Tech & Science Thousands of people in Sweden are embedding microchips under their skin to replace ID cards

04:30  15 may  2018
04:30  15 may  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Thousands of Swedes are having microchips implanted into their bodies so that they don't need to carry key cards , IDs , and even train tickets. About 3,000 people in Sweden have inserted a microchip — which is as tiny as a grain of rice — under their skin over the past three years, Agence

A microchip embedded under the skin will replace credit cards and keys according to Stephen Ray, who has already overseen a program for Sweden ’s largest state owned train operator that allows customers to scan their chips instead of using tickets.

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Thousands of Swedish people are having microchips implanted into their bodies so that they no don't need to carry key cards, IDs, and even train tickets.

Some 3,000 people in Sweden have inserted a single microchip - which is as tiny as a grain of rice - under their skin over the past three years, Agence France-Presse reported. The technology was first used in the country in 2015.

The implants have already helped replace the need for a host of daily necessities.

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Sweden is in the grip of a new craze, with Swedes readily parting with their own cash to pay for “fashionable” microchips under their skin . An SJ spokesperson said he expects thousands of people to “take advantage” of the “convenient method“.

A tiny microchip inserted under the skin can replace the need to carry keys, credit cards The small implants were first used in 2015 in Sweden — initially confidentially — and several other countries. Conductors scan passengers’ hands after they book tickets online and register them on their chip .

a close up of a device © Provided by Business Insider Inc 28-year-old Ulrika Celsing's microchip, which is in her hand, has replaced her gym card and office key card.

When she enters her workplace, she simply waves her hand near a small box and types in a code before the doors open, AFP said.

Last year, the state-owned SJ rail line started scanning the hands of passengers with biometric chips to collect their train fare while on board.

There is no technological reason the chips couldn't also be used to buy things just like a contactless credit card, but nobody appears to have started testing that yet.

'A slight sting'

The procedure is similar to that of a piercing, and involves a syringe injecting the chip into the person's hand. Celsing, who obtained her injection at a work event, told AFP she only felt a slight sting.

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Workers at a new high-technology office building in central Stockholm are doing away with their old ID cards on lanyards Attendees at an “Implant Party” in Sweden show off their new microchips . He hosts small “implant parties” at tattoo parlors where groups of people get RFID chipped together.

There are now an estimated 10,000 people with RFID implants embedded in their bodies capable One woman from Sidney, Shanti Korporaal, now has two implants under her skin that allow her to When interviewed, she stated that her goal is to abandon the use of wallets and cards completely in

However, the chip implants could cause infections or reactions in the body's immune system, Ben Libberton, a microbiologist at MAX IV Laboratory in southern Sweden, told AFP.

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About four years ago, Swedish biohacking group Bionyfiken started organising "implant parties" - where groups of people insert chips into their hands en masse - in countries including the US, UK, France, Germany, and Mexico.

Some 50 employees at Wisconsin vending machine company Three Square Market voluntarily agreed to insert microchips into their hands, which they could then use to buy snacks, log in to computers, or use the photocopier.

Swedes seem more willing to try the technology than most other nations.

The country's 10 million-strong population are generally more willing to share personal details, which are already recorded by the country's social security system and readily available. According to AFP, people can find each others' salaries by simply calling public tax authorities.

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Society is quickly embracing microchip implants to unlock doors, log into cell phones and even make payments without the hassle of cash or credit cards . They are among the growing number of people implanting technology under their skin to make their lives easier.

Osterlund is the founder of Biohax, a Swedish company that specializes in injecting small microchips , about the size of a grain of rice, under people ’s skin . The idea is that it’s more convenient to wave your hand in front of the door than use a key card .

Many of them also don't believe the microchip technology is advanced enough to be hacked. Libberton, the microbiologist, also said the data collected and shared by implants are too limited for users to fear hacking or surveillance.

  Thousands of people in Sweden are embedding microchips under their skin to replace ID cards © Provided by Business Insider Inc Bionyfiken founder Hannes Sjöblad told Tech Insider in 2015:

"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."

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