In the age of COVID, things that seem to be wild conspiracy theories one day can be accepted as “the way things are” the next. A tech company is now announcing the development of a microchip designed to be implanted under a person’s skin that can be scanned anywhere as a form of COVID-19 vaccine passport.
The Swedish tech firm Epicenter has been working for years on implantable chips smaller than grains of rice that can interact with external electronics to open security doors, make payments with a credit card account, and similar features. Around 6,000 people in the UK have reportedly had a microchip implanted in their hands.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Epicenter has been developing a chip that can be inserted into the human body to serve as an instant vaccine passport. According to reports, the company intends to emphasize the versatility of its implantable technology. The chips use Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology to communicate with NFC-enabled hardware, including smartphones.
Hannes Sjoblad has the title of “Chief Disruption Officer” with Epicenter. He demonstrated the capabilities of the company’s microchips in a recent video.
Sjoblad told reporters last week that the company’s implants are highly versatile and can be easily adapted to serve as COVID vaccine passports. He emphasized that if a person’s phone runs out of battery or is lost, the chip is “always accessible.” He also pointed out that while microchip technology might be limited to specific uses today, later on, it will always be available for “something else.”
Many to a microchip-based vaccine passport has been less than welcoming. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) asked, “Remember when this was a conspiracy?” Radio host Jesse Lee Peterson said he “can’t wait to become a robot!”
Tech entrepreneur and writer Bryan Sharpe were more direct in describing an implantable microchip as the “Mark of the Beast.”
Young Americans for Liberty posted a tweet showing the progression from “just 6 feet” to “just a mask,” “just a lockdown,” “just a vaccine mandate,” to a compulsory implanted microchip.