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A chip in your hand? RFID implants may be the future of business


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A surgeon implants British scientist Dr. Mark Gasson in his left hand with an RFID microchip

J-P Mauro - published on 07/25/17

How invasive will we allow technology to become for the sake of convenience?

Three Step Market, a Wisconsin-based technology company, is offering their employees the option to have RFID chips implanted under their skin. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and would allow them access to company resources, and even the ability to purchase food items at the break room, with just a swipe of the hand.

Three Square Market creates micro markets, self-service stores condensed and placed in businesses for employee convenience. The company expects RFID chips to become standardized in the future, so all their shops are equipped for RFID payment. The chips would be implanted in the skin between your thumb and forefinger.

Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby told KSTP-TV there are about 50 employees who have chosen to have the chip implanted.

“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,” Westby said in a company statement. “Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”

While the technology will allow access to all aspects of the job, employees are not required to receive the implant. The company assures employees that there will be no GPS tracking.

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