The future is here, ya’ll—at least if you’re a resident of Sweden. In a futuristic practice that sounds like something out of a high-tech science fiction movie, several Swedes are now microchipping themselves.
You’ve seen things like this in movies and TV shows, but the thought of it actually becoming a reality may have been the last thing on your mind. Although if you live in Sweden, microchipping humans is not far-fetched at all. As reported by @Futurism, around 3,000 Swedish residents have already microchipped themselves to allow them convenient access to everyday items that many often struggle to up with, including their ID, wallet and keys.
The microchip basically acts as a digital keychain of sorts and it utilizes NFC (near-field communication) to send information wirelessly from a passive chip to a reader, but only when they are about 4 centimeters apart from each other. The microchip can assist people in doing common daily tasks like sign into the gym, unlock the doors to cars and offices, and make credit card payments. What’s even more interesting, is that as the technology progresses, the implant will be able to do even more.
The microchip technology isn’t new, as it’s very similar to what veterinarians use to implant in dogs and cats so that their owners can find them in the event that they are lost or run away. Additionally, some Swedish biohackers have been having “implant parties” in an underground activity since at least 2015. But now, microchipping has found its way to regular people and become mainstream.
It’s important to note that, as with any form of advanced technology, there are definite concerns. The NFC microchips give corporations a disturbing amount of control over you and your daily activities — including tracking where you are, how long of a lunch break you take and how often you use the bathroom. The microchips are also able to hacked, which is a whole other set of concerns.
Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?