All data in a cylinder under the skin: how people implant chips in themselves and what they are for

What is a microchip implant

This term refers to any electronic device that is implanted

under the skin, both for humans and animals. Typically, this is an RFID identification device. This type of subcutaneous implant usually contains identification information.

The appearance of the implant chips resembles a cylinderfrom lead-free borosilicate glass or biologically neutral glass Schott 8625 based on soda lime. The typical location for the chip is between the index and thumb.

Microchips that can be implanted in both animals and humans, nothave a built-in energy source and are powered by an external electromagnetic field. That is, they are inert until the reader is brought to them - the source of the EM field.

These implants are often referred to as RFID, but under this term there is a very wide range of frequencies, devices, protocols and interfaces. RFID devices are divided into three frequency groups:

  • low-frequency (125 and 134 kHz),
  • high-frequency (13.56 MHz),
  • ultra high frequency (UHF) (800-915 MHz).

Chips for implantation usually belong to the first or second group.

RFID tag shortly after implantation.

Why do people implant chips

  • Medical records

In June 2007, the American MedicalThe association said that “RFID-tagged implantable devices can help identify patients, thereby increasing the safety and efficiency of patient care.

And the chips can also be used to provide secure access to a patient's clinical information. "

In 2016, JAMM Technologies acquired chipassets at VeriTeQ. JAMM's business plan was to partner with companies selling implanted medical devices and use RfID tags to monitor and identify devices.

  • Access and security keys

In 2018, the Danish company BiChip released a new generation microchip implant, which is designed to be read from a distance and connected to the Internet.

The company has released an update for its implant to link it to the Ripple cryptocurrency, allowing it to make payment transactions using a microchip.

  • Sport

In 2017 Mike Miller, CEOWorld Olympic Association, discussed the possibility of using such implants in athletes. The goal was to combat the problems associated with doping.

  • Tracking criminals

In theory, a GPS-enabled chip could enable real-time tracking of people. Such implantable GPS devices are not technically feasible at this time.

However, if widely used in the future, implantable GPS devices could enable authorities to locate missing people or fugitives.

Critics argue that technology can leadto political repression, as governments can use implants to track down and harass human rights defenders, activists, dissidents and political opponents.

Microchip implantation in British doctor Mark Gasson in 2009

Modern use of chips for humans

Chipping has been carried out in Sweden since 2018population. RFID chip microchips can replace all contactless cards, keys and passes that a person needs in everyday life. They are implanted in volunteers, usually between the index and thumb.

The main properties of the built-in RFID chip:

  • small size, comparable to a grain of rice
  • replacement of bank cards, electronic wallets, travel tickets and passes, keys;
  • the inability to steal information about the owner of the chip without contact with the hand into which the microcircuit is implanted;
  • reading the code thanks to a light touch of the hand to the terminal;
  • lack of GPS and inability to track the carrier of the microcircuit;
  • the ability to remove the chip from the hand without consequences for the wearer.

Health hazard

The Associated Press learned that the implantedchips cause cancer in hundreds of laboratory animals. Oncologists have reviewed the agency's research and warned that animal test results do not necessarily correlate with humans. However, the results worried them anyway.

However, microchips are so safe today thatcan be used to mark dogs and cats. The risk of infection is lower if the chip is installed by an experienced piercer with the necessary tools and decontamination procedure.

After installation, aswelling and even bruising that go away after a few days. It takes 2-4 weeks for the chip to be encapsulated with connective collagen tissue, and there may still be temporary itching or squeezing for two years as the body heals around the chip.

Also, according to representatives of Dangerous Things, the chip is not felt under the skin, you can see it only if you put your hand around something large.

If desired, the chip can be easily removed: this must be done strictly in a medical clinic.

Safety of personal data

In 2007, the Ethics and Judicial CouncilThe American Medical Association has published a report that says microchips can violate users' privacy. Since the information contained in the chip may not be properly protected.

Data confidentiality is a concern.However, technology proponents argue that mobile phones, Google, Apple, and Facebook transmit far more data about daily life than an RFID implant.

The theory that someone can be tracked withusing a chip is also not viable, because there is no GPS in the chips. An implantable device with tracking functionality requires a power supply that must be changed and recharged regularly.

And modern chips do not have a battery, so forto read the data, you will have to press your palm against the reader. In addition, the implant itself must be large enough to receive a signal from GPS satellites and transmit positioning data over a cellular network, Wi-Fi or something else.

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