But would you want to be microchipped? You, a human being?
Up in cheeseland Wisconsin, people at a certain company are getting a chip (about the size of a grain of rice) installed in their hands right between the thumb and pointer finger. This will replace door cards for building and area access, computer logons, and showing a credit card for buying a Hershey bar or a 5-hour energy caffeinator from the employee store.
It's one of those newfangled tech companies called Three Square Market, where CEO Todd Westby says more than 50 of the 80 employees voluntarily went for the implants. They weren't required, but, just like in 7th grade, if all the cool kids are getting them...
This is a technology called RFID (radio frequency identification) which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004. BioHax International (quick! buy some shares of their stock!) handled the technicals on this.
Westby said that, as you might imagine, when the idea was first broached, no one exactly broke their neck to stick out their hand, but after people were reassured that there is no GPS tracking device inherent, they were amenable.
|Microchip poses next to dime|
for size comparison. Jim Croce
always said you can keep the dime.
But fear not, according to Westby: "There's really nothing to hack in it, because it is encrypted just like credit cards are ... The chances of hacking into it are almost nonexistent because it's not connected to the internet," he said. "The only way for somebody to get connectivity to it is to basically chop off your hand."
Holy Cowchip! One minute he's talking about how safe this is, and the next, he mentions chopping off hands.
I don't work anymore, if I ever did, so I won't be faced with the choice of being chipulated or not.
I wonder if my old keycard still works.