Technology has changed your life in so many positive ways. You can communicate with your kids across the country all day, every day for free.
You save money and lots of time doing chores that are so much simpler thanks to tech. Just think about how much time it would take you to drive from store to store for Christmas presents, and how much gasoline you'd burn, when you can sit at home ordering almost all those gifts from Amazon and have them delivered to you in the next two day.
There are lifesaving tech advances, too. A robot might be performing a delicate surgery on your spouse or your smartphone is reminding you take medicine.
Yet, technology can also be a little creepy and unsettling. One of those creepier technological advances is having microchips implanted into your hand, similar to the tracking microchip that you had injected into your dog's neck.
Creepily, people are now having microchips implanted into their bodies. These chips use Near Field Communication (NFC), which is short-range communication that transmits information from you to a reader like a smartphone.
This is similar to the way you use your smartphone to pay for Starbucks or groceries. Your payment information is transmitted from your phone to a scanner that's designed to read that signal.
Unfortunately, we're now talking about having your body serve that purpose with an implanted microchip. In fact, about 4,000 people in Sweden already have rice-sized microchips implants to board trains, pay for concert tickets and a lot more.
Of course, implanting your payment information and other personal information into your body raises a disturbing possibility -- hackers hacking your implanted microchip. One company in Sweden has already had a problem with its microchips.
In that case, train operators who scanned implanted microchips were seeing your LinkedIn profile. That underscores the potential for bigger problems with this technology.
That case is fairly minor. But what if a hacker got access to your credit card credentials?
Microchip implants for commuter posing security risks
The future is here for some commuters who use impanted microchips as their boarding pass. That's more than a bit creepy - it's dangerous.
These devices use Near Field Communication (NFC), which are radio signals that are essentially radio waves traveling from your hand, or wherever you have a microchip implanted, to the device scanning your boarding pass. You can just imagine how easily hackers can intercept your signal to hack into private information.