The reaction of the cashiers is priceless when Patrick Paumen will have to pay the restaurant bill or complete the purchase at the supermarket. The man, a security guard living in the Netherlands, in fact does not use credit or debit cards, not even the most modern digital payment methods via smartphone. In fact, the 37-year-old has started using his but no in front TPV.
The story of biohacker Patrick Paumen, with 32 microchips under his skin and fingers
In 2019 the man had one microchip for contactless payments, slightly larger than a grain of rice, under the skin. When he has to pay something, he does so by bringing his left hand close to the terminals, lighting a small LED that warns of the success of the operation.
The payment microchip uses technology Nfcacronym of Near field communicationor proximity communication, the same as that used by smartphones for both banking and reading, for example, the electronic ID, which we are talking about here.
Nor is it the only device in the body of the biohacker – a term that identifies all people who try to change their body and functioning through radical and unnatural changes in habits, diet, way of thinking and acting, perhaps using new technologies and modifying the appearance and functioning of the body.
Patrick Paumen has, in fact, in everything, 32 facilitiesincluding the gods magnets implanted in the fingers and the gods sensors which allow you to open and close doors and interact with home automation devices in your home. And he’s not the only one. At least 500 subcutaneous microchips have already been sold in the UK alone. The technology dates back to 1998, but has only become commercially available in the last decade.
What are the risks of having a microchip under your skin for health and privacy
The idea of having a sensor implanted under the skin could scare many, although a 2021 survey found that the 51% of Europeans would undergo an operation to use these technologies. But what are the risks of having a subcutaneous microchip?
It should be noted that those currently being implemented have received the approval of the entities regulators. They are safe, work immediately after the small operation, which does not require special precautions, and remain in the place of implantation without disturbing the host: they are very small and have an irrelevant weight.
Those who oppose technology biohacking are afraid of becoming more vulnerable data theft or even to attacks external to one’s own Health. However, we need to know that the technologies used are exactly those contained in smartphones and other devices that accompany us throughout the day.
In addition, the field of action is A lot limited, and does not allow user tracking. Both NFC microchips and RFID, which means radio frequency identification, allow you to recognize, confirm, and store information at close range. What happens when a product’s barcode is triggered or when credit cards are used, which will soon cease to have a magnetic stripe, as anticipated here.
With progress, they could also begin to be contained within microprocessors information sensitive and the possibility of tracking it could be introduced position. This will require continuing to regulate the market and set limits on producers and the services offered by companies, in order to avoid a Far West with the consequent problems of privacy and security.
Why implant a microchip under the skin? Who can help
There are people who could benefit from the use of subcutaneous microchips, which are not a mere whim of technology and science fiction enthusiasts. Patients with disability thanks to these simple devices, for example, they can open doors or windows, easily interact with smart technology despite speech disorders or difficulty walking.
New advances in these technologies could make a difference not only to biohackers, but also to all those people who need constant assistance today. And that microchips, despite possible leaks of personal data in the worst case scenario, will make tomorrow more free and independent. As Elon Musk has also speculated with his brain microchip of what we told you here.