When it comes to the digital world, it’s no secret that things are changing faster than ever before.
More than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is now being put out onto the Internet every single day, and according to Forbes Magazine over 90 percent of all data in the world was generated in the past two years alone.
We are being inundated with data from all angles, and it’s a growing trend with no signs of stopping.
There is, however, one key place where most people draw the line, and that is on the subject of human microchipping.
Unfortunately for those who prefer living microchip-free, there are plenty of human beings who are willing to go along with this controversial experiment, and the nation of Sweden is ground zero.
Thousands of Swedes Getting Microchipped Under Their Skin, New Report Says
According to a report from the website EuroNews, thousands of people in Sweden have been inserting tiny microchips under the skin —and they’re doing it all in the name of convenience.
The microchips allow citizens the “freedom” of not having to carry things like ID cards, gym passes, and keycards in order to gain access to their places of employment.
In total about 3,000 Swedes have opted to take the microchip, according to a report from AFP.
The chips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted in the back of the hand with a syringe, the EuroNews report said. But they aren’t without their risks, to say the very least.
Data Breaching, Cancer Questions Among Top RFID Concerns
While the chips may be small, they may bring several risks to the table that are not being properly discussed in mainstream society or media reports that continue to push them for their benefits.
The EuroNews article reminds readers that data breaches could be a serious issue, for one (hello, identity theft).
“If the data is not secure, someone can get your information and once it’s out there, it’s hard to get back,” said Ben Libberton, a microbiologist working for MAX IV Laboratory, to Euronews.
Those who sign the documents may also be giving their data away to corporations and/or governments as well.
Despite that, the movement continues to grow in Sweden, where some companies have even had “microchip parties” during which the chips are administered under their skin.
A similar party has happened in Wisconsin as well.
Health Risks of RFID Chips (Including Cancer?) Are Being Ignored
The microchip business is a potentially lucrative one, but at what cost are we turning over the sovereignty of our bodies and personal information?
According to a long-forgotten report from NBC News, the chips may also come with an increased risk of cancer as evidenced by studies on laboratory animals.
But you won’t hear that in the mainstream media as companies jump on the bandwagon and the RFID industry gets into full swing.
Whether or not these chips take off and become commonplace, or simply another distraction, remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure — at the end of the day, the choice will come down to the decisions of each individual user as to whether people will accept them or not.
And it’s something worth watching as the Information Age continues to evolve at a frightening pace, without a proper system of checks and balances in place to keep us safe.
Would you ever accept a microchip in your body if it meant an increased amount of convenience in the digital world? Let us know in the comments section below.
You can also read an award-winning book on the subject called ‘Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Purchase and Watc h Your Every Move’.