As the fourth industrial revolution continues to change the face of humanity by blurring the lines between biology and technology, a Tesla owner recently implanted two microchips in his left hand to perform simple tasks like unlocking his car and storing personal data and cryptocurrencies.
Brandon Dalaly spoke to California-based publisher Teslarati about his decision to inject himself with biocompatible technological advancements underneath his skin — much like how a veterinarian inserts the technological advancement into a dog.
Dalaly said among unlocking his car and storing personal information, the chips that can display a green light underneath the skin’s surface also grant access control to his home, portfolio, contact card, and medical information like the ignored COVID-19 vaccine passport.
“The whole idea was that I would have my house key in my left hand and my car key in my right hand,” Dalaly told Teslarati. “And then what’s really cool is when it’s approved, they can wirelessly activate the new chip I just got to do credit card transactions.
“I can link a credit card to it, and I can use it anywhere where there are tap-to-pay terminals,” he added. “You have to be within a few millimeters of the thing, and realistically, hopefully, you’re not just walking through credit card terminals and brushing your hands against them during mid transactions.”
Dalaly said he is part of a beta group of about 100 people with VivoKey Apex, a company with an app store where users can wirelessly install apps inside a human body with such chips. Using a contactless and wireless technology secure element chip that performs transactions and java card applets, Tesla owners — like Dalaly — can install apps that allow them to get in their ride and drive off without ever using a key.
“You just use your hand,” he said.
Implanting chips isn’t necessarily a new concept, as others — foreign and domestic — have already begun adopting such advanced technology that dates back to early-aughts.
About 4,000 Swedish citizens reportedly implanted similar technology nearly five years ago to eliminate the idea of carrying physical identification cards and money.
“Using a chip means that the hyper-connected surroundings that you live in every day can be streamlined,” Jowan Osterlund, founder of Biohax International, a leading chip technology firm, told NPR.
Other chips for different purposes are currently in development, Teslarati reports. One, in particular, that hasn’t hit the U.S. markets yet is a capsule installed underneath the chest that could record someone’s body temperature.
However, for Dalaly, he said the two microchips already implanted are good for now.
“For me, it’s something that made sense at the time,” he said. “It’s kind of like a fun party trick — when you scan one of my chips with your phone, it glows green underneath your skin.”
Dalaly said the niche product has already received a lot of pushback.
He said that the new technology emanating from the scene fueled many conspiracy theories and biblical prophecies.
“People thought that Bill Gates was putting tracking chips in the COVID vaccine,” he said. “It’s funny because these chips can’t track anything.”
“You would need an external power supply to be tracked anywhere — and their phones are tracking them everywhere they go anyway,” he added. “If you go to your Google location history, it shows you step-by-step where you’ve been.”
“And there’s the religious people who have sent me a bunch of weird comments on Facebook about the mark of the beast on the video of my first chip installation.
“There’s something in the Book of Revelation that talks about this mark in your hand or forehead that shows your allegiance to Satan or something like that. I just don’t want to have to worry about forgetting my car keys. I’m not over here worshiping Satan.”
Finally decided to take my phone key issues in to my own hands… literally. Tesla key chip implant. pic.twitter.com/RVK8ZaePoI
— Brandon Dalaly (@BrandonDalaly) August 16, 2022