity when people are sleepwalking around.

After a couple of generations (that’s all it took) of coming to expect “better living through chemistry,” the coming deployment of this pharma-chip technology is a stark reflection of a dozing brand of unconsciousness already rampantly seen in society. This chip could be used to literally make its users’ bodies part of “the matrix,” a node in the global information net, a computational and economic unit physically linking our flesh to the pharmaceutical-industrial-financial complex.

This proves that the dumbing down of people is rarely the sole fault of a technology’s innovators, when there is a market that matches the level of unconsciousness that the product is designed to cater to.

While literally inviting pharma to bypass one’s conscious mind and take total control over their body’s biochemistry may not make such consumers “evil,” it does bring to mind the timeless, philosophical debate on virtue and wisdom: What kind of impact does the every-day abdication of responsible, conscious choice have on other people? What kind of environment does this non-choosing create for those of us who choose our birthright of holistic health, wellness, and the natural wisdom of living?

How can those who can’t be responsible for themselves be responsible for civilization?

Many drugs have neurological and psychological side effects, and counter-indication reminders, written
directly on the packaging. For example, written warnings on the bottle are a last line of defense so that people, in a fog-of-mind, don’t recklessly take certain drugs while driving, operating heavy machinery, or while intoxicated with alcohols or recreational drugs. Where will the side-effect warnings and counter-indication reminders be written on the microchip so you have to look at it before you are dosed? Perhaps nowhere.

Because of these psychotropic side effects, people who lives by natural wisdom and yet dwell in a society of people walking around taking pills are dealing with what, on this website previously, have been called “zombies.” Therefore, if or when those who choose to use pharmaceutical drugs no longer must even execute the small act of opening a bottle and hand-feeding themselves pill – and instead just let the chip give it to them – the last vestige for millions of people of a mindful, grounded connection to their bodies dissolves into thin air. This ungroundedness could be truly dangerous for running a healthy, life-sustaining civilization, and is a phenomenon that should be studied carefully.

A life-sustaining natural health heritage, or a downward cycle into dependency

How did we get to this place where 70% of the U.S.A.’s population is on one or more pharmaceuticals for treating chronic imbalances that have been deemed “chronic diseases” with names such as osteoporosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s syndrome, etc? More than half of the population is on a combination cocktail of two or more drugs.

Preventing and oftentimes reversing chronic imbalances can be achieved in simple ways of bringing natural wisdom into your life, include eating more organic leafy vegetables, raw and uncorrupted plant-based fats, and nourishing proteins from seeds, nuts, sprouts, and beans; cutting back on processed sugar and preservatives, dyes, and chemicals; taking hikes; reducing stress and hypertension with meditation, yoga, or qi gong; and more.

In both his books There Is a Cure for Diabetes and Spiritual Nutrition, Dr. Gabriel Cousens urges us to recognize that the recent mass pharmaceutical phenomenon is one of modernity’s “crimes against wisdom.” Wisdom includes the heritage of letting the Earth’s living natural medicines, good food, herbs, healing waters, airs, sunshine, and the wealth of the inner awareness traditions, be our teachers in self-healing.

Living in wisdom is a cultural choice. Crimes against wisdom is a lifestyle of choosing not to choose. Wisdom and its good friend virtue may ask us to open our eyes to what is already provided by nature.

Are we on the path of wisdom, or crimes against wisdom? To use a quote of unknown origin with great relevance to the techno-state of body-mind oblivion that will tempt millions: “For every person who doesn’t make their own decisions, there is someone more than willing to make them for you.”

Sources for this article include:

  1. “No More Pills; Just Give It to Me in a Chip,”
  3. “Man avoids prison in clerical error,” The Baxter Bulletin.