Why Thousands Of People Are Getting Microchips Embedded Under Their Skin
Many people, especially women, can probably relate to the idea of not wanting to carry things around. Purses can get cumbersome and no one wants bulky pockets. But these days, everyone has multiple credit cards, sets of keys, and various other items that must be on hand every day. Sweden has found a solution to this problem, but it looks painful if you ask me.
A Growing Concern
In recent years, there has been a growing concern about violations of personal data. People are worried that their identities could be lost or stolen. With everything that we carry around each day, there is a large possibility of one of those things going missing. So instead of trying to keep track of a wallet or purse, scientists in Sweden have created a more permanent solution.
The Futuristic Solution
Back in 2015, Sweden began using small microchip implants in place of typical personal identification. It was done in secret at first. But since then, the microchipping has become more and more popular. Now, over 3,000 Swedes have been injected with this technology. What might sound like a nightmare to some has become a reality for thousands of others.
Protection Is Pain
The procedure is said to be similar to a piercing. People report that it feels like a sting. In order to implant the chip, it is placed inside a syringe. Then the syringe is injected into the body. The procedure has become so popular that many workplace events host these injections. The majority of people get the implant in their hand.
Safe And Simple
So all they need is a simple wave across a screen and personal identification pops up. One Swedish woman named Ulrika Celsing says her microchip has replaced her gym card and office key card. It could even be used as a train ticket. Not only is the chip safer, but it is much easier as well.
Positives Outweigh Negatives
Ben Libberton is a microbiologist in Sweden. He says that the microchip injection could cause infection or negative reactions in the immune system. But for many, the positives outweigh the negatives. “Who wants to carry a clumsy smartphone or smartwatch when you can have it in your fingernail? I think that is the direction where it is heading,” biohacking group Bionyfiken told Tech Insider.
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