For the first time a US Company will use Microchip Implants in employees to make work effortless
The scary scenario of artificial intelligence taking over our lives looms ripe over our heads. The future could well be a nightmare of reality as seen in science fiction movies of today. But what if humans themselves contained AI technology embedded into their physiology making people workplace cyborgs. What then?
A Wisconsin company has become one of the first US companies to use microchip implants in employees where the voluntary rate among staff has been encouraging. The initiative which is a voluntary one is being rolled into effect by 32M or Three Square Market a snack stall supplier where the chips are being implanted between thumb and forefinger.
1 Microchip implant is the size of a rice grain
The microchip implant is only the size of a rice grain but once implanted will allow an employee to carry out a number of office tasks without any effort. Called RIFD technology, it will help perform multiple tasks like making purchases during office break room market, open doors, use copiers, log into computers, unlock phones, share business information and cards, store medical information and also make payments at RIFD terminals.
The chips are similar to the ones used in mobile payment systems and animal tag implants. 32M has a total of 85 employees where the microchip program has invited mixed response from the staff. Most more than half have elected to take part.
2 Cost of implants will be borne by the company
The cost of each microchip implant is US$300 which will be borne by the company. Microchip implants in employees will mean employees would no longer be required to carry ID cards, keys and smart phones to communicate, operate or authenticate with various systems in the company infrastructure.
Employees will not need to be concerned for security reasons of hacking or the company keeping tabs on employees. A spokesman for the company, Westby said that there is no GPS component which makes it secure against hacking. Moreover, the chips are encrypted like credit cards. The chips aren’t even connected to the internet.
3 Employees will be microchipped at a microchip party held at the office HQ
To prove that the company has good intentions at heart, the CEO, his wife and children will be microchipped as well. In fact, a chip party will be held at the company’s headquarters to celebrate the event. On the flip side, regardless of whether the chips are secure or not, employees will now be privy to information like who takes office breaks or which employee goes to the bathroom frequently, what kind of food they purchase etc.
Although harmless, the information has potential for larger problems making privacy issues increase with evolving technology. The senior executives and leaders of the company fail to see any issues in microchip implants used in US employees “People ask me, ‘Are you chipped?’ and I say, ‘Yes, why not?'” Epicenter CEO Fredric Kaiser told Associated Press back in April. So next Tuesday will be one big chip party for the human cyborgs.