Swedish office puts chips under staff’s skin

Daily News Article - February 2, 2015


NOTE: Following several Daily News Articles focused on the U.S. government’s use of technology for surveillance/law enforcement/safety, today’s article focuses on a private company’s use of identification technology.

1. How is a new office building in Sweden using RFID chips with employees? (What will users be able to do with the chip?)

2. How did Hannes Sjoblad, “chief disruption officer” at the Swedish Biohacking Group that is running the program, respond to a question about whether he thinks people will really want to participate in chip implantation?

3. What problem did the BBC reporter find with the chip he had had implanted in his hand?

4. In addition to their goal of making life easier for users, what objective does the Swedish Biohacking Group say they have for implanting chips in people?

5. The reporter does not provide details on the number of employees who chose to have a chip implanted. Invasive technology is always promoted as something to make life convenient or done for our safety. Discuss all of the following with a parent and/or a grandparent:

a) List one way you and/or your parents or family have given up privacy in the name of safety or convenience.
b) Would you be willing to have a chip implanted in your hand for convenience?
c) How about for safety? (implanting a chip in a child)?
d) Would gaining certain benefits or discounts cause you to allow a chip to be implanted?
e) If chip implantation became mandatory (not voluntary) for entrance into a public school, college buildings or a place of employment, would you be opposed?
f) Do you think Americans would be less willing to have chips implanted for convenience than Europeans?

Explain each answer.