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Officers met with "transhumanist" presidential candidate to talk about controversial surveillance technology
A number of naval officers visited the home of an American presidential candidate and “transhumanist” called Zoltan Istvan, who believes human beings should be fitted with technology to boost their brain power or enhance physical attributes.
Istvan said they discussed the possibility of implanting humans with chips fitted with global positioning (GPS) technology.
We have seen correspondence between Istvan and Vice Admiral James Wisecup, who has retired from full time service to work in a Navy department called the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group which is dedicated to devising “revolutionary warfare concepts”.
In his letter, Vice Admiral Wisecup said the meeting broadened “our understanding… of the merger of humans and machines”.
“Your personal perspectives were interesting and timely as we begin our research process,” he wrote.
“You have had a direct impact on our viewpoints for future concepts.”
Istvan believes human life could be enhanced if we all agree to have computers or chips fitted to our bodies and brains.
He has even suggested technology could one day allow people to live forever and travelled around America in an “immortality bus” mocked up like a coffin to promote his ideas.
“A bunch of navy officers came to my house and one of the main topics was this chip implant strategy,” Istvan said.
He told us the Navy is worried that soldiers could enter service with chips already implanted into them and is “struggling to create policy” around this issue.
“You can imagine how challenging that would be if someone had a non-authorized chip implant on a nuclear base, so policy has to be created and created soon.
“I helped the US Navy do some policy work on this issue.”
However, is is likely the Navy has not fully disclosed why it is interested in fitting humans with microchips.
For some people, the thought of being “chipped” conjures up an image of a nightmarish world where the state carries out constant surveillance on its citizens.
But Istvan believes microchipping humans could have some major benefits. He claimed it could allow parents to know if their child was in danger and could even have allowed investigators to find the body of Lane Graves, who was killed in an alligator attack, in a matter of minutes.
“As a father of a two and five year old, I’m a big believer in the future that all children will get chipped, perhaps like all children get vaccines in the US,” he continued.
He said the military had already experimented with chipping soldiers “so they can be tracked”.
“This technology has been used in various ways with animals for over a decade,” he said.
“It’s crazy to me that we don’t develop it and use it in ourselves (humans) more, and especially in our children.
“I’m looking into getting my children chipped after this alligator incident and because as a controversial presidential candidate I have security issues myself to worry about.”
Microchips are as small as a grain of sand and can be injected into the skin, where they will remain for the rest of a person’s life.