Microchip Mania: Sweden’s New Biotech Innovation

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Microchip Mania: Sweden’s New Biotech Innovation

Worker holds up a Biohax microchip.

Worker holds up a Biohax microchip.

Source: Ajewole Timmy

Worker holds up a Biohax microchip.

Source: Ajewole Timmy

Source: Ajewole Timmy

Worker holds up a Biohax microchip.

Nathan Yee, Staff Writer and Copy Editor

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Thousands of people in Sweden are making modern technology in other countries look prehistoric as they insert sci-fi looking microchips beneath their skin. 

Yes, you read that right. In 2017, Swedish engineers began working on microchips that can be used for a variety of daily tasks that make people’s lives much, much easier. According to an article published by National Public Radio, the chips allow people to access their homes, offices, and gyms, with a simple swipe of their fingers. The chips also have other built-in features such as paying at cash registers and a variety of other abilities all for a small price of $180.

The tech company that owns these microchips, Biohax International, claims that the chips are both practical and efficient. Biohax’s chips don’t require any source of power and you can barely feel them beneath the skin. Most Swedes claim that the chips are going to be the future method of payment for the average person. 

However, on the other side of the spectrum, people are complaining that the microchips might cause future problems regarding people’s health and safety. Will Reeder, an eighth-grader at McAuliffe asserts, “It might cause some safety issues if something goes wrong.” 

Eighth-grader at McAuliffe and self-proclaimed “techie,” Hayden Vong, also exclaims, “Chips may have certain long term effects because this is biotech we are talking about.”

Despite the many disapproving opinions from the public, Biohax plans to continue manufacturing and implanting the microchips. The booming industry is estimated to make its way into other countries in the near future. In fact, other countries like China have already been working to develop technology very similar to the microchips from Biohax. 

Whether you agree with the work being done at Biohax, or strongly oppose it, no one can deny that the futuristic tech is a sight to behold.