For years, privacy advocates have been warning the world that humans would soon be subject to microchip implants, but few took the prophecy seriously.
The idea of a wholesale microchipping process seemed far too Orwellian for anyone in America to simply go along with. The forceful gathering of supposedly free Americans, and subsequent mandatory surgical procedure seemed to be just out of reach for even the most maniacal of governmental agencies. As it turns out, the concept wouldn’t come from the government first, but rather, from private companies engaged in a race to pioneer the invasive technology.
The revolution will apparently begin in Wisconsin.
“‘It’s the next thing that’s inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it,’ Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said.
“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 Three Square Market employees are having the devices implanted starting next week. Each chip is about the size of a single grain of rice.”
Similar technological tracking devices have been in use for some time in the banking industry via RFID chips in credit cards.
The rush to incorporate this technology into the human body has many Americans concerned not only for their privacy, but also for their safety. The technology being used to read the information on these devices is simple, at best, and criminals have been known to retrieve credit card data from unsuspecting victims standing mere feet away, in line at the grocery store. Should we expand the use of such devices to contain even more important data, such as Social Security information or employee account documentation, will we truly be able to maintain an edge on these criminals? The speed at which this technology is entering the mainstream is likely far too swift to ensure our privacy against cyber thugs.