Abstract: I have been studying non-medical implantable devices in humans since 1997. Over the last two decades I have received numerous emails from individuals who are adamant that they have been forcedly implanted with a microchip. Individuals believe their thoughts can be read, their movements can be tracked, and their bodily functions controlled, all through a tiny microchip implant that has purportedly been injected somewhere on their body, usually in their head, ear, groin, leg or hand. Chip implanted persons that go by various names including “the tortured” or “the targeted” allege they have been injected without their consent at the hands of a callous surgeon, violent partner, controlling employer, totalitarian government or defense force running experimental trials of behavioural “programming” and “control”. Descriptions of the alleged microchip that is purported to have been injected include: “a microchip”, “an RFID”, “nano implant”, “neural implant”, “smart dust” or “mote”. Of the few sufferers who refuse to take a simple x-ray but seek further medical attention from mental health professionals, great emphasis is placed on citing reports that usually depict non-medical applications of under the skin implantables as proof of their own body’s intrusion by a third party. Given the advancement of the new technologies, I am now fielding telephone calls from health practitioners who wish to know whether or not such forced implantation without the knowledge of the bearer is possible. It’s time we talk about what’s going on, and the potential for this kind of health condition to spiral out of control in the future.
Bio: Katina Michael is the Director of the Center for Engineering, Policy and Society at Arizona State University. She holds a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering. Katina has been studying non-medical applications of microchip implants since her undergraduate capstone project in 1994. She is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society.