Imagine you're out for a night of drinking. Somewhere between breakdancing in the Irish dive and being kicked out of the uppity martini lounge, you realize you've lost your wallet. No more cash, not even an ATM card...your night is over.
Fear no more, my sobrietyphobic friends; science has come to the rescue:
Imagine having a glass capsule measuring 1.3mm by 1mm, about the size of a large piece of rice injected under your skin.
Implanting microchips that emit a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) into animals has been common practice in many countries around the world, with some looking to make it a legal requirement for domestic pet owners.
The idea of having my very own microchip implanted in my body appealed. I have always been an early adopter, so why not.
Last week I headed for the bright lights of the Catalan city of Barcelona to enter the exclusive VIP Baja Beach Club.
The night club offers its VIP clients the opportunity to have a syringe-injected microchip implanted in their upper arms that not only gives them special access to VIP lounges, but also acts as a debit account from which they can pay for drinks.
It's not clear from the article if you pay upfront and then your bar/club-specific account is debited or if the chip charges against a bank card, meaning you could unwittingly party away your entire checking account. And how do you tip the bartender? Nevermind...not sure I want to know.