Wisconsin tech company to start microchipping their workers

“A tech company in Wisconsin is gearing up to become the first in the U.S. to offer microchip implants to employees — and more than 50 workers have already signed up so they can make in-house purchases, open doors and unlock office equipment,” Joshua Rhett Miller reports for The New York Post.

“Employees at Three Square Market in River Falls, which provides self-service kiosks for break rooms or micro-markets, are set to get implanted with a tiny chip that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) to allow them to do a wide variety of tasks instantaneously,” Miller reports. “The chip — about the size of a single grain of rice — can be implanted ‘within seconds’ between the user’s thumb and forefinger. The program is optional for all employees, but the company said it expects more than 50 staffers to participate in the company’s inaugural ‘chip party’ at its headquarters on Aug. 1.”

“The microchip inside a user’s hand would function as his or her credit card. Each chip costs $300 and is being supplied by the company. The data stored on the chip is both encrypted and secure, said [Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd] Westby, who said privacy concerns won’t be an issue,” Miller reports. “There’s no GPS tracking at all,’ he told the station.”

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“Just as people are able to purchase items at the market using phones, Westby wants to do the same thing using a microchip implanted inside a person’s hand,” Josh Rosenthal reports for KTSP. ‘We’ll come up, scan the item,’ he explained, while showing how the process will work at an actual break room market kiosk. ‘We’ll hit pay with a credit card, and it’s asking to swipe my proximity payment now. I’ll hold my hand up, just like my cell phone, and it’ll pay for my product.'”

“Along with purchasing market kiosk items, employees will be able to use the chip to get into the front door and log onto their computers,” Rosenthal reports. “No one who works at Three Square Market is required to get the chip implant.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Like it or not, it’s the next logical step. At first, it’ll even be optional. Welcome to a Brave New World. We’re surprised it hasn’t come sooner.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


    1. They’ll go after the young children first, by scaring parents with insidious “find your missing child” marketing. Those children won’t grow up knowing a time when they didn’t have a chip.

  1. Why don’t you just put the chip in an envelope and put it in your pocket?

    Or put the chip on a credit card and stick it in your wallet?

    Anyone who allows an employer to put a chip inside them is an idiot.

    1. Not that I would put a “666” chip in my body, but the wallet isn’t always a good solution either. I have an RFID shield in my wallet (goes good with my tinfoil hat) that blocks readers looking into my wallet.

  2. “The microchip inside a user’s hand would function as his or her credit card.”

    Or they could just use Applepay. Or their original credit card. Or cash. Or the barter system.

    Not this.

  3. This tech courtesy of BioHax Sweden.

    I have some other ideas for what this tech could be used for… tracking Merkel’s recent ‘guests’ comes to mind.

    1. I would agree with a ring.

      If you get fat, it won’t come off anyway.

      No company can possibly, now or in the future, require a person to modify their physical body in order to gain employment. I can think of a host of Constitutionally recognized areas to address this, religion, being one of them, and maybe a few Titles to go along with that.

  4. So what happens when you change employer? Do they dig the chip out with a sharp needle or burn out the circuit with a tiny EMP machine? Maybe, it stays in to be joined by your next employers RFID chip, and your next, and your next till you become Borg.

  5. If I want to leave my phone at home (no Apple Pay), I can.
    If I want to leave my credit cards at home (no chip & pin or swipe), I can.
    If I want to leave my checkbook at home (no paper trail), I can.
    If I want to use only cash, I can.

    Someone who is chipped cannot do those things.

    We’ve all read the horror stories of how RFID chips can be scanned and read out by nefarious third party scanners. Some of us actually know someone whose item with an RFID chip has been readout by a nefarious third party.

    I have my credit cards, passport, passport card, global entry card, etc., etc. all in RF proof sleeves and inside an RF limiting wallet. I don’t take them out unless it’s for immediate use and I put them back immediately.

    What are people supposed to do with a chip in their hand? Are they supposed to wear copper mesh gloves when they are out and about?

    Further, if they change credit cards or update credit cards or need to update personal information (e.g., their home address or phone number — both are often used as part of credit card verification) then do they need a new chip, i.e., have the old one carved out and a new one implanted? If the chips can be updated without removing them, what’s to keep someone from changing the information without user’s (wearer’s ??) knowledge?

    There are just so, so many reasons why chipping people is a truly and catastrophically stupid idea.

    In my not so humble opinion, only an idiot would consent to such a thing. Unfortunately, there are way too many idiots running around in the world today.

  6. I can just see someone getting bad side effects from this implant, or even dying. Really stupid idea, and people who go for that are even more stupid.

  7. When they ask me, I’ll tell themto f-off. When they tell me that I have to, I’ll warn them against trying it. The person who actually tries it gets their neck snapped, followed by a “closed casket” necessitating skull stomp. There’s nothing inevitable about this chain of events, it’s easy to not provoke a negative response.

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