Wisconsin tech company workers agreed to have microchips implanted into their hands. The implant is the size of a grain of rice and will be placed between the thumb and forefinger.
The implantation purpose is for entering the office, log into computers and even buy a snack with just a swipe of the hand.
There are 80 employees at the company’s River Falls headquarters, and more than 50 had agreed to get implants – but the participation is not required.
Todd Westby, the CEO of tech company had an initial approached about it which drawn mixed decisions. Some were showing doubt, not willing to do it and some were excited. After all the convincing conversations, the majority of managers were opted to partner with BioHax International to get the microchips.
Jowan Osterlund of BioHax, which is pertaining with Three Square Market, said: “Implanting people was the next step for electronics”. “I’m certain that this will be the natural way to add another dimension to our everyday life.” he added.
The chip is not a GPS, does not allow tracking workings and does not require passwords – said Westby. And no chance of hacking because it is not connected to the internet. Chopping off the hand is the only way for somebody to get connectivity” he added.
The microchip uses RFID – Radio Frequency Identification technology and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004.
The microchip is cost $300 each, and licensed piercers will be handling the implantation on Aug. 1.
Westby said “There is no need to worry about because if the workers change their minds, they can easily remove the chip as if taking out a splinter.”
Westby’s wife, young adult children and others would also be getting microchip next week.
However, critics have something to say and warned about the dangers on how the company planned to store, use and protect workers’ information.
The chairman and founder of CyberScout, Adam Levin – provides identity protection and data risk services, said he would not put a microchip in his body.
Levin said, “Many things start off with the best of intentions but sometimes intentions turn. We survived thousands of years as a species without being microchipped, is there any particular need to do it now? … Everyone has a decision to make; that is, how much privacy and security are they willing to trade for convenience?”
It is with great risk to trade in with this kind of technology. It has now been realized that some magical movies came true. This kind of implantation only happened in movies but now its coming into a reality. This started in Wisconsin but as we all know this might spread all over the world.
This should be thoroughly reviewed especially talking about health. Something you implant to any part of the body is really dangerous. Probably this would raise more diseases in the future. What do you think?