A number of news outlets and conspiracy theorists have predicted that all Americans would be microchipped by 2018. That hasn’t happened yet but, there does seem to be a strong trend in place and microchipping is being sold as a “convenience” to employees. Recently, the Los Angeles Times reported that some US companies have started microchipping its employees. The Washington Post also reported recently that certain Swedish companies were microchipping their employees.
Fast Company reported on the first U.S. company that’s begin microchipping its employees. Watch as writer John Converse Townsend recently traveled to Three Square Market–a Wisconsin-based company specializing in the technology–to try it out firsthand quite literally and he asks people on the street, if they would do it if their Boss asked them to and what the implications are for this increasingly popular technology.
Would you allow your employer to embed a microchip in your body?
Another Wisconsin company asked for employee volunteers to test out the technology and 60 people willing participated. The small microchip, roughly about the size of a dime, allows users to pass through security, log into various electronic devices and pay for items at vending machines. A show called The Doctors discuss this controversial technological advance:
Australia has also been in the news under the headline ‘Australians embracing super-human microchip technology’, Australia’s premier media outlet news.com.au (News Corp Australia) reports: “It may sound like sci-fi, but hundreds of Australians are turning themselves into super-humans who can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computers with a wave of the hand.” Is this a useful biohack or a rather a clever propaganda campaign that equates microchipping with becoming superhuman?
Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is at the centre of the phenomenon after having two implants inserted under her skin. Now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards.
She told news.com.au: “You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs it’s the same technology as Paypass, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pay for things with it.”
You get a unique identification number that could be programmed into the chip. Any door with a swipe card … it could open your computer, photocopier. Loyalty cards for shops are just another thing for your wallet.
The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer contact details to smartphones, and hold complex medical data.
Amal Graafstra, who became one of the world’s first implantees back in 2005, just made headlines recently in the US with a prototype of the world’s first implant-activated smart gun and is a huge proponent for this new technology. He’s written a book, spoken at TEDx and also appeared in a number of documentaries.
In an interview with the Australian media outlet, Amal explained that the technology he has implanted into his body has “given me the ability to communicate with machines. It’s literally integrated into who I am.”
What do you think about this new technology? Is it truly a convenience or another method of population control?
Watch how Shanti uses the microchip in her daily life in the video below:
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