Employer putting microchips into staff

FOR some it represents a new level of freedom and convenience but for others it’s a step towards a dystopian world like those imagined by Aldous Huxley or George Orwell.

No matter which way you slice it, putting computer chips in employees elicits a strong response from people.

Earlier this year, Swedish tech company Epicenter made headlines after announcing plans to embed a small chip into about 150 workers and now a US company called Three Square Market that makes software for vending machines is the latest to join the club.

It is about to implant 50 employee volunteers with the Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips allowing them to do things like enter the building, login to their computer and use the vending machines by scanning their hand.

The device is about the size of a grain of rice and is embedded in the webbing of the hand between the thumb and forefinger.

CEO Todd Westby says experimenting with chipping employees is all about staying ahead of the technology curve.


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