Perceived barriers for implanting microchips in humans: A transnational study



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Perakslis, C., Michael, K., Michael, M. G. & Gable, R. (2014). Perceived barriers for implanting microchips in humans: A transnational study. 2014 IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century (21CW) and North American Fuzzy Informatioin Processing (NAFIPS 2014) (pp. 1-8). United States: IEEE.


2014 IEEE. This quantitative, descriptive study investigated if there was a relationship between countries of residence of small business owners (N = 453) within four countries (Australia, India, UK, and the USA) with respect to perceived barriers to RFID (radio frequency identification) transponders being implanted into humans for employee ID. Participants were asked what they believed were the greatest barriers in instituting chip implants for access control in organizations. Participants had six options from which to select. There were significant chi-square analyses reported relative to respondents' countries and: 1) a perceived barrier of technological issues (X2= 11.86, df = 3, p =.008); 2) a perceived barrier of philosophical issues (right of control over one's body) (X2= 31.21, df = 3, p =.000); and 3) a perceived barrier of health issues (unknown risks related to implants) (X2= 10.88, df = 3, p =.012). There were no significant chi-square analyses reported with respect to countries of residence and: 1) religious issues (mark of the beast), 2) social issues (digital divide), and 3) cultural issues (incisions into the skin are taboo). Thus, the researchers concluded that there were relationships between the respondents' countries and the perception of barriers in institutional microchips.

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