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Do NOT Let Conspiracy Theorists See This: A Microchip That Goes In Your Body

Submitted by on February 27, 2013 – 9:56 am2 Comments

Freescale Semiconductor unveiled one of the world’s smallest computer chips this week. The Kinetis KL02 contains all of the components of a basic functioning computer, and measures just 1.9 by 2 mm. But an executive for the company hinted at an unusual place for the processor: the human body.

Unfortunately for Freescale, the idea of forced government microchip implants are a regular paranoid fantasy of the conservative right (often being connected to the Mark of the Beast) which has come back into fashion recently. The latest version of the myth states that Obamacare mandates that all Americans will be implanted with RFID devices broadcasting their personal data by March 2013- a claim that, just in case you had any concerns, was thoroughly debunked by Snopes. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa even had to field a question about it at a recent town hall meeting.

But Freescale’s plans for the internal chip are a little less… permanent.

“We are working with our customers and partners on providing technology for their products that can be swallowed but we can’t really comment on unannounced products,” says Steve Tateosian, global product marketing manager.

Yep, swallowed. So even if the government was using the chip to track your movements, they’d soon be… well, tracking your “movements” down the toilet. (Hiyo!)

But seriously, the company is probably talking about using chips for medical diagnostic purposes. Microchips already exist for continuously measuring glucose levels- and those actually are implanted.

What do you think? Would you swallow a microchip?

[via Wired; Image via Freescale]


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