Microchip implants and you: A study of the public perceptions of microchip implants
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
As technology advances with time, new devices are invented and old ones used in innovative ways. Microchips have been increasingly minimized to the point where they can now fit on a fingernail. When encased in a bio-friendly coating and equipped with the appropriate in- or output technology, new modes of natural digital interaction can be explored. This thesis studies how the general public perceives microchip implants as a digital interaction tool, as well as which features of microchip implants are important to them. Three different scenarios of implanted microchip use were created and used in eight semi-structured interviews. The results showed skepticism towards the technology due to worries about security and privacy, and a lack of knowledge of this technology. Benefits included keeping better track of health and making everyday actions easier, as well as excitement about this new technology.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 19 p.
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), SPM 2017.04
microchip, implant, biohacking, privacy, health tracking, embodied interaction
Information Systems, Social aspects
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133890OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-133890DiVA: diva2:1089600
Master's Programme in Human-Computer Interaction
Waterworth, John, professor
Kaptelinin, Victor, professor