Three Square Market, a small start-up in Wisconsin, has gotten a lot of attention as the first company in the US to implant microchips in employees. This will allow those employees to make purchases in their break room, open doors, login to computers and use the copy machine among other things.
The chip will be implanted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger. Each chip costs $300 and will be paid for by the company.
It is all voluntary. The company is expecting over 50 staff members to volunteer to be chipped.
The CEO, Todd Westby, is sure this is the wave of the future and he is at the forefront.
Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities…
There's no GPS tracking at all.
O brave new world.
Reaction is what would be expected -- between those who think human microchipping is inevitable, at least within the next generation or so, and those who are like “Not even in my cold dead body.”
Three Square Market has gotten a lot of publicity on news shows and in headlines all over the world. The company develops software for kiosks (they refer to them as micro markets) intended to replace vending machines in business break rooms. It is in their interest to move to a cashless society.
Although the chips are voluntary, who doesn’t believe that the volunteers will get promotions and raises faster than those who don’t go along. And there a lot of questions of trust.
How safe are these devices in a life span longer than a pet's?
And what is to keep a company from forcing the chip with the threat of being fired?
Are there any guarantees that GPS technology won’t be activated?
Who can access the information?
Can it be hacked?
Right now it seems like getting Milk Duds and a Coke at work without having pocket change isn’t going to motivate many workers to have a foreign device put into their bodies.