The tech world has gone batshit crazy over Three Square Market’s ‘innovative’ decision to offer employees the chance to have a microchip implanted in their skin that will open doors and let them buy food.
Yeah, awesome benefits (sarcasm alert), but what is the cost?
Surely this is normalizing microchips in the corporate world before they’re rolled out at a state level.
I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any stretch of the imagination and I can’t help rolling my eyes at people that get lost in them.
But this is a thin end of the wedge and it’s being promoted as a benefit.
Do We Need Microchips?
We can already open doors and buy food with a security pass. We really don’t need a chip to do these things.
The chip will allow people to log in to computers and operate photocopiers with Near Field Communication.
Swedish company Biohax International is behind the chip and it pretty much is a hacked version of the microchip we happily put in our pets to make sure they get home safe if they run off.
They’re already in active service in Sweden, as a replacement for railcards on the train. Apparently, there is no GPS tracking on them.
Great, but the chip actually doesn’t need GPS tracking to track you, or that will be the case soon enough.
The Internet of Things Will Mean Chips Can Be Tracked
The Internet of Things is just round the corner, which means even without GPS tracking then your chip will communicate with every lamppost, street sign and shop front.
The only problem, then, is who has access to your chip?
It’s all a bit 1984 for me, but maybe that’s because I’m getting that bit older.
In the end, we’ll embrace this chip as it means we no longer have to carry a wallet and the smartphone will be replaced by a linked device that projects a screen and allows us to communicate and do everything we do now without carrying a single thing.
Home security will increase, because your home will recognize you, and intruders. You won’t need keys for your home or your car, it will just ‘know you’.
Burglars will get caught, murderers won’t get away with it. Shit there are benefits, but still it’s not a comfortable thought that you will be tracked and pinpointed every single minute of every single day.
I know the age-old argument: “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”
But it still feels wrong to me.
What do you think?