Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists
By Ahmed Banafa
An x-ray showing a Walletmor RFID chip injected into a person’s hand after a local anesthetic. The company’s literature on its website says: “Forget about the cash, card, and SmartPay solutions. Since now you can pay directly with your hand. Get your Walletmor payment implant now and make a step into the future.” Image courtesy of Walletmor.
In 2021, a British/Polish firm known as Walletmor announced that it had become the first company to sell implantable payment microchips to everyday consumers. While the first microchip was implanted into a human way back in 1998, says the BBC News—so long ago it might as well be the Dark Ages in the world of computing—it is only recently that the technology has become commercially available (Latham 2022). People arevoluntarily having these chips—technically known as “radio frequency identification chips” (RFIDs)—injected under their skin, because…
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