In Wisconsin, some workers at one company will soon have microchips implanted so they can enter their office, log onto company computers, and even purchase a snack by swiping their hand.
Three Square Market’s CEO Todd Westby said that of the 80 employees at its headquarters, over 50 agreed to have the implants. However, the CEO said employee participation was not required.
Three Square Market uses RFID – radio frequency identification technology in its microchips and was approved in 2004 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The chips are only the size of a single grain of rice and will be put between the forefinger and thumb.
Westby said when the team had been initially approached with the microchip idea some reluctance existed to go along with excitement.
However, after additional details were given to employees and conversations were held, most of the managers became on board and decided to join BioHax International to partner in getting the microchips.
Westby announced that the chip was not a GPS, does not need passwords, and cannot be used to track workers.
The CEO said that the microchip is encrypted similar to a credit card making it almost impossible to hack. He said the chances of it being hacked were nearly nonexistent due to it not being connected to Internet.
The cost of the microchips is being covered by Three Square Market at the price of $300 each. The licensed piercers are handling the implanting August 1 and Westby said that if any of the employees changed their minds, the microchip is as easy to remove as a splinter.
He added that he, his wife, their children, and others would be getting the implants as well.
Today critics warn there could be dangers in how the employees’ information will be stored and used.
Adam Levin founder and chairman of CyberScout, which is a provider of identity protection as well as data risk services, said he was against putting a microchip in his body.
Levin said that many things begin with everyone having the best of intentions, but those intentions sometimes take a turn. He added that for thousands of years humans have survived as a species without having microchips and questions if today a need exists to do so.
BioHax’s Jowan Osterlund said that implanting people was electronics’ next step, by adding one more dimension to everyday life.