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A piece of science fiction: when people and technology merge

The use of the RFID chip has so far been low

Because the conclusion about the microtechnology, which costs around eighty euros, is often cautious. Steiner is similarly disillusioned, shaking his head: "If you don't at least take care of the necessary devices and installations that work with the chip at home, you have nothing more than a funny story under your skin and you can never really find applications outside the apartment . "

Its prime example? The advertised door opening function. "First of all, I need a door with a power connection," but the upgrade is expensive. And even unlocking the smartphone via radio signal is more cumbersome than expected and takes so much time that the fingerprint sensor is the much faster alternative.

Even more annoying for the technology freak, however, is the fact that the data of his bank and credit cards cannot be saved on the implant - he could have paid for his purchases without a card using the NFC card reader, which is already available. But: “I would have to illegally hack my own credit card, illegally transfer the data to my chip and then have the problem that I would still have to have my real credit card with me in the shop for security. That makes no sense."

Respect in the environment, crooked looks in the supermarket

So does the biohacker go to the doctor before the eight-year battery expires? “I've already thought about that, but I'm the kind of person who thinks: 'Just when the chip is out there is an application that I want to try out.'” At this thought, the nerdy heart bleeds too much .

In addition, even his wife has now come to terms with the chip. The corners of the blond's mouth jerk up before he admits: “Actually, my wife is the complete opposite of me: no smartphone, no Facebook, no biohacking. But the majority thought it was cool to have a cyborg in the family - even if there is a lot more to it than having a chip under your skin. "

However, it is clear to the 32-year-old that not everyone is so open-minded about technical and human progress: "If I were to pay with my chip at the Aldi checkout tomorrow, the people there would certainly look funny at first." Whether conversations about it then positive results or customers would rather call the police, is difficult to assess.

Chips could save lives in the future

Despite the bumpy start, technology fan Steiner firmly believes in the future of small chips. "If the range of functions increases significantly, they will soon be something of a matter of course like fitness trackers that measure biometric data such as heart rate, blood sugar or oxygen content." A "chipped society" is not to be expected in the near future - even if the small implants are in an emergency could even save lives: “Imagine a chip that stores all of your health data. In the event of an accident in which you cannot be contacted, the rescue team can simply read this out and provide targeted help. "

Steiner's wish list is even longer: Eye implants that allow the user to see at night or a network with the brain that "lets you think super-fast and precisely thanks to the supercomputer" are also available from the early adopter, who is now relocating again with the Shoulders shrug, high on course. “I know: hardcore nerdy! But it is precisely these goals that the biohacking scene has dedicated itself to. "