Your vaccine passport could be a rice-sized microchip implanted beneath your skin.
According to a video posted on Twitter by the South China Post on Friday, a Swedish tech startup claims that its device can be customized to display people’s COVID-19 vaccination records.
Anyone who opts for microchip implantation, according to Epicenter in Stockholm, can later change their minds and have the device removed.
“Right now it’s very convenient to have a COVID passport always accessible on your implant,” says Hannes Sjoblad, Epicenter’s chief disruption officer, in the video.
Near-field communication (NFC) is used to send data to devices that can read it, such as smartphones.
According to Fox Business, it’s the same technology that’s used in most contactless credit cards and mobile payments.
These devices can be used for a variety of purposes.
“They can act as a key fob or a form of payment, or they can be programmed to store data, like, for instance, your resume. (All you have to do is hold a smartphone over the chip to program it.),” according to Hour Detroit Magazine. “They’re not dissimilar from the identification chips you’d install in your cat or dog.”
Some people find the technology creepy, dystopian, or even apocalyptic because of its novelty.
The video on Friday elicited a lot of negative and angry responses.
Last year, involuntary microchipping via vaccination was a popular conspiracy theory, according to some.
According to the New York Daily News, “44 percent of Republicans believe Bill Gates is working on a coronavirus vaccine because he wants to implant a microchip in them and monitor their movements.”
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