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Microchip implants and you: A study of the public perceptions of microchip implants
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

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.
Series
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), SPM 2017.04
Keyword [en]
microchip, implant, biohacking, privacy, health tracking, embodied interaction
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133890OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-133890DiVA: diva2:1089600
Educational program
Master's Programme in Human-Computer Interaction
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Available from: 2017-04-20 Created: 2017-04-20 Last updated: 2017-04-20Bibliographically approved

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