One Wisconsin-based company has issued a statement in which they claim to start installing microchips into their employees. They also reject the notion that their microchips will contain GPS tracking.
Even though the company emphasizes that this is completely showing the distrust they are having towards their employers, the company Three Square Markets expects around 50 workers to get voluntarily chipped.
This is most probably the beginning phase where everything is voluntarily, but it could reflect on the industries to enhance workplace experience with technological methods.
The company has planned to install RFID chip (Radio Frequency Identification), and the size of the microchip is about a grain of rice.
This chip will be placed under the skin between the thumb and the index finger.
The company believes that this is going to provide extra convenience to the employees, and in their press release statement they claim “Employees will be implanted with a RFID chip allowing them to make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers, use the copy machine, etc.”
The main reason for doing so is the fact they are producing software for workplace break rooms, so they want to implement and test this technology on their workers before they offer it on the market.
Todd Westby, the CEO of the company has described this feature as very efficient and convenience which will allow improvement of the life:
“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.”
Westby also claims that this chip will allow employees to pay for foods or drinks, and other items by simply waving their hand in front of the kiosk.
This is nothing like the “Amazon Go” venture which needed to become streamline purchase method.
“No lines, No checkout. No, seriously,” was a catchphrase used in their December 2016 video ad for the service.
Amazon Go actually doesn’t contain RFID chips and instead uses the smartphone, but it reflects the overall trend towards the technological optimization for human convenience.