Australians are lining up outside government-run healthcare institutions to get themselves inserted with a microchip. These microchips inserted just below the skin are akin to the ones used for animals.
After a news report about microchips imparting superhuman abilities to humans went viral, Australians have been actively seeking to get themselves “microchipped.” The phenomenon is so widespread that Australia could easily become the first country in the entire world to have a population that has a computer-readable microchip inserted.
Conspiracy theorists claimed that the United States has been trying to insert a microchip in all its citizens. Many even added the country could achieve its goal before the end of next year. Truth or not, it appears Australia may have already beaten the U.S. Owing to a regional news report published a few years ago that extolled the virtues of getting yourself implanted with a microchip, Australians have been actively opting for the procedure wherein a government doctor inserts a microchip underneath the skin, reported Organic and Healthy.
Back in 2010, CBS Australia had reported the Australian government had a “Microchipping” plan. According to the plan, each Australian citizen would be inserted with a microchip. The government wanted all its citizens to undergo the simple procedure to make and maintain a comprehensive database for the healthcare system it operates.
It is now clear that instead of forcing the mandated healthcare reforms on its citizens, the government chose to deploy a clever propaganda campaign which claimed that the humans with RFID microchips would possess superhuman capabilities. It is apparent Australians fell for the campaign. Uncorroborated reports indicate a large number of Australians have already been microchipped, and among those who haven’t, there is a positive outlook about the procedure.
The propaganda involved an article on Australia’s premier media outlet news.com.au (News Corp Australia) with the headline, “Australians Embracing Super-Human Microchip Technology.” A video accompanied the article that praised the human-version of microchips.
The article claimed, “Hundreds of Australians are turning themselves into super-humans who can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computers with a wave of the hand.” The article cited quotes from multiple citizens who had undergone the procedure. All the volunteers insisted their lives were now much better owing to the RFID microchips. These chips offered a whole new world of convenience. Citing an example of Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, the report continued as follows.
“She can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards. The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer contact details to smartphones, and hold complex medical data.”
Multiple authentication steps can now be easily bypassed, thereby saving a lot of time and effort claimed the report. The propaganda article even ran a very old clipping which reassured viewers about the benefits of microchips by noting hospitals wouldn’t need to procure your health data in case of an emergency.
There have been multiple reports claiming the microchip is vulnerable to exploitation. While several articles claim the elite will try and make money from the data these chips will offer about the humans, others insist these chips can be hacked and manipulated. However, security experts stress that to comprise the RFID chips, the hacker had to be extremely close to the human inserted with the microchip. Moreover, when coupled with biometric security features, the RFID microchip would essentially become unhackable.
Many tech companies insist the microchips allow instant authentication when coupled with biometric sensors. However, the governments have a far more important purpose for the microchips because they serve to keep an retrieve the records of its citizens in ready-to-access and machine-readable format.
Would you get a microchip inserted in you?
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