The Electronic World Is Now At The Tip Of Your Finger

Advanced technology is taking a futuristic turn by using microchips to store credit cards and personal information.


Photo by Isabella Scuteri

Advancement in technology always comes with a catch - how many would sacrifice privacy for convenience.

Technology is becoming more advanced and futuristic, and improvements are constantly being made to see how far we can go. 

The question is, what is too far?

In Sweden, the government is trying to get rid of all paper money. People thought it would be easy to accomplish this task: just use cards that are plastic. However, this is not the case as around 4,000 people in Sweden agreed to get a chip the size of a grain of rice embedded in their hand.

“I don’t think I would do this,” said senior Max Kreamer. “It just seems so unnecessary, carrying around credit cards is not a difficult task.”

This microchip will allow for information such as credit cards, train tickets, and ID cards to be stored on it.

To enter your apartment building, simply wave the part of your hand with the microchip over a sensor and you’re in. It’s that easy.

Personally, I would not agree to get a microchip in my hand for many reasons. Hacking is at an all time high and having all of my information stored in the palm of my hand would make it easier for hackers. Even though Swedes who have the chip are not concerned with being hacked, I still find it risky.

The chip is inserted through the top of your hand and is located between the thumb and pointer finger with a huge needle. The idea of having a microchip permanently put into my body with a thick, long needle sounds terrifying.

This advancement is a form of biohacking – the modification of human bodies and technology – and began when people started relying on wearable technology such as Apple watches and Fitibits.

Introduced to the country in 2015, the microchips seem to be a hit. Even though long term effects are unknown, I don’t think people will stop getting them any time soon.