This is as Orwellian as it gets.
A Wisconsin company is hearkening images of 1984 as it announced it will offer its employees the chance to have a microchip implanted between their thumbs and index fingers.
The company, Three Square Market, said the chips will allow employees to “make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers, use the copy machine, etc.,” it said in a press release.
“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. Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.,” CEO Todd Westby said.
The company said it got the idea to use the microchips when it visited a European company whose employees were chipped.
“When working with our operators over in Europe, we came across a company of chipped employees at BioHax International and the concept of using RFID with micro markets quickly grew,” Tony Danna, the company’s vice president of International Sales, said. “We see chip technology as the next evolution in payment systems, much like micro markets have steadily replaced vending machines. As a leader in micro market technology, it is important that 32M continues leading the way with advancements such as chip implants.”
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Users will be able to pay for items in the break room by holding up their hand, the same way Apple Pay, Samung Pay or ANdroid Pay users hold up their mobile devices.
The company said the chips will have “no GPS tracking at all.”
That wasn’t enough to squash concerns of many on social media.
How long before ‘voluntary’ becomes ‘condition of job offer’?https://t.co/kFan2RrjSm
— Rick (@FlipChartRick) July 24, 2017
Welcome to Company Brave New World.
— Ryan Haas (@ryanjhaas) July 24, 2017
No. Just no. I’d pay more to not have to do this.
— Bryan M. Vance (@BryanMVance) July 23, 2017
Instead of saying it’s inevitable, let’s outlaw this crap, now. https://t.co/w9we9Rsf73
— The Known Unknowns (@Known__Unknowns) July 24, 2017
Soon we’ll all be offered chip implants instead of #creditcard, door keys etc. Anyone else have #privacy concerns? https://t.co/REVhx2nNHL
— Nick Espinosa (@NickAEsp) July 24, 2017
Here it is: the mark of the #fakebeast or is it the real beast? https://t.co/6L8AABvXCJ
— Michael Ruiz (@MichaelRuiz000) July 24, 2017
BIBLICAL REVELATION 13 COMING TO LIFE BIG TIME…READ IT. Wisconsin Company To Implant Microchips In Employees https://t.co/079ma6zaV2
— Dori (@DoriDays1) July 24, 2017
Amazing how simple it is to talk people into something in the name of convenience.
— Doris (@Doris86556146) July 24, 2017
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