For many years, people have said that implanted microchips are coming. It has been frightening for many people, but others have reassured them that this is the way of the future and that there are many benefits associated with this wearable technology. The cited benefits include health monitoring, access control, and augmented reality. According to CNN, Brian McEvoy, an electronic engineer, has designed an internal compass. The fact is that wearable implanted microchips are already here and they may begin to enter the realm of virtual reality in the near future.
The Development of Microchips in Virtual Reality
It may only seem like a concept seen in the movies, but microchips that inject people into a virtual universe may become a reality. Right now, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley are looking at a brain-machine interface. This could be the first step toward the development of an implantable microchip that injects people into an artificial world. The biggest challenge cited by these scientists is developing a device that could be used for a lifetime. A Matrix-style machine isn’t exactly in the cards, but the university scientists are looking at dust-sized sensors that could be implanted in the brain. It’s a long way off, but the scientists may be on to something.
The Cellphone Chip
Smartphones have revolutionized the telephone. You can do everything with them, including lose them and shatter screens when they’re dropped. Imagine if you had an implant that allowed you to talk on your phone. There’s no more shattering screens, dropping your phone in coffee, or leaving it sitting on the toilet paper dispenser in the restroom.
CNN has a hypothesis that cellphones will be implanted microchips in approximately 75 years. To sum it up, the news agency says that Apple will most likely emerge victorious in the patent war with Google making wearable smartphones in approximately 15 years. The smartphone will most likely be smartglasses that put everything in the field of vision of its wearer. In 25 years, smartphones will be more disposable, with them making a comeback in 50 years as wristbands.
Fast forward 75 years, and a microchip can be installed directly into the brain of the user. They may be thought-controlled, but advertisements could control the behavior of its user. This sounds rather frightening. Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren may have an interesting technological future ahead of them when it comes to microchips and other wearable technologies.
Today, microchips are being used in Swedish workers to help them open doors, open storage lockers, operate printers, and perform other tasks at the wave of their hand. That’s a lot of power to have. These chips are the work of a Stockholm digital hub called Epicenter. This biohacking experiment has shown to be successful, so it is possible that Epicenter could be at the center of advanced microchip development of more futuristic functionality. So far, it is being credited with creating a cyborg workforce. Although the company says that it’s too early in the game to see where the microchip technology is going, it is going to play around with the emerging technology. Epicenter very well could be the one to create augmented reality chips or cellphone chips if Apple and Google don’t develop the technology first. How much technology will literally become a part of us is yet to be seen, but it’s coming.