Imagine opening and closing doors with a wave of your hand, through a tiny microchip inserted into your hand, just between your thumb and index finger. That’s what employees at NewFusion, a digital marketing firm based in Belgium, are now able to do, according to Le Soir, as reported by Sputnik News. The microchips, which have replaced the badges that workers used to swipe, are the size of a grain of rice and cost €100.
While such a technology is undoubtedly useful, since the microchips contain personal data about the user, this of course opens up many concerns about privacy, not to mention the fact that such microchips would make it easier for companies to track employees. Further, it may seem strange and intrusive to some people to have a chip inserted into their hand, not to mention the fact that employees come and go, thus requiring chips to be removed as well as inserted.
However, this does not seem to be a deal-breaker for everyone, as organizations other than NewFusion are considering implementing similar technologies. For instance, according to Sputnik News, the U.S. Navy has discussed the possibility of equipping its staff with implanted microchips that contain GPS technology, in an effort to better track soldiers’ movement.
Further, it seems that implanted microchip technologies are not limited to use in just private corporations and the government. In fact, non-profit organizations are also getting into the act, developing electronic chips that can be used for point-of-sale transactions, allowing payment in Bitcoins, and even allowing users to unlock doors and unblock mobile phones, according to Czech Republic media.
The idea of having a tiny chip implanted into your skin that allows you to perform many actions seamlessly is fascinating, and as computing power becomes more powerful, cheaper, and fits on smaller and smaller devices, it is not inconceivable that we could have tiny, yet extremely powerful computing devices inserted into our bodies that allow us to perform a wide range of daily functions with a swipe of the hand or the head. But for the moment, it appears that we will have to move forward cautiously, as I imagine that many groups of people will oppose such technologies on moral, religious, or some other grounds.