Technology has advanced pretty far in the past couple of decades. It's worth remembering that at the start of this millennium, we didn't even have smartphones. But has technology gone too far? Some people seem to think so after a Wisconsin technology company, Three Square Market, offered workers the opportunity to have a tiny microchip implanted in their hands.
The idea seems to be popular among workers. The company, which is based in River Falls and provides technology for breakrooms and micro markets, has over 50 employees who plan to have the devices implanted.
The chip, which is around the size of a grain of rice, uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) to allow workers to pay for snacks in the vending machine, access the building, and even log into their computers with the swipe of a hand.
"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," CEO Todd Westby told USA Today. "Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc."
He also clarified that the chip is voluntary, and that there is no GPS tracking.
But that doesn't seem to have reassured Twitter users, who aren't quite ready for this leap into the future.
"You called in sick today but your microchip shows that you're actually in Las Vegas..."— Carrie Simpson (@coldcallcarrie) July 24, 2017
See, NO! You will NEVER be able to microchip me. I don't like the idea of that. My employees won't get microchipped either.— Britt H.. 🍯🌶 (@Merci_Britte) July 25, 2017
What do you think of this idea?
[h/t USA Today]