How far does the facilitation of human tasks go, and at what cost? Although the answer to the second part of the question will remain uncertain for some time to come, there are more news stories answering the first part every day: How far will humanity go to stop being properly human?
On this occasion, the face of the technocratic debate that takes center stage is that of brandondaly, an American who underwent a surgery on the back of his hand so he never loses his car keys again.
Not only did he choose to be part of the first humans to have chips inside his system, but he he paid $400 for it. The intervention is minor and quick, and was carried out by VivoKey, a biotech company for digital identity, cryptography and blockchain applications.
Dalaly decided to record it and share it with his followers on Instagram. In the record of the procedure it is seen how a piercer makes a slashed the back of his right hand, and implanted a subdermal microchip. It is understood that the artifact is covered with a biocompatible substance, which prevents damage by being in permanent contact with the skin.
Using near field communication or NFC (Near Field Communication), a short-range, high-frequency wireless communication technology that allows the exchange of data between devices. It is this that makes Apple Pay possible and, in this case, opening the Tesla by approaching the wrist.
“Today it is my Tesla key to open the car, tomorrow it will be my credit card to pay.” Dalaly wrote on his Instagram account, making it clear, for him, that of micro-technological interventions is a one-way street, and having his car keys at hand (literally) is not going to be the last reason. But it wasn’t the first either. the man had already had an implant in his left hand, to have a chip with the keys to his house, and “basic contact information” (vaccination certificate, medical information, and other documents).
“The general idea was that I would have my house key in my left hand and my car key in my right hand.” Dalaly said summarizing his reasons for moving forward with the procedure. “The first chip was a bit smaller, so the procedure wasn’t as intense. This time the device came pre-loaded in a larger syringe. They inserted the needle in a similar way to how they would do a microchip for a dog”, details.
What is clear is that, although he may be one of the first to show off his subdermal chips through the networks, Dalaly is not alone in this mania for tracking and controlling most of the equation of everyday life; and eliminate -if possible- essentially human responsibilities, such as not losing the car keys, or the credit card.
the same Elon Musk -and not surprisingly- he founded in 2016 neurolink, a neurotechnological company specializing in development of implantable brain-computer interfaces, also known as Brain-Machine Interfaces, or BMIs.
According to Musk’s statements, the technology developed in the company seeks, in the long run, to achieve a total symbiosis with artificial intelligence; and is currently in a experimentation phase on live animals, along with the University of California.