Implanting a microchip inside the human body as a replacement for the identification cards might sound a little weird at first. But for a startup named Three Square Market, nothing is uncanny. The employees there are already lining up for the opportunity. Till now, more than 50 out of 80 employees have volunteered.
Three Square Market is a technology company based in River Falls, Wisconsin. The employees in this company can choose to have a chip (which is the size of a grain of rice) injected into their bodies. The chip is inserted between their thumb and index finger.
After the employees have got the chip inserted inside their bodies, any task involving RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) technology can be completed with just a wave of the hand. RFID tasks shall include swiping into the office building or paying for food at the cafeteria.
Here’s what Todd Westby, the CEO of the startup has to say about the innovative idea:
“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical information and as payment at other RFID terminals. Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”
While the company is calling this microchip innovation totally safe, Twitter users have their own concerns!
— ley (@Ley_KJ) July 24, 2017
No thanks. We have enough problems with skimmers on card machines. I don't need an infection from this.
— tom koonce (@heraldjaden) July 25, 2017
I'm sure they can convince some employees that this will make their life better.
— Missy V (@missy_villa1501) July 24, 2017
OFFERING? Microchips ~ I doubt it. Get it or you can't work here is more like it. Not Good
— Beautifuldreamer (@Priceless1again) July 24, 2017
It's a small step from offering to requiring.
— Phil-A (@audett_) July 24, 2017
Microchip implants in employees… made for a fun movie, anyway. pic.twitter.com/vEuUkk2z84
— WVCubsFan (@WVCubsFan) July 24, 2017
Some people even made sensible comments of the Right to privacy that could be violated with the coming of the microchip innovation.
Any corp. that lojaks its employees, destroys any right to privacy. We need a federal law that stops this, or you're just a dog on a leash
— Blanknewt2 (@Blanknewt2) July 24, 2017
The next thing you know they will know where you go after work , on vacation, track your moves talk about big brother I don't like it myself
— Emb (@you_r_here) July 24, 2017
Given I'm just going from headline: this seems like a gross violation of privacy.
— Ryan Miller (@rtmiller97) July 24, 2017
Companies often claim that these chips are totally secure and encrypted, but encrypted is a pretty vague term. It could include anything that is truly secure to something that is easily hackable. This innovation could also be used in more invasive ways without employees’ knowledge or consent.