Swedes Implanting Microchip Vax Passports

Last week the tech start-up Epicenter began injecting its employees with microchips under their skin containing vaccine passports.

QUICK FACTS:
  • video that went viral after it was posted by the South China Morning Post shows a Swedish tech company that has begun to inject its employees with digital passports held on microchips under the skin in their hands and lower arms.
  • The controversial technique includes a chip about the size of a grain of rice being implanted into the hands and arms of participants, according to a report by The Federalist.
  • The company boasts that the chip can send the data to any “compatible device” for a reading of the information contained on the chip.
  • Up until recently, the chips have been used as keycards and security passcards. However, the more recent reports have shown the chips holding everything from standard security passes to debit and credit cards to COVID-19 vaccine passport data.
WHAT THE COMPANY IS SAYING:
  • “Right now it is very convenient to have a COVID passport always accessible on your implant,” the company’s chief disruption officer, Hannes Sjöblad, told the interviewer.
  • Two years ago, Sjöblad told ITV, “I want us, humans, to open up and improve our sensory universe, our cognitive functions. … I want to merge humans with technology and I think it will be awesome.”
BACKGROUND:
  • Microchip implantation has been used for several years, primarily as part of brain stimulation for conditions such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease or even to curb issues such as addiction and depression, according to one National Library of Medicine publication.
  • Analysis shows that only around 160,000 people currently have implanted chip-type devices in the United States. However, the Food and Drug Administration is believed likely to approve a number of devices for use in humans in the near future, AI Med reports.
  • It has been reported that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been involved in research regarding brain-computer interfaces for more than six decades, From The Interface notes.