We might not have legit hovercrafts yet, but that doesn't mean people aren't trying to go back to the future *wink wink*. A technology company in Wisconsin recently revealed that they're offering workers the opportunity to get a wee little microchip implanted in their hands.
The company, called Three Square Market, provides technology for breakrooms and micro markets. They're claiming that the chip is around the size of a grain of rice. It uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) to allow workers to do things like pay for snacks in the vending machine, access the building, and log into their computers with just a swipe of their hand.
CEO Todd Westby told USA Today, "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. Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc."
He also made it clear that the process is voluntary, and that contrary to popular conjecture, it does not have GPS tracking. Apparently, there are already more than 50 employees who plan to have the devices implanted.
Twitter had its own share of fears and ideas, for obvious reasons.
No thanks. We have enough problems with skimmers on card machines. I don't need an infection from this.— tom koonce (@heraldjaden) July 25, 2017
"You called in sick today but your microchip shows that you're actually in Las Vegas..."— Carrie Simpson (@coldcallcarrie) July 24, 2017
Microchip implants in employees... made for a fun movie, anyway. pic.twitter.com/vEuUkk2z84— WVCubsFan (@WVCubsFan) July 24, 2017
Definitely feels like something out of a dystopian future.