In the United States, electronic chips implanted on employees
In the United States, electronic chips implanted on employees. From Tuesday, employees of a Wisconsin company will be able to pay for the canteen with a RFID chip housed under the skin of the hand.
A new stage on the cyborg planet. From 1st August, the employees of the company Three Square Market in River Falls (Wisconsin) will no longer need to rummage through their bag to find their badge or cafeteria card. It will be enough for them with a gesture of the hand – if they accepted the offer of their employer to allow themselves to implant an electronic chip under the skin.
Out of 80 employees, about fifty volunteered for the experiment. The chip, the size of a grain of rice, will be introduced free of charge between the thumb and index finger, by a “qualified” medical staff, during a chip party at the headquarters of the company. After which, a simple movement will suffice for the wearer to open the doors, pay the canteen, unlock his computer and use the photocopier. “Implementation eliminates the need to carry data,” said director Todd Westby.
The chip, costing some 300 dollars (255 euros), and developed with the Swedish manufacturer Biohax, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It operates under the principle of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), a common technology for tracking deliveries in transit, and which relies on the use of an electromagnetic field for automatic data capture.
So far, “bio hackers”, experimenting with themselves on technologies, were rather recruited from the margins of the transhumanists, adepts of the ” increased man”. This is the first time that a company in the United States has offered its employees to serve as guinea pigs for RFID chips. Hesitators can benefit from a ring or a bracelet instead of the implant.
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