Some workers with the Wisconsin firm will soon have chips embedded in their hands to access their office, purchase snacks and log into computers by swiping their hand.
The CEO of the technology firm Three Square Market, Todd Westby in a report, told ABC News that over 50 out of the 80 employees at the company’s headquarters at River Falls had agreed to have the implants in their hands.
The chip to be inserted makes use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The RFID was approved in 2004 by the FDA, it’s just about the size of a grain of rice and will be implanted just between the forefingers and thumb.
According to Westby, the chip doesn’t serve as a GPS. As such it doesn’t track staff, and it doesn’t make use of passwords. He added that there are no chances of hacking because it has encryption just like credit cards, it has no chances of hacking because of the inability to connect to the internet. Westby said the only way to get connectivity is to chop off the user’s hand.
Three Square Market is taking care of the microchips bill which goes for $300 each. Licensed piecers will take care of the implantation on Aug. 1. Westby stated that it’s not a permanent implantation as workers can have it removed if they change their mind. He said that his family members would be getting the implantation next week.
Critics cautioned that there could be possible dangers in the planned means of storage, usage, and protection of worker’s information. The chairman and founder of CyberScout, Adam Levin said he wouldn’t go for the chip.
Levin said that many things begin with good intentions but turn out to be another thing. He added that humans have lived for thousands of years without such implantation. As such, he questioned the need now. Levin stated that everyone has the right to discern how much security and privacy they would trade for convenience.
A partner with Three Square Market, Jowan Osterlund of BioHax said the microchip implantation was a new revolution in electronics. He added that it would be a natural way to diversify the everyday life we live.