Convenient Or Risky? First Implanted Microchips Promise The Public To “Make Their Life Easier”
People walking around with a microchip in their hands sounds like a storyline out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? In reality, there isn’t anything fictional or futuristic about it: There are thousands of people with implanted microchips already. Proponents of the implanted microchips say that they make people’s lives easier, but naturally, there are plenty of others who question their safety and security.
Implanted microchips have been noted for their popularity in Sweden. However, they’re not that new – and have been around since 2014. Swedes use them to get into their homes, offices, and gyms. They are used to store emergency contact details, social media profiles, and event tickets. They even use them to take the train.
According to Jowan Osterlund, former professional body piercer and founder of microchipping company Biohax International, the implanted microchips make people’s lives easier.
“Having different cards and tokens verifying your identity to a bunch of different systems just doesn’t make sense. Using a chip means that the hyper-connected surroundings that you live in every day can be streamlined,” he explained. (1)
In fact, as of 2018, 5,500 Swedes have already adopted the technology. (2) Known for being at the forefront of new tech, this does not come as a surprise. The wealthy, well-educated nation is full of early-adopters to technology. Swedish citizens also have a high level of trust in their companies, banks, large organizations, and their government.