Biohacking: Thousands of Swedes Embedded Chips Under Their Skins to Replace ID Cards

 

They travel by train, go to their jobs and even enter gyms with their chips implanted under the skin.

 
  A microchip implant as shown in this photo with "body-hacker" Jowan Osterlund of Sweden.  James Brooks/AP

A microchip implant as shown in this photo with "body-hacker" Jowan Osterlund of Sweden. James Brooks/AP

 

BY SEPH BRAND
MAY 20, 2018


Imagine how much people concern about their privacy after the recent scandal of the social network Facebook, now imagine how much of your privacy you could risk by the implantation of a chip inside your body.

In Sweden, the biohacking movement is becoming more relevant. More than three thousand people have already implanted chips inside their bodies to perform daily tasks. They say it is more comfortable and they do not fear the consequences.

When they take the train, they just pass their hand to enter. When they get to work, they do the same. In almost all instances of identification, they use the information stored in their microchip to authenticate themselves. Also, they are not few: around 3,000 people have already implanted the chip with the size of a grain of rice, in the last three years, as mentioned by Business Insider:



The trend started a long time ago. In fact, about four years ago, the Swedish biohacking group Bionyfiken began to organize the so-called "implant parties". Now, they even occupy them to go to the gym. This was said by the spokesman of the organization, Hannes Sjöblad, some time ago:

"The human body is the next big platform. The connected body is already a phenomena. And this implant is just a part of it (...) We are updating our bodies with technology on a large scale already with wearables. But all of the wearables we wear today will be implantable in five to 10 years. 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."

The implant process is relatively simple. The chip is inserted through a syringe, usually in the person's hand. However, as it is a procedure similar to a piercing, there may also be infections or reactions of the immune system.

A few weeks ago, he also made news of the mysterious death of a biohacker in the United States. He was Aaron Traywick, who said he even had the cure for AIDS before he died.

Would you implant a chip as a form of identification?