The life we live today is so much different from what obtained before the first commercial computer was sold and what it will be in the nearest future is going to change so much about how we live that, apart from today’s ‘millennials’, not many people will be able to blend in with the different technological offerings that will be available. The future is coming, but it’s not in a rush. Our existence is marked by different technological innovations. We live in a world dictated by simple microchips storing billions of data for us. Rather than closing up the future for us, microchips could open up more possibilities
Some people use microchips to unlock their phones or their computers. Some people have modified their cars and one person even their motorbike, so it’s not only access to their house but it has access to their vehicle and to turn it on. Obviously, that requires quite a bit of microelectronics and physical mechanical work, and that’s not accessible for everyone.
Heffernan has had one microchip between her thumb and forefinger for almost 18 months, which she uses to unlock her front door. She got another on the outer edge of her other hand last November to access her office at Melbourne University.
She is doing a PhD on the applications of insertable technology and decided to get a chip after a year spent listening to people wax lyrical about the convenience of never having to carry their keys.
“If I want I can just walk out without any keys, my key is in my hand so I can’t forget it, which is handy because I have locked myself out before,” Heffernan says.
The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and usually inserted in the webbing between the thumb and forefinger using a needle the same thickness as used in body piercing.
It feels, says insertable technology expert Kayla Heffernan, like getting a drip.
Yes, developers are not only working intensely to populate our world with more microchips, we have a more guaranteed measure of security and access to the world around us.