Would you ever want a rice sized microchip implanted in your wrist? That sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but it’s happening already all over the world.
In 2015, several companies in Sweden offered the service to their employees, usually for free, with the first of the electronic tags that are about the size of a grain of rice embedded. More than 3,000 Swedes have gotten the microchips implanted in their hands that let them do things like enter buildings, pay for shopping and buy train tickets.
They work using the same technology as in contact-less credit cards or mobile payments, with data sent when activated by a reader via electromagnetic waves. Microbiologist Ben Libberton is warning of the risk to private data. He told AFP that while the data now collected and shared by the implants is small, it will likely increase. He said, “The more data is stored in a single place as could happen with a chip, the more risk it could be used against us.” As an example, he said, “If a chip can one day detect a medical problem, who finds out and when?”
Now for medical reasons, I would consider having the implant. A lot of us with medical conditions don’t necessarily wear a medical bracelet like we should, having the microchip would help especially if you were unable to speak for some reason. Medical professionals could swipe your wrist and see if you have any medical issues that they would need to know.
Would you get a microchip to pay bills with or for medical reasons?