Re: human chip implant CNN story
Sun, 24 Jan 1999 08:02:16 EST

In a message dated 99-01-14 19:58:38 EST, Damien Broderick wrote:


> Nothing new, but interesting to see the story there without the
> Frankenscience smear

I've also noticed a number of articles in the popular press recently that took at least an even tone to reporting on technological developments of transhuman interest. However, I also took a look this morning at the poll CNN ran along with the story. Only 49% of the approximately 10,000 respondents answered "Yes" to the question, "Would you consider having microchips implanted in your body?" Considering the over-all technophilic tendency of an Internet audience, this isn't that large a portion of the respondents. Of course, the positive response would likely have been much higher if some widely-accepted medical purpose for a chip implant had been identified in the poll question, such as for a pacemaker(an already common chip implant). Perhaps I should be happy that almost half the respondents said they would accept a chip implant, even when the purpose wasn't specified . . .

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