If you thought the concept of medically-injectable microchips was something out of a science fiction novel, think again. A cohort of scientists from universities the world over has developed a new type of implantable microchip capable of performing various pre-programmed functions inside the body for a certain period of time, and later dissolving into oblivion.
Published in the journal Science, a new study on the technology explains how “transient electronics” are the exact opposite of traditional electronics, which are designed with stability and long-term durability in mind. Dissolvable electronics, on the other hand, are specifically designed to melt away once they have accomplished their respective tasks, or at least this is what we are being told.
“A remarkable feature of modern silicon electronics is its ability to remain physically invariant, almost indefinitely for practical purposes,” says the study abstract. “Although this characteristic is a hallmark of applications of integrated circuits that exist today, there might be opportunities for systems that offer the opposite behavior, such as implantable devices that function for medically useful time frames but then completely disappear via re-absorption by the body.”
One example of this might be implantable chips designed to target open wounds with heat in order to prevent infection, particularly during patients’ time at hospitals, says a BBC piece on the subject. Another use might perhaps be to trigger an immune response that targets a potentially deadly infection, seeing as how conventional medicine has largely rejected the much more effective holistic and nutrition-based approaches to preventing and treating disease.
According to reports, test chips have already been created that are composed of a combination of silicon and magnesium oxide, and coated in a protective layer of silk produced by extracting silk from silkworms, dissolving it, and reforming it into a crystallized coating. Depending on the intended lifespan of a particular chip, the thickness of the silk might be extremely thin to last for just a few hours, or slightly thicker to last for days or even weeks.
You can read the study’s abstract here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6102/1640
Are dissolvable ‘medical’ microchips a prelude to implantable tracking devices?
As fascinating as this new research might be to some who believe that such technology will only be used for benign purposes such as in medicine, the momentum of this type of science seems to be moving ever more closely towards permanent implantable tracking microchips. Earlier in the year, for instance, researchers in the U.K. were already testing pharmaceutical drugs equipped with “edible microchips” that track whether or not patients are taking their medications. (http://www.naturalnews.com/034708_edible_microchips_tracking.html)
And last summer, research involving “electronic tattoos,” or flexible microchip sensors that can be attached to or embedded under patients’ skin, was unveiled as a so-called “advanced” approach to future medical treatments. A CBS News report from back in January explains how researchers are already testing these chips in heart and brain patients, as the devices could theoretically help prevent heart attacks or brain seizures, we are told. (http://www.cbsnews.com)
Where this all seems to be heading, of course, is into uncharted, Big Brother tracking territory, where human beings are literally controlled by microchips connected remotely to a centralized server that instructs them on how to behave inside the body. While reports about the technology may appear relatively good-natured at the present time, there is clearly a push for such microchips to become not only normative in modern society, but also a permanent facet of the human body.
The question remains; however, whether or not the public will openly embrace such technology, or recognize it as the Big Brother Trojan Horse that it truly is, and thus reject it.