By Chris Rivera
RFIDs, radio frequency identification, have been used since the 1970’s. Since they were too expensive to be used on a large scale they were only used to track cows, railroad cars, and airline luggage. Due to advances in technology, RFIDs have become more common: they are used to track lost pets, in the devices that allow people to access toll roads; they are in credit cards, passports, as well as Oyster cards which allow Londoners to ride the city’s public transport network.
Those that see the benefits of having a microchip implanted, into them, say that if you are kidnapped, in a foreign country, they can save your life. Also they can be used to help monitor patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and track felons released from prison, as well as sex offenders.
Other benefits include storing contact and medical history, opening and closing doors at work and at home with the wave of a hand, getting access to their car without the use of keys, and access to their computer without the use of passwords.
It is this technological advancement that makes people weary when they hear reports of companies, and people, implanting RFIDs, which is the size of a grain of rice, into the skin between the thumb and the index finger.
The Christian community would argue that these microchips are a sign of the Mark of the Beast, quoting from the book of Revelations 13:16-18:
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
They believe that with the implantation of these microchips it will just be a matter of time until the government will force everyone to accept it. It is with the mandatory microchipping that they believe will give rise to the antichrist.
There are others who argue that these microchips are intrusive to personal privacy and liberty. They see these microchips as a step closer to an Orwellian society where every action and preference can be monitored.
Others fear that hackers would be able to surreptitiously pluck their IDs out of their arms with a scanning device, allowing them to assume their identity.