04-13-17 / 6:25 AM / GET READY TO GET “CHIPPED”?

The Osgood File. This is Charles Osgood.

Do you need a keycard ID to get into the building where you work? I do.

It’s getting so people need to carry a lot of these cards around with us.

But one of these days, all of this information may be reduced to a microchip about the size of a grain of rice, implanted under the skin of one hand.

Some people in Stockholm have already volunteered to have this done, says our CBS News colleague John Blackstone…

VO – John Blackstone, CBS News Correspondent
“In a Stockholm business complex, employees gain access not with keycards, but with the wave of a hand.” (:07)

The story after this…

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Here again is John Blackstone…

VO – John Blackstone
“At a recent tech conference, Hannes Sjoblad explained how a microchip implanted in his hand makes his life easier.” (:06)

NAT – Hannes Sjoblad, chief disruption officer at Epicenter
“This is something that you can use just like a key badge.” (:03)

VO – John Blackstone
“It replaces all the keys and cards that used to clutter his pockets.” (:05)

SOT – Hannes Sjoblad
“I use this many times a day – for example, to unlock my smartphone, to open the door to my office.” (:07)

VO – John Blackstone
“Sjoblad calls himself a ‘biohacker.'” (:03)

SOT – Hannes Sjoblad
“We biohackers, we think that the human body is a good start – but there is certainly room for improvement.” (:05)

Ah, not quite perfect yet, eh?

VO – John Blackstone
“The microchips are Radio Frequency Identification Tags – the same technology widely used in things like keycards. The chips have been implanted in animals for years to help identify lost pets. Now, the technology is moving to humans.” (:14)

And some humans are a little touchy about privacy…

SOT – Ian Shore, executive editor at CNET
“We’re talking about a nonstop potential connection to my body. I can’t turn it off, I can’t put it away, it’s in me. That’s a big problem.” (:06)

VO – John Blackstone
“Even a dedicated biohacker has concerns.” (:03)

SOT – Hannes Sjoblad
“It’s very easy to hack a chip implant – so my advice is don’t put your life secrets on a chip implant.” (:05)

VO – John Blackstone
“But biohackers also predict the next generation of chips will save lives by monitoring health and fitness. For now, ‘being chipped’ means never having to say you’re sorry you forgot your keycard. (:12)

The Osgood File. This is Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network.