Are you ready for an implanted NFC airline boarding pass just underneath your skin? What if you could board your flight, check into an airport lounge or check into your hotel all without having any paperwork or physical ID? To some this prospect sounds scary and rife with many privacy pitfalls. But to others it’s just the next step in technological innovation. Andreas Sjöström is one of the latter and he went on a mission to experiment what it would be like to use an NFC chip implanted just under his skin to check into the airport lounge and board an airplane.
While NFC implants or microchip implants on a mass scale are some time away, this is likely the path governments will be taking in the future. This technology raises a huge amount of conversation both for and against it. Of course the biggest argument against the tech is that by having an NFC implant, you are giving governments the ability to track your every move with a transmitter embedded in your body. The conveniences, like boarding planes quickly, are nice, but those who argue against the tech would likely choose inconvenience over being tracked.
It’s a complicated line to walk and one that’s going to take a lot more conversation both at the citizen level and the government level. Currently this tech wouldn’t stand a chance in the U.S. against the millions who would likely oppose it. I’m not certain how other parts of the world like the EU would react to having a chip that could track them 24/7.
What do you think of using NFC or microchip implants to replace things like airplane boarding passes and other lifestyle conveniences? Do you think this tech will be coming sooner than later? Or are we still a ways away from it? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
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