It’s being billed as a handy convenience — an easy way to unlock doors at the workplace and pay for a snack from the break room, all with the swipe of your hand.
But people are expressing skepticism and fear on Twitter about this new technology behind the advertised convenience: human-implanted microchips.
“Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit — all purchasing opportunities,” said Todd Westby, the CEO of Three Square Market, based in River Falls, Wis.
The company, an operator of workplace mini-markets, will become the first in the U.S. to offer microchip implants to its employees beginning next month, according to Science Alert. The chips are voluntary and will be implanted beneath the skin of employees’ hands, between the thumb and forefinger.
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The chips use a technology known as radio-frequency identification, which employs electromagnetic fields to identify electronically stored information, similar to a contactless credit card, according to a press release issued by the company.
“We see chip technology as the next evolution in payment systems,” Westby said.
It’s expected that more than 50 employees will elect to have the chip implanted at an Aug. 1 “chip party,” over the desperate warnings being issued on Twitter.
One user brought up “The Belko Experiment,” a 2016 horror movie in which employees are locked in a building and must follow murderous demands over a loudspeaker.
Another user wrote she was scared next to #1984, referring to the dystopian novel by George Orwell in which the public is controlled under a heavily surveilled state.
Here are some of the top tweets.