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Microchip Control in Sweden

MicrochippedHand--Sime 2014 by Mikael HanssonInfoTech Umeå

The BBC reports that a new office block in Sweden is offering workers the chance to have a microchip implanted under their skin to allow them to access various services within the building.

A tiny gadget the size of a grain of rice is implanted in employees’ hands – in the ‘web’ between the thumb and forefinger. It then allows them to open doors, or use the photocopier, without a traditional pass card.  Photo: Mikael Hansson/InfoTech Umeå

The BBC’s chief technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones went to try it out.

I’ve returned to Britain with a slightly sore hand – and a chip still under my skin which has my contact details on it. Not that useful, but no doubt more sophisticated chips will soon replace wearable technology like fitness bands or payment devices, and we will get used to being augmented. All sorts of things are possible – whether it becomes culturally acceptable to insert technology beneath our skin is another matter. 

Watch here as he shows what happens and read a Report from local Swedish newspaper by another recipient of the chip