Cyberpunk IRL?!?

If you're anything like me, you've been on the verge of dampening your adult-sized Pampers in anticipation for the release of Cyberpunk 2077; however with just a few months left before it hits the market it got me thinking…

How could I become a “cyborg” in real life?

If you’ve been abstaining from cyberpunk’s promotional material and just know that it’s a sci-fi open world game, and therefore you’re gonna buy it regardless, let me spoil it a little by telling you that in the game’s world, people have cybernetic implants that allow them to “hack into the mainframe”, enhance their strength, or just to have some crazy cool ARM BLADES!

And I love this idea. So I did the research for you…


What tech can we implant in 2019?

Simply put…not a lot.
While implants human body are mainly either for medical or aesthetic purposes, like pacemakers or ear piercings. While pacemakers can be life changing pieces of tech, people would much rather rely on their superior biological advantages.

But what if you wanted to transfer information with an implant?

That’s where implantable NFC and RFID chips can come in handy.

See tose two rice sized blobs in the webbing of the hand? That's what I'm talking about

What can NFC and RFID chips do?

Simply put, they store information. Whatever information is stored on the chip is up to you.

The only information they contain is the serial number the manufacturer assigned to it.

That’s all.

And before you jump into the comments to tell me they can transmit radio frequencies and implant thoughts. No. They cant. (but yes there is real people who think this is happening)

Because these chips don't have a battery, they require a reader to be within an inch of the chip to actually take any information from it.

Furthermore these chips can be encrypted depending on your needs.


“What’s so cool about storing information?! I’d rather have super slick arm blades.”

.. I hear you declare to the world, begging to the wind for cool stuff to do

WELL!

Storing information is badass. Especially when your phone is likely already capable of reading NFC chips, and therefore; NFC Implants.

So we could use implants to launch processes within applications on your Android smartphone (iOS users may still have to wait for their overlords to fully unlock NFC support for developers)


“Can I have some examples?”

Sure, why not!

  • Travel cards
  • Payment methods (Like Apple pay/Google Pay)
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Unlocking smart locks
  • Unlocking your Tesla
  • Unlocking your PC/Phone
  • Password management
  • Launching processes, services and tasks within your OS
  • Store a virtual business card
  • Launch a website on a device when scanned

And that’s just a small list off the top of my head of what we can do with the type of chip in use since the 1980s!


“But what if *THEY* track me using my implant?!”

Well buddy…. If the chip can only be read from less than an inch away… chances are if they can scan the implant, they won’t need to track you

“But what about the GPS?!”

GPS Transceivers require power to operate, sending locational data doesn’t come cheap when it comes to energy, and you gotta shove power through an external antenna to get a signal that’s readable over distances. Implant chips just aren’t able to do that yet. We cant use GPS to find dogs and cats with the implants their given, and these are the same thing, but we have thumbs and computers so we can do what we like with our implants.

Mittens' implant can only be read when she's in a vets office...if we cant track her implant, we certainly cant track yours (can totally track your phone though)

“I hunger for tech, only tech knowledge can sustain me”

Well darn I’m so glad you said so!

Here’s some links that might be useful, either to plan ahead for your first implant (like me), or to set your mind at ease and stop worrying about the government hacking your thoughts to turn the frogs gay

Liam Maher

Liam Maher