By Abraham Jonah, Middle East
WED, NOVEMBER 2 2016-It might sound like a shaggy dog story, but the times are here when people may require the ‘mark’ to be have access to things or face ‘it’.
Many investors, job seekers, residents, tourists, business people and those who visit Dubai for a myriad of reasons like Dubai in the recent past as it does not seem to take drag behind in most developments across sectors and innovations. A lot of inventions are being introduced by the day.
In the same light of being ahead of pace, all nationalities resident in Dubai and across the entire United Arab Emirates (UAE) may soon be required to have a ‘mark’ and microchip that will be implanted in their hand, before they can be allowed to pay for goods and services, as made known at recent 2016 GITEX Exhibition in the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Officials of the UAE telecoms giant unveiling the new injectable microchips confirms that (for the first time in the Middle East) the device has the capacity to store all your credit card, ID and business card data inside.
The technique is called bio-hacking, where an alien device is embedded on the back of the hand between the thumb and forefinger using a special syringe.
A medical tattoo artist Hazim Naori, told newsmen in Dubai that:
“We clean the skin with sanitizer and after this we put the ‘marks’ exactly ‘where we want’ to pierce it”.
“We insert the needle under the skin with a part of the need that pushes it in, and that’s where it settles and it needs a week or two to heal.”
Naori performed the implant for the first time on October 7 on George Held, from Etisalat’s Innovation team.
“It’s like a piercing, it doesn’t hurt, but it feels a bit uncomfortable for the first day. The bio-hacking improves and enhances your body and will be not just a wearable device, but a device within yourself. You cannot replace or lose it, if you have an accident it’s still with you.” He said, while speaking about the implantation.
Envisaging mixed feelings and possible comments from people, It’s been further confirmed that “There is no legality issue here. We already have agreements with Emirates ID and Visa and we issue a credit card with it through Etisalat, we have rights to issue those. Final costs for the procedure are not confirmed yet but it is expected to cost Dhs500 ($100) for both the injection and the gadget itself.
On the possibility of the information stored on the chip being hacked with the right equipment, Naori confirmed that necessary authentications would still be required for the use of the card and after agreements with other international bodies or what some presume to be “One World Government”, this may be enforced on all people living this UAE.
“We have to internationally agree on the system and this is eventually going to happen, let’s be honest,” said Naori.
“Thirty to 40 years ago there were no (bank) cards and now I have a card with all my ID and sim card on it and put it in the machine without showing anyone my passport.
“It’s an electronic smart gate. It’s the same thing, instead of having the card you just have it under your skin and it verifies you.”