Thousands of people in Sweden get microchip implants for a new way of life

Small implants were first used in 2015 in Sweden and since then people have become active in

It’s the size of a grain of rice but could hold the key to many aspects of your life.A tiny microchip inserted under the skin can replace the need to carry keys, credit cards and train tickets. That might sound like an Orwellian nightmare to some but in Sweden it is a welcome reality for a growing number who favour convenience over concerns of potential personal data violations. The small implants were first used in 2015 in Sweden – initially confidentially – and several other countries. Swedes have gone on to be very active in microchipping, with scant debate about issues surrounding its use, in a country keen on new technology and where the sharing of personal information is held up as a sign of a transparent society. In the past year, the chip has turned into a kind of electronic handbag. Sweden’s SJ national railway company has won over some 130 users to its microchip reservation service in a year.

Conductors scan passengers’ hands after they book tickets online and register them on their chip. Sweden has a track record on the sharing of personal information, which may have helped ease the microchip’s acceptance among the Nordic country’s 10 million-strong population.

Citizens have long accepted the sharing of their personal details, registered by the social security system, with other administrative bodies, while people can find out each others’ salaries through a quick phone call to the tax authority. The implants use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, also used in credit cards, and are “passive”, which means they hold data that can be read by other devices but cannot read information themselves. Although still small, they have the capacity to hold train tickets, entry pass codes as well as access certain vending machines and printers, promoters say. “At the moment, the data collected and shared by implants is small, but it’s likely that this will increase,” the researcher said.. “In Sweden, people are very comfortable with technology and I would say there is less resistance to new technology here than in most other places,” Libberton said. Nick Note: Talk about the mark of the beast where people canot buy, sell or trade without it. Dangerous stuff!!