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Sydney bio-hacker implants Opal chip in his body for a better commute

He’ll never lose his Opal card again because it is now a part of him.

A Sydney biohacker named Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow has had the near-field communication (NFC) chip from an Opal card implanted into his hand.

The NFC technology in Opal cards allows Sydney commuters to tap a sensor and pay for rides on various forms of public transportation.

To get the chip implanted, Meow-Meow had it cut down and encased in biocompatible plastic.

Meow-Meow can now simply touch his hand against the sensor and enjoy his commute. Meanwhile, the rest of you poor suckers have to touch a card against the sensor. Lame!

Before you get any bright ideas, Meow-Meow warns people not to try this at home.

He told ABC News that there is a risk of bacterial infection with the implant, so it is best to consult the pros before attempting such a procedure. In his case, he went to a piercing expert and underwent a procedure lasting about an hour.

Meow-Meow believes that humans merging with technology is the future, and he is probably right.

And if you don’t believe Meow-Meow, ask Elon Musk. Earlier this year, Musk said that humans must become cyborgs if we are to continue living in a world dominated by artificial intelligence (AI). And Musk doesn’t mess around. He already has a company working on connecting our brains to computers.

“Putting technology into the body is not unusual,” Meow-Meow told ABC News. He also pointed out that we already use pacemakers for heart conditions. and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for birth control. “While one might be for birth control, which we’ve decided is pretty OK, this one is to make catching public transport easier.”

If Meow-Meow’s peculiar name rings a bell, it may be because he was a candidate in the 2016 federal election. Meow-Meow ran as a candidate for Grayndler as a member of the Science Party.

According to his profile on the Science Party site, he is a passionate molecular biologist, entrepreneur, and futurist.

As for his unique name, Meow-Meow told The Huffington Post Australia that he legally changed it because it was an “interesting experience”.

“I sat down with a group of friends and made a list of names that sounded fun and then we thought of which ones rolled off the tongue the nicest and we came up with one that we thought was novel and fun and I changed it,” he said.

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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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