They are, therefore, compelled to spend billions of dollars on such projects, that is to say billions fleeced off the people they want to monitor and control. As usual, the excuse is they have to protect us from the terrorists, never mind they created the terrorists, too.
If the government had its way ~ and it may very well in a few years, thanks to the bovine nature of the average American ~ you will be chipped or at minimum have an RFID in your wallet or purse, thus they will be track where you go and when.
This gigantic amalgamation of personal information could then be used to "trace the threads of an individual's life," to see exactly how a relationship or events developed, according to a briefing from the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, LifeLog's sponsor.
In the meantime, a British scientist says he is the first man in the world to become infected with a computer virus.
Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading had a chip inserted in his hand which was then infected with a virus.
The device, which enables him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone, is a sophisticated version of ID chips used to tag pets.
In trials, Dr Gasson showed that the chip was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems.
If other implanted chips had then connected to the system they too would have been corrupted, he said.
Dr Gasson admits that the test is a proof of principle but he thinks it has important implications for a future where medical devices such as pacemakers and cochlear implants become more sophisticated, and risk being contaminated by other human implants.
"With the benefits of this type of technology come risks. We may improve ourselves in some way but much like the improvements with other technologies, mobile phones for example, they become vulnerable to risks, such as security problems and computer viruses."
He also added: "Many people with medical implants also consider them to be integrated into their concept of their body, and so in this context it is appropriate to talk in terms of people themselves being infected by computer viruses."
However, Dr Gasson predicts that wider use will be made of implanted technology.
"This type of technology has been commercialized in the United States as a type of medical alert bracelet, so that if you're found unconscious you can be scanned and your medical history brought up."
Professor Rafael Capurro of the Steinbeis-Transfer-Institute of Information Ethics in Germany told BBC News that the research was "interesting".
"If someone can get on-line access to your implant, it could be serious," he said.
Professor Capurro contributed to a 2005 ethical study for the European Commission that looked at the development of digital implants and possible abuse of them.
"From an ethical point of view, the surveillance of implants can be both positive and negative," he said.
"Surveillance can be part of medical care, but if someone wants to do harm to you, it could be a problem."
In addition, he said, that there should be caution if implants with surveillance capabilities started to be used outside of a medical setting.
However, Dr Gasson believes that there will be a demand for these non-essential applications, much as people pay for cosmetic surgery.
"If we can find a way of enhancing someone's memory or their IQ then there's a real possibility that people will choose to have this kind of invasive procedure."
Dr Gasson works at the University of Reading's School of Systems Engineering and will present the results of his research at the International Symposium for Technology and Society in Australia next month. Professor Capurro will also talk at the event.
Several top level Olympians, have gone public as supporters for the chipping of all athletes over a certain level to assure no doping of the athletes. They say that the current system ~ whereby athletes provide quarterly advance reports of their probable whereabouts ~ is not sufficient to tackle the sport's problems with doping.
"I have previously proposed that we should have computer chips surgically implanted into our skin. But it might be just as good if everybody at a certain level had a key ring with a GPS transmitter on their training bags. That way everybody involved knows where we are at all times and can find us for tests," Klüft told Svenska Dagbladet.
"I wouldn't have any complaints about surveillance of this kind. In fact, I think we have an obligation to go along with most things. Doping is terrible, which means it is important we have an open mind and are brave enough to discuss and debate the issue," she added.
Perhaps in North America we could begin such programming from the T-ball and mini-soccer level so that we can have the added bonus of knowing which children are worthy of further educational financing, or even if they were given one dose of cough syrup too many when ill.
The virus aspect aside, here are just a few words on other aspects of the capabilities of chips. Through wearing a chip, it could be determined if you harbor "discontent" with the government, in other words if you're with al-Qaeda.
There is, among many other projects, one which uses a controversial Total Information Awareness database project, which will track all of an individual's "transactional data" like what we buy and who gets our e-mail. As an added bonus,
As an added bonus, a chip could keep track of physical information (like how we feel) and media data (like what we read) to this transactional data.
No doubt, the pointy-heads in the Pentagon are particularly interested in this "how we feel" aspect of the program. Not even Orwell was able to imagine such a scary control device.
You see an image of our commander-guy on television or the web, your biomedical implant registers an elevated level or disgust, and the thought police are dispatched in SWAT fashion. It's off to the re-education camp for you.
In the private sector, a number of projects are already are underway to digitally archive one's life to create a "surrogate memory," as minicomputer pioneer Gordon Bell calls it.
Bell, now with Microsoft, scans all his letters and memos, records his conversations, saves all the Web pages he's visited and e-mails he's received and puts them into an electronic storehouse dubbed MyLifeBits. Some of these projects would take this concept several steps further by tracking where people go and what they see.
Of course, if you know the government is tracking where you go, chances are you may not go there. And that's why DARPA is spending your hard-earned tax money on technology you can't get around, just in case you're with al-Qaeda or a Ron Paul supporter.
That makes the project similar to the work of University of Toronto professor Steve Mann. Since his teen years in the 1970s, Mann, a self-styled "cyborg," has worn a camera and an array of sensors to record his existence. He claims he's convinced 20 to 30 of his current and former students to do the same. It's all part of an experiment into "existential technology" and "the metaphysics of free will."
Indeed, military types are not normally interested in all that philosophical stuff, as they are too busy finding and eliminating enemies. They wish to concentrate on the battlefield and the battlefield is right here on Main Street.They are doing somersaults to fit chips into a traditional military context but are failing and failing miserably. Obviously, this system is for us, the commoners, and the real enemies of power.
John Pike, director of defense think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said he finds the explanations "hard to believe."
Sure, LifeLog could be used to train robotic assistants. But it also could become a way to profile suspected terrorists, said Cory Doctorow, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In other words, a terrorist agent takes a walk around the block at 10 each morning, buys a bagel and a newspaper at the corner store and then calls his mother. You do the same things? Oh my gosh! Maybe you're an al Qaeda member, too!
Bingo! And as we know, al-Qaeda now encompasses at lot of behavior, as even garden variety criminals are considered terrorists. But the run-of-the-mill pot smoker or bad check writer pales in comparison to those who are walking around experiencing "discontent" with the government.
Obviously, a bad check writer will have at best minimal influence on the government while an al-Qaeda terrorist in a 9/11 truth t-shirt is most certainly a direct challenge and threat to the guys in charge, and that's why our governmental protectors are on the case.
"The more that an individual's characteristic behavior patterns, routines, relationships and habits' can be represented in digital form, the easier it would become to distinguish among different individuals, or to monitor one," Dr. Aftergood, the Federation of American Scientists analyst, wrote in an e-mail.
In a chip programme named LifeLog report the creators make minimal nods to privacy protection, like when it suggests that "properly anonymized access to LifeLog data might support medical research and the early detection of an emerging epidemic.
Not that money is an object when the American tax payer is picking up the tab.
Like a game show, winning this chip, information gathering prize eventually will earn the lucky scientists a trip for three to Washington, D.C. Except on this excursion, every participating scientist's e-mail to the travel agent, every padded bar bill and every mad lunge for a cab will be monitored, categorized and later dissected.
And if the scientists are not extra careful, they may end up dead or missing, like not shortage microbiologists, as secret program like to clean up and stragglers who may cause embarrassment or Nuremberg-like trials down the road.
And to think, I have not even mentioned the health ramifications of chipping, or behaviour modification from chipping. Or even more deadly, chipping as the mark of the beast, a very valid concept. And of equal importance, how some chips have the ability to alter moods, insert thoughts, remove free will, create a true hive mind situation, in other words to commit more evil than decent ordinary people can imagine.
We speak here of the possible true loss of the soul, something that I, for one< will fight until the end.