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A Swedish start-up injects chip in employees for convenience

A Swedish start-up injects chip in employees for convenienceā€

The microchips, which are implanted in the hands of employees and startup members, function as swipe cards.

Sweden's technological hub, Epicenter, has implanted 150 of their workers a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) chip inside the flesh of their hand between the thumb and forefinger. The technology is nothing new, as these chips are now used in pets' virtual collar plates.

What the implant does, said Mesterton is replaces a number of things such as keys and credit cards.

Employees at a digital startup hub in Stockholm, Sweden, are volunteering to get implanted with a microchip, allowing them to easily open doors, operate printers and buy food with the wave of a hand.

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Unlike smartphones or swipe cards used by companies, which generate that same type of data, a person can not separate themselves easily from their chip.

"Of course, putting things into your body is quite a big step to do and it was even for me at first", news agency AP quotes Mesterton, remembering how he initially had had doubts.

"But then on the other hand, I mean, people have been implanting things into their body, like pacemakers and stuff to control your heart, " he said.

The tiny implant uses technology known as Near Field Communication or NFC, which is the same as in many credit cards or mobile handset payments.

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One microbiologist said that huge amounts of information could be gained by hackers from the embedded microchips. Implanted RFID microchips are passive, which means it can save the data that other device can read but not on their own data.

While having a microchip inserted into your body is going to sound foreign, there are many who are already content on this being a normal part of our future.

"People ask me; 'Are you chipped?' and I say; 'Yes, why not, "' said Fredric Kaijser, 47, the chief experience officer at Epicenter.

"Conceptually you could get data about your health, you could get data about your whereabouts, how often you're working, how long you're working, if you're taking toilet breaks and things like that". The process barely lasts for a few seconds with hardly any screams or barely a drop of blood. The company even hosts monthly events where participants can get the implants for free, as well as parties to celebrate those who got implanted.

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