Human microchipping has always been a following aloof for those crazy guinea pig types aflame for the dystopian future anybody else is dreading. As it turns out, 2017 seems to be the year humans accede to having rice sized chips built-in in their hands. And “What for?” you may ask. To get into a tech anniversary of course…

Pause Fest is a technology and ability anniversary held in Melbourne, Australia. As part of the launch for next years festival, 10 (deranged) VIP ticket holders volunteered to have Near Field Communication (NFC) chips built-in into their hands.

While commercially accessible microchips are still in early stages and can only store a bound amount of information, that didn’t stop the human experiment. Similar to the activity of accepting a acute or having a drip inserted, volunteers agreeably had NFC chips built-in amid their thumbs and forefingers.webrok

Before insertion, chips were preloaded with three-day-passes to next year’s Pause Fest held in February. They were also programmed to unlock doors to the volunteer’s houses, gyms, workplaces and even action as public carriage tickets.

Over the next four months, volunteers will go about their daily business, using the chips for simple tasks as mentioned above. Then, during February’s festival, participants will be part of a panel alongside insertable technology expert, Kayla Heffernan to talk about whether the chips are absolutely useful.

Heffernan is currently adventure a Ph.D. into the applications of insertable technology. She now has two chips built-in in her hand; one to access her home and the other for her office. The chip enthusiast is aflame about the accessible applications for the future:

If you could use it for everywhere, so work, home, gym and only need one chip, that kind of gives people more allurement to get one. Payments are the killer application. As soon as you can pay with it, more and more people will go ahead and get these.

While it’s true commercially accessible microchips are almost controllable and could make life easier by accepting rid of keys and wallets, we all know how fast technology evolves. Let’s just say it’s not hard to brainstorm what could go wrong in the future. 

The good news is that we aren’t going to turn any guests into cyborgs to access the next TNW conference. The bad news though, is that a dystopian future is fast abutting and human’s alertness to participate is more than unnerving.