The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is alleged to be funding a birth control chip that can be remotely controlled.
This chip can be implanted into people – in the hip, inside the arm or at the base of the spine – and can be left in situ for up to 16 years.
The research on the birth control chip has been a closely-guarded secret, until a spokesperson for the Gates Foundation confirmed that the beta testing for the birth control chip would be starting towards the end of this year, and that they need volunteers to assist in real world testing.
The Gates Foundation has funded the research and the prototype is alleged to be ready for human testing.
The chips will be ready for sale by the year 2018 according to Robert Langer after being worked on for three years.
It’s dimensions are 20mm by 20mm by 7mm.
The reservoirs of hormones stored within it, would be implanted on a microchip of approximately 1.5cm.
The embedded data would be encrypted so that others (cybercriminals or hackers) cannot easily access the information contained in the chip or misuse/alter or attempt to destroy it.
At the core of the Gates Foundation’s birth control pill, is a large reservoir that can hold almost two decades worth of hormones.
“A quantity of 30 micrograms of the stored hormones will be released daily into the body, ensuring the recipients are safe and remain pregnancy free.”
The hormones are released by melting solid hormonal material using a small electric shock which is claimed would operate ‘entirely un-noticed by the recipient’.
The safety tests are alleged to begin by the end of 2015 and Professor Langer is confident that the chips will hit the open market sometime around 2018.
“The main target of these chips would be women in third world countries who are often subject to pain and risks of death during early pregnancies.
This chip will also, help couples plan a better parenting pattern as chances of things going wrong would be much less than any other contraceptive available in the current market.”