FOR some it represents a new level of freedom and convenience but for others it’s a step towards a dystopian world like those imagined by Aldous Huxley or George Orwell.
No matter which way you slice it, putting computer chips in employees elicits a strong response from people.
Earlier this year, Swedish tech company Epicenter made headlines after announcing plans to embed a small chip into about 150 workers and now a US company called Three Square Market that makes software for vending machines is the latest to join the club.
It is about to implant 50 employee volunteers with the Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips allowing them to do things like enter the building, login to their computer and use the vending machines by scanning their hand.
The device is about the size of a grain of rice and is embedded in the webbing of the hand between the thumb and forefinger.
CEO Todd Westby says experimenting with chipping employees is all about staying ahead of the technology curve.
“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,” he said in a company statement.
“Eventually, this technology will become standardised allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”
The micro chip being implanted into the hand.Source:Supplied
These types of microchips have been used in humans and animals before and means people don’t need to keep track of multiple passwords and PINs because it will all be installed on the inserted chip.
While the owner of the Wisconsin-based company says he won’t be able to monitor the actions of employees’ questions about traceability, surveillance and hacking are never far from the conversation. But he says it’s simply about easy access … for now.
As the anchor on local Wisconsin news station KSTP noted, chipped employees can “get the bag of chips faster from the vending machine”.
What a brave new world, indeed.
Marcel Varallo from IT getting a microchip injected into his hand, which he can use to control various appliances and scanners etc. A quick swipe of the hand will open doors and carpark boom gates. Picture: David Caird.Source:News Corp Australia