I took two deep breaths, then a tattooed piercer called Andy stabbed me in the fleshy part of my hand between the forefinger and thumb, injecting a tiny microchip encased in a glass capsule the size of a large grain of rice. And so I became the world’s lamest cyborg.
The radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip, once registered, allows me to open doors, unlock computers and pay for items – provided those systems use the right software and have dedicated contactless chip readers.
For now, that means that I can buy a KitKat from a vending machine in the canteen of a company called Three Square Market, based on the outskirts of River Falls, Wisconsin. The company, which provides self-service “micro-markets” to businesses around the world, became the first in the US to offer these implants to all of its employees and a handful of journalists at a “chip party” this week.
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Some say this is "the mark of the beast" which is mentioned in the Book of Revelation, especially because it relates to buying and selling:
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Revelation 13:16-17 KJV
I tend to agree, but I personally prefer the following explanation of what the mark may be:
Beware - too few people are paying attention to this concept and the threat it represents. DO NOT TAKE THE MARK ... whatever it is. In the best case, it represents your surrender to an authoritarian fascist government. In the worst case, it represents one of the ultimate rebellions to G-d and His laws.