This company is microchipping its workers
It's happening in Wisconsin. Will New Jersey, home of E-ZPass, potential speed cameras, and other technology be next? Three Square Market is offering to plant RFID chips in their employees. And employees are taking them up on it. It's a chip about the size of a grain of rice, and it will be implanted in the web of skin between the thumb and forefinger. So far the program is only optional, and workers can opt out and have the chip removed whenever they want.
CEO Todd Westby says, "We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals."
Storing medical health information? Yikes. The company says it will not have GPS capability. But wouldn't you be suspicious? Apparently enough workers at Three Square Market are not. It is expected that dozens will be signing up for this. Did you ever see the movie Gattaca? 'Nuff said.
Honestly, wearable technology is one thing. But technology that is implanted inside your body? This is where tech is taking us, and not for life saving medical advancements but to operate a company copy machine? You can read the their official press release here.
Am I just a pathetic technophobe, or does this seem to go too far? An RFID chip can be in a security card or key fob that you carry with you instead of implanting inside you. The occasional downside of losing it or leaving it at home seems well worth it to not turn us into cyborgs to benefit our bosses. Take our poll and let us know how you feel.