• Radio frequency ID chip implant Radio frequency ID chip implant, © Technisches Museum Wien
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beginning in 2000

Radio frequency ID chip implant


For some it’s a step towards a wonderful cyborg future; for others, it’s a step down the road of dehumanisation. Alternatively, it’s just a chip that’s implanted between your index finger and thumb so you can lock and unlock electronic devices without a key or password.

A hypodermic needle is used to implant a 12 mm chip, 2 mm in diameter, under the skin between your thumb and index finger. With the aid of near field communication (NFC), door locks, PCs, smartphones, etc., can all be locked and unlocked, cars started, or payments made at tills. The chip is fitted inside a glass capsule.

Unlike WiFi or Bluetooth, near field communication (or NFC) allows data to be exchanged over very short distances only. The transmitter and receiver must almost touch each other, which greatly increases the security aspect, and that is why this technology is also suitable for applications that involve highly sensitive data (passwords, payments). The power is supplied by induction via electromagnetic waves.

Various sets are on offer. This one here is sold with the chip already inserted into the cannula. It is then injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle.
Amal Graafstra launched his ‘bio-hacking’ chip onto the market through his company Dangerous Things, which was financed by Kickstarter.

The term ‘bio-hacking’ refers to interventions into biological processes by amateur biologists based on hacker ethics. Bio-hackers experiment with living organisms and genetic data. Bio-hackers are also referred to as activists who carry out transhuman modifications on themselves and/or others by implanting computer chips into the human body.

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