Written by Salina Jivani
Nose jobs, liposuction and breast implants, move aside. Soon you might be asked to insert a chip into your skin for things as simple as getting you through the security gates of your office building.
Sounds creepy, strange, and just a tad invasive, no? You’re right, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on which side of the fence you’re on), embedding microchips into humans is already happening…which means it could be the new “thing” sooner rather than later.
In fact, a company is Wisconsin is already planning on inserting these chips into 50 employees so they can access their work buildings and log into their computers without the need for entrance cards or log-in credentials.
Places like Sweden have replaced train tickets with chips inserted in passengers’ hands. Even pets owners have used chips in their pets to keep them from getting lost—which begs the question: How safe are these chips?
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they might be pretty safe. The FDA initially approved the use of a Radio Frequency chip in 2004 and has since prompted people who’ve had the chip inserted into them to report any issues to its website.
Pet owners have reported issues like loss of limb function, lymphoma, cancer and sudden deaths due to chip implants.
So what does this mean for the larger population? To chip or not to chip? The debate is still raging. While employers, particularly in places like Sweden, favor chip insertion in employees, arguing that it makes life a whole lot simpler, others will clearly need some getting used to the idea—if/when and before it ever becomes the new “thing.” In either case, don’t be surprised if you’re one day asked to toss your passports in the trash…your hands may be the only boarding pass you’ll need.