The brave new world is upon us, as we just got word about a Wisconsin company which is set to become the first in the United States to use microchip implants on its employees, provided they’re sympathetic with the idea (at least in the beginning).
Yes, you got that right, microchip implants also known as the mark of the beast, just like the Good Book says.
Revelation 13:16 – And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads
Revelation 13:17 – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Apocalyptic visions aside, according to the company’s CEO Todd Westby, Three Square is set to become a pioneer in this niche, riding the wave of the future to our demise. In their vision, humans implanted with microchips are the next big thing in the near future, something inevitable that’s going to happen whether we want it or not (logic fail), hence it would be nice to be a part of it, right?
Three Square is a software design company creating software for break room markets which are regularly found in office buildings. Their innovation is to take the mobile payments idea (paying with your smartphone that is) one step further and to put an RFID chip inside a person’s hand.
Three Square CEO Todd Westby explained:
“We’ll come up, scan the item,. We’ll hit pay with a credit card, and it’s asking to swipe my proximity payment now. I’ll hold my hand up, just like my cell phone, and it’ll pay for my product.”
Over 50 Three Square employees are set to become human mice starting next week by their choice and consent, as they’ll each get implanted with an RFID device the size of a grain of rice. The respective microchip will allow them to buy stuff from break room market kiosks, or to get inside the building/log on to their computers and so on and so forth. The company will pay in full for the whole procedure, including the $300 price of a single microchip. The chips are implanted between a person’s thumb and forefinger and the data is encrypted and allegedly secure.
Currently, no employee of Three Square is required to get the implant. For now. I can see a future when those refusing implants will eventually not be able to get a job or to buy or sell anything. This is a bad idea. Unfortunately there will be many who will follow. It costs $300 for Pete’s sake. Why do it if not for more sinister reasons?
They won’t track you through GPS, but they won’t need to. Every time an employee makes a copy, goes to the bathroom, buys a snack, or uses their computer they will know what time it took place and where they were.
This is just the beginning of the slippery slope. First, there are extreme limitations of the application. Before you know it, they are monitoring your heart rate to try to determine if you’re lying, they are gathering DNA outside of the health care system with privacy rules, to determine pre-existing conditions and set your insurance higher, so many, many things that the next phase of nano technology and programming could include. This is an invasion of privacy that goes way beyond the rights of an employer. This is slavery!