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3500 Swedes implanted chips in order to get tickets and trai

Time:2018-07-09 / Popularity:

"The chip syringe slides between the thumb and index finger, and the operator presses the injection button. In less than two minutes, a match is born," Berg said.
This plot that seems to have happened only in science fiction has become a reality.
Since 2015, 3500 Swedish people have chosen to implant chips in the body, accounting for 0.035% of the Swedish population. It is almost the same size as a grain of rice, which can be used to pay train tickets, brush up access control, and pay for certain printer and vending machines.
People enjoy the convenience brought by chips and are willing to take risks of personal data leakage.
Ulrika Celsing, a 28 year old chip user, said in an interview with the Agence France-Presse that the chip has become her electronic wallet in the past year, replacing all kinds of gym cards and credit cards.
She worked in Mindshare, a Swedish media agency. When she entered the company, she waved her hand before the small box, and the door control was lifted.
In order to make all employees enjoy such benefits, Celsing has also held a free chip injection party.
Celsing said the injection process was like a slight sting, not very painful. She now uses this technology every day, and she is not worried about data being hacked or other monitoring problems.
"I don't think the existing technology is so powerful that we can get into the chip."
"But I may reconsider it in the future, and I can take it out again."
This incident has hardly caused much controversy in Sweden. Some media think that Swedish citizens are very used to personal data sharing. Sweden's population is only 10 million now, and 3500 people are not a small figure.
Sweden's social welfare system has registered many privacy information. As long as we call the tax authorities, we can find out the salaries of others. A short message will be able to know the owner's name and the city of a license plate number.
The radio frequency identification (RFID) technology used in chips is nothing new. It is widely used in passports, library certificates, car keys and pet electronic identity cards.
Since 2000, pet owners have been told to implant chips for their cats and dogs, which will record information about birth and quarantine. The American Veterinary Medical Fund believes that this increases the chance of missing pets. But they also added that in the past, dogs and cats were unable to form limbs due to incorrect implantation. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed RFID chips to be used as electronic medical record cards in 2004. Doctors can quickly see the patient's condition by sweeping. FDA says there is no evidence that it has a negative impact on the human body, but calls on the website that reporting bad events in time can help FDA understand the risks associated with RFID.
In addition, a group of cardiac pacemakers using RFID, which were implanted into the patient's chest and connected to the heart to maintain a normal heart beat, were recalled this year by the FDA because of a security vulnerability that could be attacked by hackers.
None of these potential problems hinder Biohax from integrating this chip into everyday life.
In Sweden, people believe that technology can bring positive changes.
A lawmaker in the state of Nevada is pushing for a ban on RFID chips in the human body, because there are no measures to protect data on the chip, and people can hack into the chip to steal information.
The data recorded by the chip include how often employees enter offices, commutes and hours, and what they buy. Although mobile phones and access control cards can record this information, the chip can not peel off the body anytime and anywhere.
In an interview, a Swedish microbiologist, Ben Libberton, warned that the chip, in addition to the possibility of causing infection or rejection of the immune system, was the biggest risk in the data stored in it.
Libberton said, "conceptually, it can get information about your health, where you are now, whether you are in the toilet or not. And we don't necessarily know which data is being collected and who is sharing them? "
In this regard, Biohax's CEO sterlund says the volume of the RFID chip is not yet able to accommodate the GPS tracker (but it may be technically possible in the future), and this is not the intention of the Biohax. He believes that people can make better use of the data if they exist.

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