Microchips implanted into one’s body is considered to make everyday life convenient and they open a perspective to replace traditional keys, cards, IDs, and even train tickets with a microchip.

Despite how futuristic this information sounds, in 2018 Business Insider published another article with an attached video from AFP showing that state-owned SJ, national Swedish railway started scanning the hands of passengers with biometric chips to collect their train fare.

Moreover, the article described implant parties organised since 2014 by Swedish biohacking group Bionyfiken. Implant parties are the sort of gatherings where people can willingly get a microchip plugged.

To illustrate the importance of microchips in Sweden, it’s worth mentioning the book called ‘The Swedish Chipping Phenomenon’ published by Lund University in 2019.

The author, Moa Petersén mentions that Sweden is a remarkable example of a nation where microchipping was accepted on a social level, and in her publication, we can discover some data on the number of microchips that were inserted between 2014-2018, and Moa Petersén described an event from 2017 covered by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

The source reports that the microchipping in Almedalen was organised by the Swedish state-owned train company Statens Järnvägar (SJ), and the politician Karin Svensson Smith, the then chairman of the government’s traffic committee.

The fact that about 5,500 Swedes have inserted similar microchips into their hands between 2014 and 2018 has attracted significant international attention.

Also, to examine if the statement that thousands of people in Sweden were inserting tiny microchips under their skin was reliable, founders of Chipster, a Swedish company, which specialises in inserting implants were asked if the data was an issue.

One of the co-founders Sina Amoor Pour said that there were about 6000 Swedes in total that have a chip. These were all the people that have been getting a chip since 2014.

However, what Sina Amoor Pour pointed out was the key factor was placing this data in the perspective of time.

The Swedish biohacker explained that an average of 1000 people have been getting chipped per year since 2014, but that also you needed to take into account that this was a lot more prevalent in 2014-2016 since it was a new thing and a lot of media were reporting it and that since then, the rate of people getting a chip had fallen.

This leads to the following determination, although, a statement from Pascale Davies article is true, the headline might be misleading.

It suggests that the trend is increasing lately, which according to Sina Amoor Pour above-mentioned statement it been slowly declining since 2016.

To sum it up, if you examine that statement. Thousands of Swedish have microchips inserted under their skin, which is true and there are about 6000 Swedish who have been chipped. Nevertheless, it’s not a new trend and reached its peak in years 2014-2016.

Technology continues to get closer and closer to our bodies, from the phones in our pockets to the smartwatches on our wrists, and now for some people, it’s getting under their skin.

Sweden is a country that’s rich with technological advancement with thousands of people having microchips inserted into their hands.

Supporters of the tiny chips say they’re safe and largely protected from hacking, but one scientist raised privacy concerns around the kind of personal health data that might be stored on the devices.

About the size of a grain of rice, the chips are generally inserted into the skin just above each user’s thumb, using a needle comparable to that used for giving vaccinations. The procedure costs around £133.

Many Swedes were lining up to get the microchips, but the country’s main chipping company said it couldn’t keep up with the number of requests, and more than 4000 Swedes have embraced the technology, with one company, Biohax International, dominating the market.

Published by Angela Lloyd

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