Swedes have learned to stop worrying and love the chip:
In Sweden, a country rich with technological advancement, thousands have had microchips inserted into their hands.
The chips are designed to speed up users’ daily routines and make their lives more convenient — accessing their homes, offices and gyms is as easy as swiping their hands against digital readers.
They also can be used to store emergency contact details, social media profiles or e-tickets for events and rail journeys within Sweden.
What’s remarkable to me is how marginal the benefit is here. O, the hardship of having to carry around a key card! The agony of having to swipe your phone to get on a train! We are approaching the reductio ad absurdum of modern convenience, where you will be able to go anywhere without having to walk –
– talk to anyone without having to flap your gums, and do anything without having to move a muscle. At that point, the only remaining challenge will be how think without needing to use your brain.
Proponents of the tiny chips say they’re safe and largely protected from hacking, but one scientist is raising privacy concerns around the kind of personal health data that might be stored on the devices.
Around the size of a grain of rice, the chips typically are inserted into the skin just above each user’s thumb, using a syringe similar to that used for giving vaccinations. The procedure costs about $180.
So many Swedes are lining up to get the microchips that the country’s main chipping company says it can’t keep up with the number of requests.
Dystopia now. Seriously, why would anyone want this? It’s physically invasive and has all the privacy and security risks of a Yahoo email account – only it’s under your freakin’ skin!
“Having different cards and tokens verifying your identity to a bunch of different systems just doesn’t make sense,” he says. “Using a chip means that the hyper-connected surroundings that you live in every day can be streamlined.”
You know what? No.