Bill Gates, one of the world’s most notable (or notorious) billionaires is at it again, announcing a remote controlled implantable birth control chip that could last up to 16 years.
The idea sprouted after a visit Bill made to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) two years prior, where he asked professor Robert Langer if there was any way to turn birth control on and off via remote control. This would spare women the trouble of visiting the clinic to have contraceptive implants removed when they wanted to become pregnant.
Langer connected the Gate’s Foundation with MicroCHIPS, a Massachusetts firm licensed to use a controlled-release microchip technology. Since then, the partnership has been busy developing the technology which could see a release as early as 2018, with safety tests starting this year.
MIT stated the implant would have to be encrypted to protect wireless data flow and keep it secure. The chip’s size is 20mm x 20mm x 7mm and reservoirs of the hormone are stored on a 1.5cm-wide microchip within the device.
The birth control microchip would hold nearly two decades worth of a hormone commonly used in contraceptives and dispense 30 micrograms a day, according to a report from the MIT Technology Review. The implant’s daily dose works by a small electric charge that melts an ultra-thin seal around the hormone.The birth control microchip can be implanted in the buttocks, upper arm or abdomen.
Considering this is the same guy who has also funded an oral bait vaccine that sterilizes rats (see: “Rodent Biocontrol and Crop Protection” ) and genetically engineered vaccinating mosquitoes, a treatment that by its very nature couldn’t possibly generate the consent of all patients involved, the profound implications of Gates’ new birth control microchip on human reproduction are astounding.
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