Court acquits Australian biohacker with travel chip implanted in body

After changing his name in 2016, his name is Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. But the life changes for the Australian inventor from New South Wales did not end there. A year later, he implanted a chip from an Oral electronic card into the back of his hand, with which passengers on public transport in Sydney pay for travel. After that, a completely different story began.

Now, according to Meow-Meow, he doesn't have to worry about losing the card. To pay for a bus or subway ride, he just needs to bring his hand to the scanner. For several months, no problems arose, until in August 2017 he was fined by the controller for not presenting a ticket to Meow-Meow. Despite the fact that there was money on the card, the controller refused to read the money "from hand". The case went to court.

In March of this year, a judge found the biohacker guilty, but he said that he refused to pay a fine and be punished. However, the court insisted on its own, ordering Meow-Meow to pay a fine of $ 220, plus an additional $ 1, 000 to cover legal costs. The position of the prosecution proceeded from the fact that the users of the Opal card, in accordance with the contract, do not have the right to “spoil or change” it.

Disagreeing with the court's decision, Meow-Meow appealed to the District Court. A retrial took place this week, in which Judge Dina Yehia sided with the biohacker, overturning a $ 220 fine. She was guided by the facts that Meow honestly paid for his trips, has no history of previous crimes, and the case itself is not criminal in nature.

In turn, Meow-Meow claims: payment through the palm is the same as from a smartphone. Moreover, he is convinced of the imminent mass implantation of chips. He outlined his own position with the phrase:

"It's just that the technology I developed is ahead of the law."