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US Co. Says to Implant Microchips in Employees

US Co. Says to Implant Microchips in EmployeesUS Co. Says to Implant Microchips in Employees

A US company based in Wisconsin is about to become the first in America to offer microchip implants to its employees.

However, the new program by the firm has panicked Internet forums like Reddit, with users suggesting the idea is straight out of George Orwell’s book 1984.

“It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,” Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby said to ABC News channel.

The company designs software for break room markets that are commonly found in office complexes.

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.

“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.”

More than 50 employees are having the devices implanted starting next week. Each chip is about the size of a single grain of rice.

Along with purchasing market kiosk items, employees will be albe to use the chip to get into the front door and log onto their computers.

Each chip costs $300 and the company is picking up the tab. They are implanted between a person’s thumb and forefinger.  Westby added the data is both encrypted and secure.

“There’s no GPS tracking at all,” he said.

No one who works at the firm is required to get the chip implant.


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