RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin – A vending company recently offered their employees an easy alternative to buying snacks from vending machines and using company equipment.
They’ve offered to implant microchips in those employees.
It wasn’t enough that employees in Stockholm were getting chipped for their employers. Now a company in the land of the free is at it too. One can feel the oppression of privacy invasion closing in around us.
Despite opponents, like Nevada State Senator Becky Harris, it seems the future is upon us with chip implants.
Now that it’s in Wisconsin, it’s only a matter of time before everyone is doing it.
Three Square Market
The company employs about 85 people, of which four dozen have expressed interest in the chips. After doing a ton of research, they decided their employees might like the opportunity to simplify part of their day.
Going on the philosophy that it’s the little annoyances of our days that wear us down, Three Square Market TSM launched their program.
“We’ve done the research and we’re pretty well educated about this,” vice president of TSM, Tony Danna said in a Reuters’ interview.
On August 1, TSM held a chip party, where interested participants had the device implanted. From there, the company can measure the success.
Whatever other companies may be saying now about this, they’ll tune in to hear what comes of TSM’s trial run.
The chips came from a company in Sweden called Biohax International; great name BTW.
Contrary to popular belief, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips cannot geolocate someone, not unless that chip tethered to a GPS system kept in close range, like 5 inches close. In that case, the GPS device would be as much if not more of a threat to privacy than a RFID chip.
The chips, about the size of a grain of rice, insert below the surface of the skin between the forefinger and thumb. It’s about as painful as a piercing, if not less as there are few nerves in that area.
Once installed, employees will need to put the RFID chip about six inches from any scanner to make it work.
Already, biohackers have implanted these chips for opening doors and riding the metro. Now the employees of TSM can buy snack food with theirs.
The chips do not allow the company to track employees, and TSM is not making it mandatory anyway. The chips themselves are encrypted, so hacking is improbable if not impossible.
Chipping does not violate insurance policy any more than a piercing, and the chips are FDA approved, so there is no chance of damaging anyone’s premiums.
Other than that, the chip insertion site could become infected, no worse than a piercing gone wrong. But, if they do it right and employees take care of their piercing site, it will be a non-issue.
This is going to happen again, and soon. More and more companies will give their employees the option for a RFID chip.
Naysayers will predict the end of times, and they are right. We will be witness to the end of the keyring, the password, the credit card, and the fingerprint.
The future is the RFID chip, but it’s here now.
Sources: theverge.com, latimes.com