The small pump on the back of Dave Williams is about the grain size of rice and is between his thumb and a trap. It is very discovery, but when it opens the door of its house with it, it becomes central to its attention.
This British software engineer, who works for Mozilla, has inserted a microchip in his hand, an electronic powered circuit working with wireless technology.
"I remember very badly," he told the BBC. That is why he decided to implant the small device that enabled him not to worry if he forgot home keys.
Here are the same kind of chips that they have Fashion in Sweden and in other western countries like Germany, Australia and New Zealand, where several initiatives have been made to promote this technology's future.
But the Swedish case draws special attention. Thousands of people in the Nordic nation – some 3,000, according to the AFP May report this year – microchips have already been incorporated. Although the figure is likely to be even higher.
"More and more people in Sweden are implanting RFID chips in their hands and using it unlocking doors, carrying & # 39; tickets train and even make payments", told BBC World Ben Libberton, a physiologist in microbiology working at the MAX IV laboratory of Lund, in the south of Sweden.
RFID, unlike barcode, allows remote access to the information that it contains. I'm used in anti-theft labels, in ski resorts and also in"identification chips" for pets.
I also act on most smartphones and wireless cards, as well as in electronic passports.
But in recent years, its use among people has gained special relevance. Sweden is leading the trend.
The theme started headlines in 2015when Epicenter, a high-tech company in Stockholm, caused some debate by announcing that it was going to implant chips for its employees.
With the wrist turning, employees could go to the building, use the photocopier or pay for coffee.
"The greatest benefit is the convenience", co-founder and director of the company, Patrick Mesterton, said in 2017. "It's allowed to reset a number of things, such as the credit card or the keys".
Pay on hand
The chips allow to realize benefits unconnected (unattached), a specially promoted practice in Sweden where almost 1% of the value of all transactions made in 2016 was made cash.
Some of those transactions are made on board trains.
The national SJ railway company – the largest in the country- This is the first in the world to receive this type of payment.
When the reviewer passes, some passengers put their hand at their request smart phone. The train ticket appears to be a thing from the past.
All people with a microchip like these in their hand must previously register with the company to have a number and ability to pay.
Stephen Ray, director of communication at SJ, knows the system very well because he has a microchip implanted under the skin of his hand.
In this way, the reviewer's telephone screen states that the passenger has paid the ticket and showing him his / her number and his name.
"The only information that SJ reads from the microscopy tickets is the membership number in the SJ loyalty program," said Ray to BBC Mundo.
Msgid "This number it is not considered confidential and customer privacy is guaranteed from our point of view, "he added.
At present, this technology is only used for regional trips in your company. But the plan is that it covers much more.
However, Ray explains that "will never be mandatory" for their customers to implant these chips and "they are just consideredoptional servicewe are still considering a test project ".
Stephen said the idea is for this extension to be extended to other areas (and other payments) of everyday life, such as a credit card.
Anyway, not everyone is in favor of microchips or with such an optimistic vision.
"This technology reduces the number of cards and devices they need, it's very much miniaturizing, making it impossible for them lost, "Libberton tells BBC Mundo.
But the microbiologist warns him that he is worried about how chips can break the privacy and safety of those who use them.
"As these chips are integrated into more digital services, they will reveal more data if they are compromised. It has a weak security point, " explains.
"Imagine if you use it to unlock your house or access to your bank account. I am afraid that its ease will make it easier for important data to be dropped. "
Leave a question in the air: "The risks will be even more when they begin to embed biological data i & ch chip If a company knows more about you about your own health, What are the ethical implications and who decides on the rules? ", come to the conclusion.
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