More Human/Computer Interface News

The FDA has granted market approval for the VeriChip created by Applied Digital Solutions. This is a microchip that is implanted under human skin. The VeriChip holds a code that unlocks a patient’s medical data in a hospital database.

This chip is already being used to track the movement of pets, help track down government workers in Mexico should they be abducted, and speed up payment for drinks in a bar in Spain. As par for the course with new technology these days, the debate has already begun about potential privacy concerns and the ethics of merging humanity with technology.

There are those that strongly oppose such intimate use of technology in humans, those that advocate restrictions, and those that hope to use technology to transcend human weaknesses. Regardless, the accelerating rate of technological progress is beginning to outpace the debate. Perhaps it is too late to stop such technology, but not too late to start thinking about where you stand as an individual. Without such introspection, you may soon find upcoming life-altering decisions already made for you.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).