US tech company becomes the first to microchip employees

Could this be the future of work?

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Future of work: US tech company becomes first to microchip employees

A tech company in Wisconsin has announced that it will become the first business in the US to microchip its employees.

The Wisconsin company Three Square Market is offering to implant tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip into workers’ hands for free. The chips would allow employees to employees to pay for food and drink in the company’s break room, open doors, login to computers and use the photocopier.

The company says that 50 out of 85 employees have already volunteered to have a chip the size of a rice grain implanted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger.

The company’s chief executive, Todd Westby, believes this tech could soon become the norm.

“Eventually, this technology will become standardised allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc,” he said in a press release.

“The international market place is wide-open and we believe that the future trajectory of total market share is going to be driven by who captures this arena first,” said chief operating officer, Patrick McMullan.

Three Square Market is already working with a Swedish company, BioHax, to deliver the new technology, which they see as one day being simply another payment and identification method – only instead of a credit card or phone, there would be a microchip between your thumb and finger.

Eventually, the company hopes implanted microchips will replace everything you might have in your wallet – from your key fob to your credit card and ID. For now, it is just aiming to make life easier for their employees.