German IT industry lobby group BITKOM polled 1,000 people on whether they would be open to having a tiny microchip inserted under their skin “for certain benefits.”
According to the results, 23 percent said they would, as reported by Agence France Presse.
One in six, or 16 percent, said they would wear an implant if emergency services personnel could rescue them more quickly in the event of an accident.
Five percent — about 50 people — said they would be open to an implant to make shopping easier.
On the other hand, 72 percent said they would not “under any circumstances” allow microchips to be implanted in their body.
But those aren’t the only uses for implantable microchips.
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