Microchips are miniature integrated circuits that have historically been placed on a semiconductor substrate and placed in a non-separable case. Now they mean both a chip, an integrated microcircuit, a microcircuit, and another microelectronic device. Semiconductor chips for chips are performed on a single semiconductor chip (most often silicon).
Instead of a card, key and pass
NFC chips and contactless payment systems are so common today that sooner or later it should have happened – simplifying the devices themselves to the size of a chip in their hand. So, the leadership of the Swedish company Epicenter recently began to implant chips in their employees – 150 people agreed to this voluntarily. Epicenter CEO Patrick Mesterton explained that tiny devices replace credit cards, keys, and work permit. The chip also controls the printer and other equipment. The device is implanted with NFC technology (the same as in contactless credit cards) between the thumb and forefinger. You do not need to charge such a chip – previously, scientists noted that due to the need for charging, mass implantation would not begin soon.
But this is Sweden, that to us before it! Meanwhile, in Ukraine, people already live with chips in their bodies. And the heavens have not opened yet. In September 2016, a Kiev resident, Evgeny, at an IT conference in Odessa, voluntarily implanted a sensor under the skin of his left hand, and then several other participants repeated the procedure. As the German scientist Patrick Kramer notes, the device initially contains no information, but a special application allows you to encode it as you please – for managing money, appliances in a house, and so on. For example, a Russian engineer independently sewed a Troika card in his hand to pay for travel in Moscow transport.
What is the danger of chips?
Unless, of course, talk about the possibility of total control over the mind? The main rationale of religious fanatics, why you should give up both chips in your hand, and biometric documents and even an ID-code, is the “number of the beast” set on a person as the mark of the devil. Meanwhile, the chip is just a technical device that is almost impossible to lose or forget at home. But it can be hacked, forged, change the data on it and used for criminal purposes.
For example, three years ago, hackers in Amsterdam were registered at the airport under the names of Elvis Presley and Osama bin Laden, to show that the chip as an identifier may be unreliable.
And in Germany, their “colleagues” published the prints of the prime minister in order to warn the authorities and encourage them to protect their personal data better.
The British hacker sewed a microchip with a virus that spreads to all devices that it comes in contact with (including other chips), thus it is possible to break electronic locks, steal money from credit cards and so on. The craftsman warned that the virus could even affect the operation of pacemakers. So in the case of the introduction of chips in the masses, they must be protected with special encryption.
The second minus of the chip is the restriction of the right to privacy. The personal space of an individual and so gradually narrowed by publicity in social networks and the widespread use of gadgets. The presence of the chip can allow you to track and location, and the physical condition of the owner. And you can use this information not only with good intentions.
The advantages of the implanted technologies are undoubted: all your documents, payment cards and communication devices will always be with you. The disadvantages are also obvious: you yourself become in some way a device that can be hacked, tracked, and even begin to control. But at the beginning of the last century, it was believed that electricity causes cancer, and it has not yet been abandoned, as well as cars, which were then called the safest vehicles. So it is unlikely that someone will stop the development of chips due to religious warnings about the “beast” and hell or fantastic books about technological slavery.