By James Hirsen
In various places all over the world, there are individuals who open doors, start cars and control their computers with a mere gesture of their hands or arms. They are among the first wave of people who have voluntarily allowed a miniature computer chip to be placed inside of their bodies. Most are part of a group that advocates biohacking, a concept in which activists seek to enhance the human body through the use of technology.
Many biohackers also identify with a broader movement known as transhumanism. Transhumanists believe that people will ultimately be able to transform themselves through the use of technology into superior beings that possess expanded capabilities. Adherents of the movement categorize such individuals as "posthuman."
In inching toward a newly defined humanity, a small radio frequency identification chip (RFID) is being injected into an individual's hand, wrist or arm through use of a hypodermic needle in the same manner as a routine vaccine. The implanted microchip broadcasts an identifying number or code, which can be used for a myriad of purposes. Not only can the signal from the chip trigger switches on doors and computers, it can also be connected to ultra-large databases that businesses and the government have amassed. [more...]