The cyberpunk era is approaching, and microchips are its heralds! These integrated circuits have been around for decades now, as farmers use them to track and identify animals. However, when it comes to human microchip implants, the burning questions arise: Is it safe? Is it ethical? Is it legal at all?
You may be surprised, but nowadays thousands of people are walking around with small chips embedded into their palms. The future is here, so let’s figure out how it can serve our needs.
Understanding the Case
According to Wikipedia, a human microchip implant is a tiny shelled device embedded into the body. These transmitter/responder devices store unique ID details or other sensitive data, and can interact with external computers such as transport or banking terminals, IoT devices, etc.
It might seem alarming, but think again. Body-inserted devices are way more widespread as they are often used in healthcare. Pacemakers, nerve stimulators, IUDs, artificial limbs, integrated hearing aids, even brain-computer interfaces – a lot of people are able to interact with the world thanks to this innovation.
Human Microchipping Reality
Today, microchips are no longer associated with sci-fi novels. The millimeter-sized gear is installed in your palm to turn it into a next-gen controller. Chips may cost you from $30 to $340, and are readily available thanks to biohacking firms. But, are they really so widespread?
- The UK. As of 2018, BioTeq produced 150 human microchip implants. They are used to access offices and cars or to store medical data. Big firms also consider microchipping their employees to manage their work efficiently.
- The USA. Patrick McMullan and his Three Square Market work on advanced RFID chips, which provide for higher security (for managing sensitive data) and accuracy (for pacemakers).
- Sweden. The stats show that more than 4000 people in Sweden have already implanted microchips in their bodies. They use Biohax chips as unique passcodes or signatures to pay in shops and even travel with Swedish railways SJ.
- Germany. Thousands of citizens use chips created by I am ROBOT as alternatives to their credit cards, keys, and data storages. Ultimately, these devices can be used to facilitate any task related to regular activity.
The society grows suspicious about such implants as they can potentially track everything you do and leak this data. Physicians have doubts about the safety of human microchipping, while large enterprises are getting increasingly interested in the devices and consider using them for employees.
Pros and Cons of Human Microchipping
Still, it’s clear that microchips are here to stay, so it’s high time to understand how they can help us and what aspects to be aware of.
- Simple routine tasks. You can use a chip as a wallet, keys, controllers for various home devices, and so on. Nobody can steal it.
- Smooth identification. Packed with all necessary ID info, a microchip is your passport, driver’s license, transport ticket, and even a signature for your gun.
- Accessible medical records. Chips with unique codes grant access to medical databases, which accurately store all your health records.
- Potential health threats. Integrated circuits can harm your health in tons of ways – migrations of chips inside bodies, electrical hazards, MRI scans, and even cancer.
- Constant oversight. You never actually know who can access your chip data and track it. GPS modules, for example, make it easy to find you even in the most crowded city.
- Hacks. Finally, chips are hardware devices based on protocols, which can be hacked.
The Impact on Gamblers
Surprisingly, human microchips can facilitate gambling activities greatly. Read on to reveal how these high-tech devices help casino visitors and even online gamblers.
1. Interact with Casinos Easily
Although microchips are widely used for casino tokens, they are still new for casino visitors. Human chips will make the casino-player interaction more innovative. For instance, you will be able to use gestures to play games or communicate with real/virtual dealers. As well, it will be much easier to access casino accounts as microchips store all key login data.
2. Make Instant Purchases
Both offline and online casinos should benefit from microchipped gamblers because they will get another simple option to spend money. As microchips replace cash and credit cards, people could spend more money on gambling, because they would have no control over money flow. Although it might look as the best-case scenario for casino operators, gamblers can also benefit from innovation if they play responsibly. Microchips would allow for smooth transactions in no time.
3. Keep Your Data Safe
Last but not least, chips could become a valid alternative for other types of identification. With them, you can stop worrying about losing your ID card or leaking passwords to fraudsters. Most likely, the hackers of tomorrow will find new ways to break into chips’ protection systems, but it would be more difficult.
The Future Is Now
Microchips are here to stay. Probably, only a portion of people from Generation Z will have chips in their bodies in the near future, but their kids will certainly be implanted with such devices. With the increasing awareness and demand, more individuals will be reaping the benefits of small integrated circuits, just like the previous generations are getting used to computers, smartphones, and wearables. We can expect that microchips will penetrate into our daily life unless they are replaced with even more innovative stuff.
While the reviewed tech is wonderful and useful for various sectors, it’s vital to remember about safety. We mean both physical health and cybersecurity. Body-integrated chips are quite unusual now and the industry lacks general standards. The future is here, but it’s up to you to decide whether this future is appropriate.
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