4 October 2016
Until early this year, America looked set to become the first country in the world to microchip its citizens. NBC news had predicted that Americans could be micro-chipped by 2017.
This prediction will not come true as Australia has already beaten America to micro-chipping of human beings.
Australia’s plan which started in 2010 when CBS news reported that the Australian government had a potential Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) micro-chipping plan has now come to realisation.
The country’s premier media outlet, news.com.au, reported the development under the headline: ‘Australians embracing super-human microchip technology’.
The report stated that: it may sound like sci-fi, but hundreds of Australians are turning themselves into super-humans who can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computers with a wave of the hand.
One Australian who is at the forefront of the development is Shanti Korporaal, of Sydney. Shanti, 27, already has two implants inserted under her skin.
With the implants inserted, she can get to work and into her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards.
In an interview with news.com.au, Shanti spoke of the benefits of having the implants.
She said: “You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs. It’s the same technology as Paypass, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pay for things with it.”
The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer contact details to smartphones, and hold complex medical data.