Microchips in humans: consumer-friendly app, or new frontier in surveillance?

By Ahmed Banafa | September 8, 2022

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.

Microchips in humans: consumer-friendly app, or new frontier in surveillance?

By Ahmed Banafa | September 8, 2022



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