Yes, the idea of receiving scannable implants in the body for the collection and transmission of information is terrifying of itself, but it’s the peer-pressuring described in this James Brooks AP article that’s truly unsettling:
The [Swedish startup company, Epicenter,] offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.
The injections have become so popular that workers at Epicenter hold parties for those willing to get implanted. …
The implants have become so popular that Epicenter workers stage monthly events where attendees have the option of being “chipped” for free.
Encouragement parties. Coworkers prying into your business — almost literally under your skin — to ask “Are you chipped?”
Go ahead. Everybody else is doing it. Don’t worry that it can be read some distance from your body and that you’d need to cut open your skin to take it out and perhaps face the inverse peer pressure for being a troglodyte and apostate who has become “unchipped.” You can trust that the company won’t collect any creepy information, or anything.
What else does “the future” that these chipped folks talk about hold in store?