In January we got a new cat. As a result of having night time feline visitors we decided to invest in a cat flap which scans the cat’s microchip and allows it to enter the house. Just as you check out your goods in the supermarket the cat can check in! I was unsure to start with but I must say this thing is one of the best purchases I have ever made, although checking in at a pricey £89!
I have always been a fan of microchips and used to think, perhaps controversially, that I would quite like to have one implanted in my own brain to make me a little bit cleverer!!
Then recently on the news I actually heard about people being implanted with microchips.
- Chip design giant ARM has teamed up with US researchers on a project to develop chips that can be implanted in the human brain, to help brain injury patients: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39934506
- Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (yes, that’s his legal name) says he had his chip put under his skin by a professional piercer. It enables him to access public transport: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40429477/this-man-had-the-chip-from-his-travel-card-implanted-under-his-skin
- To watch an interesting video visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-39982247/could-microchip-tagging-help-in-daily-life
But how ethical is this? Is it safe or potentially something which could be open to abuse?
Do you think microchip implants could assist with learning? Could there be a place for them in the university of the future?
I think possibly, yes.