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.