Tech geeks are surgically inserting microchips into their hands because they can’t be bothered to swipe keycards when going to work.
A growing movement of amateur ‘biohackers’ are upgrading their bodies with DIY technology – with some even going for immortality.
One bungling programmer even embedded the chip from a travel card into the back of his hand to swipe his way through the gates on the Moscow subway – only for the bank connected to his account to shut down.
Vladislav Zaitsev now has the useless chip stuck in his body for life.
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He told the JapanTimes : “I like the idea of expanding the capabilities of the human body.
“In biohacking, I like things that give a real, confirmed effect, for example putting in chips.”
Zaitsev now offers to implant chips for £20 in his living room.
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One patient, 24-year-old Alexei Rautkin, had one inserted so he can swipe into the office easier.
But the chip doesn’t work on the main entrance to his work after a programming error.
Alexei said: “It’s something I decided a long time ago.
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“Mainly because it’s convenient but there’s also a kind of exclusivity, because practically no one else has this.”
“It’s not a problem at all to remove it, or leave it for some other use, possibly to identify myself in some other place, maybe to unblock a phone or notebook.”
Only 1,000 Russians have enhanced their bodies with chips to start cars, turn on smartphones, and store medical information.
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Some even work like business cards.
Biohacking entrepreneur Stanislav Skakun wants to find a way of prolonging life with external technology.
He has his blood tested nearly every day and takes a complex mix of supplements and probiotics to keep his health in tip-top condition.
He boasted: “In the last five years, my biological age hasn’t changed at all.
“If we conquer cancer, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease, we’ll prevent practically all the reasons we die,”
“I haven’t yet found a chip that would be useful for prolonging life.”
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