Um, what?! I just read this article and freaked out a bit. There’s a company in Wisconsin that is implanting tiny radio frequency chips into the hands of its employees so they can, “make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers, use the copy machine,” says the company, 32M. I’ve seen this “futuristic-type” thing in movies and I know it’s been around for awhile, it just seems so creepy to me. I don’t want a company implanting anything in my body!
The company says that while it’s not mandatory, they think about 50% of their workforce will get the chip. They say that it’s the way of the future and they are basically trendsetters by launching it first. All of the awesome things it can do seem beneficial, but I think I’ve watched the Borne movies too many times to be comfortable with it. They say they can’t track their employees with it, but it doesn’t seem that far fetched to me. If it can do all that other fancy stuff, certainly it can track my every move, right?
And what about the health implications? Is it safe? I know we wear gadgets and play with technology constantly that probably emits the same type of radiation or radio waves or whatever sciency-thing our devices do, but it just seems like I’m safer with my skin as a barrier. Is that silly of me to feel that way. How safe do you think this is?
“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.”
Do you agree? Would you do it? Do you think it’s crazy or cool? Do you think this will be the standard in a few years and I’ll look back on this post and laugh?
Your chip-free friend,