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Jowan Österlund, a #Swedish tattooist and body piercing specialist whose company Biohax provided Three Square Market with the microchips, watched with interest. For Österlund, microchip implants were not radical or even novel. He had lived with one for years and had implanted hundreds of other young, #techsavvy Swedes. For this community, the chip signified a seamless integration of biology and technology. They used the implants to gain access to their co-working spaces, pay for #gym memberships, and even ride the train. With Biohax, Österlund was hoping to introduce this concept to a global market. But not all of the attention was positive. After the event, comments on Three Square Market’s Facebook page urgedemployees to quit. The company’s Google reviews page was inundated with one-star ratings. And Christian groups – convinced that the implants fulfilled an end-of-days #prophecy where people are branded with “the mark of the beast” – accused the company of being the antichrist. Three Square Market was a test case, the first company in the US to offer implants to employees on a public stage. But the highly charged reaction, which linked the devices not only to pernicious surveillance but to a vision of tech-apocalypse, raised a question that Österlund is still grappling with: is the world ready for technology to get under the skin? 📖Revelation 13:16-17📖
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.