While it may sound like something off of a dystopian science fiction film, micro-chipping to replace credit cards is actually a thing. Furthermore, this massive technological advancement could one day be a requirement to make purchases in Dubai.
UAE telecoms giant unveiled the injectable microchips at the GITEX Exhibition in the Dubai World Trade Center in 2016. According to them, the device has the capacity to hold all of your credit cards, ID, and business card data inside. It simply requires that you be “bio-hacked” or injected with a foreign device that is embedded in the back of your hand between your thumb and forefinger. This method is achieved by the use of a special syringe.
When explaining the procedure, Hazim Naori, a medical tattoo artist who experience with the implant process stated, “It’s like a piercing, it doesn’t hurt, but it feels a bit uncomfortable for the first day. The bio-hacking improves and enhances your body and will be not just a wearable device, but a device within yourself. You cannot replace or lose it, if you have an accident it’s still with you.”
And according to him while the price of such an implant hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, they expect that it could cost Dhs500 ($100).
Newsweek Middle East reported on the microchip while visiting the GITEX exhibition, and posed a very good question. “Have we really reached that age where everyone will start having implanted chips in their bodies?”
While this notion was once one only belonging to conspiracy theorists, it appears that it is becoming common knowledge. Other nations have already introduced similar technologies and readily embraced them. In Australia, they have introduced Opal which provides you with a unique identification number that is programmed into the chip. According to the Daily Mail, the chips can be used in the same way as a smartphone and store complex data.
Shanti Korporaal from Sydney has even set up a distribution service for the chip implants with her husband which they have named Chip My Life. And apparently, they are gaining popularity in nations extending as far as Sweden, where a firm that offered its employees with the option of having the implant, and over 400 accepted the offer.
Despite Naori and Kororaal’s enthusiasm regarding microchip implanting, other aren’t so convinced. While some think of the microchips as convenient and as the normal progression of smart technology, there is still a very creepy vibe that comes along with a microchip. Furthermore, if the possibility remains for a day and age in which such an implant was required, then wouldn’t that mean that the conspiracy theorists were right all along?