Mark of the Beast? Employers Pushing To Implant Workers with Microchips
Companies in the United Kingdom are now deciding if they will offer implanted security devices to certain employees.
A Swedish company, Biohax, is behind the implants. The company told U.K.’s Telegraph that it is in talks with several employers planning to offer the microchips to staff. The chips are intended to be used as a replacement for other security credentials.
Some believe such implants have a more sinister purpose.
For some fundamentalist Christians, the implants are a serious sign of the end times. A “Dial-the-Truth” web page from the 1990s, at the advent of implantable microchip technology, lists several “prophecy teachers” who were already making connections between the Book of Revelation and the chips.
Digital implants, the thinking goes, could be the “mark of the beast” Revelation describes.
In the Biohax case, however, the link between implants and demonic biblical forces has at least one snag, after taking a minor detail into account.
Images of the implants seem to indicate they can be placed on either hand, while the mark of the beast is specifically mentioned as being in the right hand and the forehead. (Also, the Gospel Coalition reports that widely accepted interpretations of the mark see it as more of a metaphor than an actual physical identifier.)
Jowan Österlund, the founder of Biohax, doesn’t think the technology is satanic. In fact, he’s convinced it’s a game-changer.
Having previously worked in a piercing studio (how else do you transition into injecting people with microchips?), Osterland decided to start the company four years ago, according to Business Insider Nordic.
He also reiterated the importance of security for big companies.
“These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with,” he told the Telegraph.
The chips would allow doors, computers, and entire buildings to be accessed only by people with the proper authorization.
The company’s Twitter feed shows the recreational side of the technology and is full of videos and news reports of people using the implants for everyday activities.
The implants appear to be more popular overseas, as most of the media coverage is from foreign news outlets. This tweet, originally from Yahoo Japan, was retweeted on Biohax’s feed.
“In Sweden, which is said to be a ‘cashless developed country,’ the cash distribution volume is only 1.7%, even banks do not handle cash,” the tweet reads in Japanese, according to a Google translation. “In addition, some people embed chips in hands, substitute cards for riding a train or entering the gym.”
— Yahoo!ニュース (@YahooNewsTopics) August 2, 2018
While seeming like less of a demonic force and more of a creepy accessory — who wants their employer (or the government) to be able to track them like this? — the chips still may pose some risk. Physically injecting a foreign object into the human body comes with its own set of problems as well.
Although the technology has not been around long for humans, it’s existed for generations in the animal world. Dogs Naturally Magazine reports several pet deaths caused by complications at the implant site.
Only time will tell if this technology is more of a boon or a burden to society. Whether this is the mark of the beast or not, one thing is certain: This is not the last we’ll see of this technology.
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