The obvious argument for using a subdermal microchip wallet is that there is no way anyone can find it, rob you of your money, and make an untraceable transaction so your Bitcoins can disappear.
The idea, which you probably have seen already in Bourne Identity, is simple and effective, less painful than getting an IV, and has huge potential. It can be done at a local piercing/tattoo parlor and basically goes like this: within a small capsule are your encrypted keys, and only you know where they are.
At some point, if you have watched enough detective movies, you may have tried hiding your keys in your socks when you go on an evening run in a dangerous neighborhood: if someone dangerous robs you, you pretend you don’t have your keys with you – and hope they don’t look in your socks. Well, the concept works, and so now that the future is here it goes a step further: hide your keys somewhere under your skin no-one will ever think to look.
The cons are many. You will be asked if you want the government to be tracking you at all times, whether you think God wanted you to mess with the divine design, and what about the risk of an infection? There was a wave of dismay in certain circles as news spread that Americans have started accepting microchip implants willingly (what a bold move!), but if you take your safety seriously, the chances are that pros massively outweigh the cons.
How does it work?
Of course, it is kind of an unorthodox concept, the risk of infection notwithstanding, but it has been done, by someone other that Borne, a Dutchman Martijn Wismeijer, who happily had an implant done for increased security – and the only thing he regrets now is that he didn’t do it earlier.
The chip allows the human to connect to The Matrix by simply placing the part of the body with the chip in front of the reader – and you’ve been green-lighted. Martiin states for the record:
“I can safely say most of the bitcoin, more than 80 percent, I have lost due to hacks, thefts, exchanges gone bad and other problems. If I would’ve had the chip in 2010, I’d probably be a rich man by now.”
The tech is already here, and if you know enough about IT and have enough resolve, you can start working and implementing the design straight away. All you need for inspiration is a video by these cheerful guys who are looking more like the Terminator by the minute by implanting the tech into the living tissue, thus vastly expanding their possibilities.
The advantages of chips like these are many:
All you have to do is specify the amount, swipe, hold still, and refresh your account page. No endless security checks. No stress. No complications. You could cut your work time down massively – and spend more time doing things you enjoy and less time on formalities. If this isn’t the recipe for a happy life, we don’t know what is.
This is something that wasn’t covered in The Verge’s Anatomy of a Hack: besides from the fact that you can’t really lose a chip like that, if you don’t advertise this too much, no thief will be able to find the keys, meaning the data will be safe no matter what happens. Of course, you could plant it somewhere no-one willl dare look if you’re really desperate about keeping your crypto safe – but we hope you do it all within reason.
A variety of possibilities
The chips can hold all kinds of data, meaning possibly in the future booking a plane seat will be as easy as making a Bitcoin payment – in just one friendly hand wave. Imagine how much red tape you could make disappear from your life – for good. And you could implant it into one of the inhabitants of your aquarium for added security if you’re into fish and chips.
Chips can be your last resort in something really dreadful happens. As in, in case something happens, the medics can retrieve the data from the chip (and possibly get the payment for their services in countries where healthcare is not free).
That will also provide you with a backup plan if you get stranded with no money. With the crypto-associated crime on the rise in the last few years, it is possible that you become a target for a thief, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be a blunt head-on attack. Sometimes you come back home with a beautiful stranger and wake up many hours later with a strong headache and find out all your valuables are missing because someone spiked your drink. Well, no more!
No getting lost
The concept has been used before, but still: if it sounds controversial, think of Agent 007 and let someone implant a chip with a GPS tracker in you in case you get lost and someone has to go get you.
In case something happens, the rescue party, instead of combing through a forest with the help of the local police team and a dozen of madly barking dogs and feverishly dancing flashlights for weeks, will only need to follow the navigator in their car to find you.
The only downside, really, is whether you want a third party to always know where you are and have access to all your data via a satellite or any other means of digital communication. Still, if that is the case you might as well get rid of your phone and the PC too. Are subdermal chip wallets the way of the future? We certainly think they hold a lot of potential. Of course, ultimately whether you decide to use them or not is up to you.
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