“A Swedish firm in Stockholm — Epicenter — has offered to inject its staff with microchips for free, and around 150 of the company’s young workforce have so far taken up the offer.
The RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips are roughly the size of a grain of rice, and are implanted using a syringe into the fleshy part of the recipient’s hand.
At the moment the chip gives Epicenter’s workers access to doors and photocopiers, but with the promise that further down the track it will include the ability to pay in the cafe.
Patrick Mesterton, co-founder and chief executive of Epicenter, said the biggest benefit of the script was the convenience.
“It basically simplifies your life,” he said.
“You can do airline fares with it, you can also go to your local gym … So it basically replaces a lot of things you have other communication devices for, whether it be credit cards, or keys, or things like that.””