Will Embedded Microchips Be the Next Big Human-Machine Interface?

Implantation with a nanochip… Doesn’t that sound like a fascinating concept?!

While this concept may seem like a plot directly out of a science-fiction novel, it happens to be a reality. Earlier this summer, a Wisconsin technology company, Three Square Market, offered its employees microchip implants to scan into the building and purchase food at work. The tiny chip, which uses RFID technology or Radio-Frequency Identification, can be implanted between the thumb and forefinger “within seconds,” according to a statement from the company. Though this technology may seem like a way for the company to keep track of its employees, the microchip does not have GPS, and its goal is to offer employees convince, a way for them to bypass using company badges and corporate log-ons to computers, and to go card-less with purchases on the Three Square Market campus. Whether or not to get a chip is strictly up to the employee to decide.

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