Author: Mi John
At the beginning of the 2021, Lude Media released shocking news  that Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has gone through certain brain surgery and may have received a device implant that can help the medical situation of the party leader. People quickly gave General Secretary Xi a new name by the Antenna Baby, or the Teletubby, after the name of a BBC’s popular TV series Teletubbies . We do not know if the implant itself is true or not; but the new name immediately becomes hot and widespread on the web around the world. A Teletubby can communicate with one another through the antennae on top of their heads. So, what exactly an implanted device can do for humans and what is it?
This is a technology called human microchip implant, that inserts a microchip under the skin and when scanned, the chip can provide information such as a person’s ID number linking to a database with more detailed information about the wearer. Though the Antenna Baby’s implant, if exists, may have its special function and purpose, the majority of the human microchip implant today is for the identification purpose. A British scientist, Professor Kevin Warwick, has received the first known human implant with a microchip  enabled by Radio-frequency identification (RFID) .
RFID was invented in 1945 . It is used in a wide range of applications like identification, smart (credit) card, inventory, checkout-free service (like in Amazon Go Store), etc. One of the best attributes of RFID is that it can work in a passive powerless mode. The passive RFID tags have no power of their own and are powered by the radio frequency energy transmitted from RFID readers/antennas. The signal sent by the reader and antenna is used to power on the tag and reflect the energy back to the reader.
One variant of RFID is the Near Field Communication (NFC) , that can communicate between two electronic devices within 4 cm (1.5 inches) or less. The most noticeable sign of this technology is often seen at a credit card payment location displaying as . Passive NFC can also run without power; therefore, its inlays can be installed in all sorts of devices that need to communicate with other devices. Most of the human microchip implant devices today are based on the NFC protocol.
Among many microchips available on the market, one famous implant is the xNT chip that is manufactured by Dangerous Things  Shown in Figure 1.
The most prominent feature of the xNT chip is that it is the first injectable microchip into the human body. In 2014, during the From Now Conference in Vancouver, Canada event, futurist Nikolas Badminton received a xNT implant by injection in front of the video camera and attendees , and then demonstrated how phones recognized the identity from the microchip. This chip is basically an NFC tag that is encased in a biologically resistant glass capsule. With technology advancing, there are much smaller sized chips available from NanoChip and Smart Dust that are hardly seen with bare eyes. These chips are usually being implanted in the hand nowadays.
After a microchip is implanted, the chip can be programmed for anything like unlocking your house, your car, your phone or your computer with just your hand. In the office, people can enter the office or access restricted areas just with a hand tap. For the patients, doctors expect, by using the identification device, to treat patients in case of emergency, lack of medical records, or when they are unconscious. At the retails, consumers can make purchases without worrying about carrying a wallet or cash. It is still not very popular today as the people received the implants and the places that support such technology are very limited. Once retailers, service providers and employers all adopted implants devices driven by NFC payment and one-tap function, people not participating risk being marginalized and excluded from modern convenience.
While a programmable microchip implant has the potential benefit of not needing keys, wallets and empowers people to enjoy all kinds of time and labor-saving automated processes, there are also many people who consider this technology potentially bring risks and violate conservative traditional values.
One main concern is on health. People worried about the infection around the implants, corrosion of the device and even the risk of cancers. The infection can cause pain, red and swelling around the site. There are case studies  showing the cause and cure associated with the symptoms, that are all easily manageable in most of the cases. Corrosion is also common. Even if the device is most likely encased in bioglass, there can be oxygen and water remaining inside causing the device eventually to perform less efficiently to failure. Until the capsule is leaked, it will not cause more harm than the infection. When a device implanted that can emit wireless signals, like how a phone worked, there are controversial studies about its relationship with cancers; However, there is no evidence showing a direct connection between passive implanted devices and cancers. The study of the health consequences in the human microchip implant area is still not thorough nor complete; we will see how it will turn out in the future.
The other concern is security, privacy and even moral. Like all other electronic devices, microchip implants may be vulnerable to fraud when being hacked. So more protection is needed when it becomes prevailingly available one day. Furthermore, the country can become a “surveillance state” when no proper law is in place to protest people’s basic rights. It is already happening with people’s phones in a totalitarian country like CCP controlled China. With the release of the un-restricted bioweapon, the CCP virus, people inside China are forced to install Apps that allow the government to track everything you do and everywhere you go. Implants will face the same problem if not allowed to opt-out. Technology is invented to service people, not to control them. What do you think about the human microchip implant?
- Lude Media Video on YouTube, 1/2/2021: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm3Ysfy0iXhGbIDTNNwLqbQ/videos
- The Teletubbies, US : https://us.teletubbies.com/
- Professor has world’s first silicon chip implant: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/professor-has-world-s-first-silicon-chip-implant-1174101.html
- Radio-frequency identification (RFID): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-frequency_identification
- Near-Field-Communication (NFC): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near-field_communication
- xNT implant chip from Dangerous Things: https://dangerousthings.com/product/xnt/
- YouTube video: futurist Nikolas Badminton gets implanted with the xNT microchip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSWRr-Y0sLs
- Biohackers and Self-Made Problems: Infection of an Implanted RFID/NFC Chip: A Case Report: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341744356_Biohackers_and_Self-Made_Problems_Infection_of_an_Implanted_RFIDNFC_Chip_A_Case_Report