Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

New York Post – by Lee Brown

Thousands of people in Sweden are having futuristic microchips implanted into their skin to carry out everyday activities and replace credit cards and cash.

More than 4,000 people have already had the sci-fi-ish chips, about the size of a grain of rice, inserted into their hands — with the pioneers predicting millions will soon join them as they hope to take it global. 

“It’s very ‘Black Mirror,’” Swedish scientist Ben Libberton told The Post of the similarity to the TV series highlighting futuristic scenarios.

Like glorified smartwatches, the chips help Swedes monitor their health and even replace keycards to allow them to enter offices and buildings.

They have particularly caught on, however, by enabling owners to pay in stores with a simple swipe of the hand, a big deal in a forward-looking country that is moving toward eliminating cash.

The microchips were pioneered by former body piercer Jowan Österlund, who calls the technology a “moonshot” — and who told Fortune magazine that he’s been hit up by hopeful investors “on every continent except Antarctica.”

“Tech will move into the body,” the Biohax International founder told the mag. “I am sure of that.”

Österlund insists the technology is safe — but that has not stopped alarm bells from ringing, with some fearing a link to a doubling in cybercrime in the country over the last decade.

Libberton, a British scientist based in Sweden, praised the “definitely exciting” potential health benefits of accurate health metrics taken from inside the body.

“Think if the Apple Watch could measure things like blood glucose,” he told The Post.

But he also fears the mass of highly personalized data and how it could be used.

“The problem is, who owns this data?” he asked. “Do I get a letter from my insurance company saying premiums are going up before I know I’m ill? If I use the chip to buy lunch, go to the gym and go to work, will someone have all of this info about me? Is this stored and is it safe?”

Libberton added, “It’s not just about the chip, but integration with other systems and data sharing.”

And he fears Swedes are not giving enough thought to the potential dangers.

“People have shown they’re happy to give up privacy for convenience,” he said. “The chip is very convenient, so could we accept our data being shared very widely before we know the risks?”

The trend coincides with Sweden’s march toward going cashless, with notes and coins making up just 1 percent of Sweden’s economy. At the same time, the country has seen a dramatic decrease in some crimes — with just two bank robberies last year compared to 110 in 2008.


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5 Responses to Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

  1. galen says:

    A very devastating headline and story. I knew it was happening, but not in such a major way. To think that others of our human family have fallen to this level of compliance is sickening and saddening, not to mention severely concerning. This is a surrendering of so much of ourselves, well, their selves, to the dark agenda of control. Some say the chip is the mark of the beast, whatever it is, it is BEASTLY and horrible.



    • Martist says:

      Yes, it is so very sad. They’ve tolerated forced integration/immigration much like we have, and now they’ll suffer another blow against their individual sovereignty by submitting to totalitarianism. They’re stacking the deck against THEMSELVES for the future and will ultimately seal their own fate unless they’re ready to come out a’screaming holy hell to loose their chains. The gloves need to come OFF and make these mf’s BLEED if they are going to survive. If they don’t have the will or fortitude to do so, barbara sphincter will have her wish fulfilled, and they’ll survive, but they will NOT truly live. That will NOT be US. Not me, anyway, and certainly not any Trenchers. Serenity prayer inserted here. ..we can change this for US.

      • galen says:

        Seems the whole world is buzzin’ with the same challenges, the same stresses, the same disgust. It can’t hold much longer. 7 billion pissed off humans are a very big handful.


        • Martist says:

          You’re right and it’s coming to a head. Many are aware of the guilty party and it IS global. It again comes down to individual liberties. They must be fought for individually. Each of us must fight for them for ourselves as no one else is going to do it for us. Fighting as a collective to further the strength of an individual’s freedom is a bizarre concepts in itself, but not unattainable. Nothing socialist/marxist in that statement btw. Wouldn’t DREAM of it!!!!

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