Company Embeds Microchips in the Hands of Staff so They Can Use the Photocopier
Ashley Allen / 5 years ago
Workers at Swedish office complex Epicenter have had microchips implanted in their hands in order to operate the building’s facilities. The chip allows staff to open security doors, pay for lunch in the cafeteria, and even operate the photocopier.
The embedded chips, around the size of a grain of rice, carry RFID (radio frequency identification), each with its own unique ID.
Felicio de Costa, a manager at the office complex, told the BBC, “We already interact with technology all the time. 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.”
Hannes Sjoblad of the Swedish Biohacking Group say that this trial of the technology is designed to prepare us for a future of biotech implants, saying, “We want to be able to understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped – the tax authority chip, the Google or Facebook chip.”