Stockholm: Dystopian nightmare or simple convenience? A Swedish company that implants microchips under the skin is promoting its devices for use as a COVID-19 health passport in a country with thousands of early adopters.
“I think it’s very much my own integrity to get chipped and keep my personal information there with me. I actually feel like it’s going to be even more controlled on my part,” developed Amanda Back, a Stockholm resident who implanted the subcutaneous chip from DSruptive Subdermals AFP.
Although still rare, in recent years several thousand Swedes have chosen to have an electronic implant placed under the skin, eliminating the need to memorize key fobs, business cards, public transport tickets and, more recently, vaccination cards.
The country in which the series “Real Humans” and its English language adaptation “Humans” were created is also a stronghold of so-called biohackers who are convinced that in the future humans will become more and more entangled with technology.
“I have a chip implant in my arm and I have programmed the chip to have my COVID-19 passport on the chip and the reason is I like to have it handy at all times and when I read my chip, pull I just put my phone on the chip and then I unlock it and it opens up,” said Hannes Sjoblad, Managing Director of DSruptive Subdermals, as a PDF of his vaccination card appeared on his phone.
“A chip implant costs a hundred euros if you want to buy the more advanced versions, and you can compare that to, for example, a healthcare wearable that might cost twice as much but at the same time has a chip implant that you can use for twenty, thirty , forty years. Whereas a wearable can only be used for three or four years,” he added.
For Sjoblad, the Covid passport is just one example of a possible application that will be “a thing for winter 2021-2022”.
The Swedish entrepreneur added that he has a “strong interest in privacy”.
While acknowledging that a lot of “people see chip implants as scary technology, surveillance technology,” Sjoblad said they should be thought of as a simple ID tag instead.
“They don’t have a battery, they can’t transmit the signal themselves, so basically they’re asleep, they can never know your location, they only wake up when you touch them with your smartphone,” he said.
All implants are voluntary, and if someone were to make them mandatory for inmates or the elderly in retirement homes, “you’ll find me on the barricades,” Sjoblad said.
“No one can force someone to get a chip implant.”
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