by Matt Drake
will be able
their "souls" onto microchips,
implant it into
expert has claimed...
The 'religion of
is pervasive and resilient, judging by the
continuous flow of stories every year.
The technology to achieve their dream is always
just out of reach and just around the corner.
Alas, it's been that way for years, and yet they
are no closer to immortality than they were 30
download their "SOULS" onto microchips so they can 'live FOREVER'
Richard Skellett, a founder of
Digital Anthropologist and an
expert for Future of Work, has warned of a future in which
British workers have chips inserted underneath their skin.
The process has already been trialed with company
BioTeq fitting 150 implants in the
UK. And Sweden-based firm
Biohax told the Sunday Telegraph
that it is in discussions with several British companies
But as humans and machines become more in-sync, it could open up all
sorts of possibilities... including being able to live forever.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, Mr Skellett explained:
"There's a lot of
talk at the moment about microchipping employees and there are
some companies that are actually doing that.
I can see benefits from it, but also opens up a whole roster of
other things - like being reborn."
The microchips from
BioTeq are similar to those for pets and are implanted in the flesh
between the thumb and forefinger.
Chips will be able to store medical data and other personal
may soon be able to
download their "souls" onto microchips
fitted with microchips
Mr Skellett added:
"Living forever might
sound crazy at the moment because the technology isn't quite
there, but we already have the technology to clone.
"The only thing is that something may be an exact replica in
terms of DNA but it may be nothing like you because we are made
up of both nature and nurture.
"Well I would say that nurture is all to do with learning, you
are a product of everything you have experienced, your likes and
dislikes and that's arguably your soul.
"Your 'soul' is you, it's your beliefs, it's your values.
the technology to clone
"So imagine now that
you've got a chip, and that chip has been collecting all of your
personal details, all of your learning, that effectively becomes
"It may sound ridiculous, but you may be able to take that chip
out and put it in another body and live forever - it's not
actually that ridiculous, is it?"
But the tech chief warns
of other problems with microchipping and says it will make it
possible to be spied on 24x7.
He also warns of people "hacking" people's chips and making them
susceptible to crime, saying:
"What will happen to
individuals when their body-chip is hacked?
technology chief warned of
downsides to the technology
could be stolen without the individual even being aware it has
happened. It could mean that you are cloned without even knowing
it by a hacker.
"Hackers and thieves being able to track the movements of people
to enable both digital and physical theft.
"Our home security being breached whilst hackers know we are on
holiday or at work is a risk too far. Why would we even want
this information to run the risk of hacking?"