Dickerson said she though one day, “I microchip my dog, why couldn’t I
microchip my son?”
I think there’s something despicable about treating a human being the same way you would treat a dog or your keys.
Its one thing to chip your keys or have one of those devices that when you whistle the keyring goes bleep-bleep to help you find it. I can imagine extending that to people who let their dogs (or cats) roam and need/want to have them in at night. Domesticated pets might not be able to cope with even urban predators such as badgers and grizzly raccoons.
If, that is, the animals aren’t smart though to come in when you call them.
But treating a human as you would a dog?
What’s that? “Kidnapping”?
So this is getting reduced to an issue of Risk management is it?
What’s the risk of kidnapping?
The reality is that the press is not interested in the humdrum of life so it plays up the spectacular and we come to believe that this is the norm even though its not.
And if your child is a clear target for kidnapping because you’re a celebrity, then there are much better controls to make sure the kidnapping doesn’t happen in the first place.
However to my mind there is one thing that none of this has considered.
Oh, wait, more than one thing.
The child become an adult, then what? Are we going to have a society where every adult is chipped? When chipped adults are the norm? How is this different, once we have GPS satellite tracking of such people, from the unresolvable tracking band certain accused felons have to wear as part of their bail conditions? Will not being chipped become a privilege for the elite?
So, as an adult you can remove the chip your parents implanted. Lets suppose that become a legal right on achieving majority. What’s to say that the hypothetical kidnappers of the earlier part of the child’s like won’t have access to chip scanning/detection & removal technology?
Heck, come to that what’s to say that the kidnappers won’t have access to somewhere underground, a basement with good RF-impermeable stone and concrete or perhaps a cave system, where GPS cannot reach?
No, this idea is just too flawed. It simply has not been thought through.