Treating humans like pets

Published Apr 20, 2017 at 4:00pm

It’s creepy enough, when you think about it, that we casually inject microchips into our pets so they can be tracked by a computer scanner. Certainly, we’d never think of treating humans that way. Would we?

In Sweden, employees at Epicenter, a high-tech startup hub, are opting to be injected with microchips so they can avoid the hassle of pulling out their swipe cards whenever they want to enter a facility or use a printer. Now they just wave a hand, and the scanner does the rest.

The microchips, the size of grains of rice, can even be used to buy smoothies. Outrageous, perhaps. But considering how thoroughly millions of humans have handed over their brains to smartphones, humanity already is skiing fast down that slippery cyborg slope.