Epicenter, which is a Swedish company has now begun implanting microchips in workers under the guise of convenience. So far, 150 employees have volunteered for the chips that Epicenter claims will have the power to simplify almost every work task.
The chip, which is about the size of a grain of rice can open doors, operate office machinery, and also allow workers to purchase lunch at the company cafe. The injection of the chip has become so popular that when a new employee opts to receive one, the company throws them a party. Patrick Mesterton, the co-founder and CEO of Epicenter stated, “The biggest benefit I think is convenience.”
Epicenter, along with their chief disruption officer, who is also a founder of BioNyfiken, the Swedish Association of Biohackers, conducts the implantation by holding a ‘chip and beer’ or ‘chip and wine’ event following the work day. An outside firm comes in to conduct the procedure, which costs around $150. The procedure is completely voluntary and requires about a pile of paperwork to be completed beforehand.
While the chip mostly allows for the employee to conduct their work more efficiently, it also has other uses. “You can do airline fares with it, you can also go to your local gym … so it basically replaces a lot of things you have other communication devices for, whether it be credit cards, or keys, or things like that.”
When speaking with News.com.au, Mesterton explained two years ago that many of his employees had already taken the chip implant and had begun using it in their everyday life.
“It’s an implant in the hand that enables them to digitize professional information and communicate with devices both personal and within Epicenter. Once ‘chipped’ with this technology, members can interact with the building with a simple swipe of the hand. Chips can also be programmed to hold contact information and talk to smartphone apps,” he said.
According to the Independent, the chips were created by Hannes Sjoblad, a Swedish biohacker that works as the chief disruption officer at Epicenter. He explained that he felt that microchipping during the earlier stages of the chip’s development was vital because he wants to make sure that they “understand this technology before big corporates and big government come to us and say everyone should get chipped.”
So, while the chip is currently still in the beginning stages of development and is being pushed on employees for convenience, according to the creator of the device, there could be a day in which the chip is forced on citizens. Of course, conspiracy theorists have been stating this for years, while receiving dirty looks from everyone else. Now, it appears they may have been right all along.