A Wisconsin company is to become the first in the US to microchip employees.
Three Square Market is offering to implant the tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip into workers’ hands for free – and says everyone will soon be doing it.
The rice grain-sized $300 (£230) chip will allow them to open doors, log in to computers and even purchase food.
And so far, 50 employees have signed up for the chance to become half-human, half-walking credit card.
But far from being some sort of dystopian nightmare, Three Square Market’s Patrick McMullan believes everyone will soon be wanting their own microchip.
I – Word Understanding
To microchip – to implant a chip
Dystopian – a state in which everything is unpleasant or bad
II – Have Your Say
1. Microchipping is already taking place in Sweden. One day, this technology will become just another payment and identification method, only instead of a credit card or phone, there would be a microchip between your thumb and finger. Would you consider this more safe and convenient? What method would you prefer?
2. If microchipping becomes a thing, what do you think are its other possible applications? Would you want to get microchipped?
3. What are the possible disadvantages of microchipping?