This Company Asks Employees to Insert Microchip in Human Bodies!

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!

Some people even made sensible comments of the Right to privacy that could be violated with the coming of the microchip innovation.

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.