We’ve heard about people that microchip their pets so they can keep track of their whereabouts as they wander. But now, that technology has extended beyond use on our four-legged friends and is being used on, well, us.
We’re not all subject to this treatment yet, but it might be a requirement in the near future. An office campus in Sweden, named Epicenter, has taken the first step to mark its employees with an RFID microchip to facilitate work arrangements.
Now, if you think the purpose of the implant is for bosses to constantly keep track of staff whereabouts, you’re wrong. It’s actually so they won’t need to have laminated passkeys (we’ve all forgotten or misplaced one at some point in our lives) or remember passwords that are linked to machines at work.
Now, all they need to do is wave their hands to open doors and operate technologies that include smartphones, computers, photocopiers, and even bike locks.
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Bio-hacker, Hannes Sjobald (the person who organised the process), told BBC News that it’s a natural progression since we already constantly interact with technology. "Today it's a bit messy – we need PIN codes and passwords. Wouldn't it be easy to just touch with your hand? That's really intuitive," he added.
For obvious reasons, not all of the employees wanted to be bio-hacked, and Sjobald mentioned that the technology has to be trialed by a few first before the company decides if it should go mainstream.
“We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big governments come to us and say everyone should get chipped – the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip," Sjoblad mentioned to BBC.
But now that it’s already started, we reckon it won’t be too long before we all have a chip (or multiple ones) under our skin.
[Source and image: CNET]