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

Business Insider | 5/14/2018 | Alexandra Ma
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Some 3,000 Swedish people have inserted a microchip into their bodies to make their daily lives easier.

People with the implants can, for instance, wave their hand near a machine to unlock their office or gym, rather than taking out a key card.

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So-called "biohacking" is on the rise as more people depend on wearable technology and interconnected devices.

Many microchip users are not concerned with hacking or surveillance at this point.

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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.

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

28-year-old Ulrika Celsing's microchip, which is in her hand, has replaced her gym card and office key card.

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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. See how it works around the 2:24 mark in the video below.

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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"

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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...
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