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The Three Square Market company have become one of the first in the world to put microchips in employees’ arms to replace ID cards, the company revealed.

The tech company - based in Wisconsin, USA - now allows employees to order food at the cafeteria, open doors and log in to their computer without a password, simply by waving their arm.

In a move that dangerously resembles a prequel to Ghost in the Shell and other dystopic films, the chip is inserted in a person’s arm with a needle, between the thumb and forefinger.

Doing this would be the “right thing to do for advancing innovation”, according to Market chief executive Todd Westby.

Needless to say, the most prone to accepting conspiracy theories or simply people who have watched the whole Terminator saga couldn’t help but notice what this might mean in terms of biohacking risks.

And in fact - despite some companies in Sweden, the Czech Republic and Belgium also previously offering similar programmes - fewer than 10 % of their workers embraced this technology.

At Three Square Market, however, more than 50 out of 80 employees have so-far volunteered, making it the biggest rate of approval so far on a global scale.

Mr Westby said that the chip would not track employees and did not have GPS positioning, but Melissa Timmins - the company’s sales director - was not entirely convinced.

“Because it’s new, I don’t know enough about it yet. I’m a little nervous about implanting something into my body.”

For employees not prepared to do so, the company is offering to place the chip either in a wristband or a ring.

Three Square Market said that the data on the chip is "encrypted." However, Alessandro Acquisti, a professor of information technology and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, told the Times that encrypted is "a pretty vague term”.

“[It] could include anything from a truly secure product to something that is easily hackable."

In an America where Trump is President, it is hard to fathom whether this could prove the next step of unavoidable technological advancement, or yet another attempt of recreating Orwell’s 1984 dystopia.




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