Chip : it can change everything.
What would happen if it were not necessary to carry any device?
When we talk about a society without cash, we usually refer to using contactless banking cards or smart phones to make daily purchases.
This is the tempting prospect that leads some employees in Europe to voluntarily accept a microchip with a radio frequency identification (RFID) card.
Americans now also participate.
The American technology company Three Square Market (32M) organized a different summer party in early August.
32M is the first company in the USA. UU. Which offers employees the technology of implanted chips
The company, based in River Fall, Wis., Organized a “chip party” in which it invited its employees to voluntarily accept to be injected with a RFID chip the size of a grain of rice.
The chip uses electromagnetic fields to identify electronically stored information. It is a form of near-field communication (NFC), the same technology as that used in contactless credit cards and mobile payments. Within seconds, a chip is implanted under the skin, between the thumb and forefinger.
Passport for everything
Overlooking his company’s “chip party,” Todd Westby, CEO of 32M, said he believed RFID implants would be used for a range of workplace and off-site activities and transactions.
“We anticipate the use of RFID technology to handle everything from shopping in office break rooms, opening doors, using photocopiers, entering our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical and health information , And use it as payment at other RFID terminals, “said Westby.
“In the long run, this technology will be standardized and it will be possible to use it as a passport, public transport, all shopping opportunities, etc.”
32M, which controls workplace food sales systems called “micromarkets”, currently allows the use of its cashless facilities through a smartphone application. The company said the chips were “the next evolution in payment systems.”
The technology used by 32M was developed by Biohax Sweden, based in Stockholm.
The Biohax RFID chip was first offered in January 2015 to workers at the Swedish technology center Epicenter.
Since then, the use of the Biohax chip has been extended from simple office tasks, such as opening doors and using printers, to paying for rail travel with one of Sweden’s major rail operators.
For some, the increasing benefits of RFID implants cost too much.
While data from RFID cards can be encrypted, Ben Libberton, a microbiologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, has warned that hackers could gain a great deal of information from integrated microcircuits.
Fears about privacy and political freedom have led several US states – including the 32M home state of Wisconsin – to pass laws banning the imposition of human microchips on their will.
In the United States, there have been concerns about the human microchip for more than a decade; The antimicrochip bill in Wisconsin was introduced in 2005.
In 2010, public opinion forced US-based PositiveID to abandon its VeriMed project of a microchip for medical records.
Fears about the microchip go beyond privacy to the possible negative effects on health
Fears about the microchip go beyond privacy to the possible negative health effects of implanting an RFID card – a device that transmits radio waves – into human tissue.
While there is little evidence at present of the health effects of microchips, the World Health Organization has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans.
Research on the effects of micro chip implantation on animals has found that a small percentage of patients suffer from tumors in the area where the microchip was placed.