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This is Crazy! Would You Let Your Workplace Do This?

This is Crazy! Would You Let Your Workplace Do This?

by February 3, 2015 0 comments

Talk about Orwellian. Several Swedish high-tech businesses, located in the same building, are currently microchipping their employees. Not to keep tabs on them (for now), but to merely allow employees access to the building and even photocopiers.

“PC Load Letter?!”

RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips are being inserted into employees’ hands by a bio-hacking company, whose employees include a tattoo-artist, strangely enough. Some of them are vehement while others are opting out of the draconian installments. Eventually, the hope is that employees will even be able to purchase items at the cafe located in the building, using only the chip in their hand. The chip is installed similarly to any other injection and is reported to exert the same amount of discomfort. Some folks are using the chip to include their business card, which can be accessed by any smartphone with the appropriate technology installed.

This is taking American Psycho to a sci-fi level.

“We already interact with technology all the time…Today it’s a bit messy – we need pin codes and passwords. Wouldn’t it be easy to just touch with your hand? That’s really intuitive.” One of the 700-employees told BBC News. However, when a reporter opted to test the new technology, he found it to be barely intuitive. Swiping required several attempts, ending in an awkward and unnatural hand positioning. With any technology, issues need to be discovered, kinks worked out and corrected. Though, how practical is it to inject oneself with a problematic piece of technology or to attempt it at all? What about infection from rejection? Worse, what about constant monitoring? No more going to the bathroom to hide from your boss, or to squeeze out some of your paycheck for free by squeezing one out. Smoking weed on the job? Not recommended, but now it may never even be an option. Finally, what if you want to quit? Do you have to have this piece of technology torn from under your skin?

It all sounds horrifying to me. Would you do it?

[Via BBC]

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