Dystopia. Employees as Cyborgs. About 150 employees the Swedish technology firm Epicenter agreed to have a microchip inserted in their hands, the company said. It is the first time such implants are used to tag employees via microchips on a broad scale. Epicenter and a handful of other companies are the first to make chip implants broadly available. A company based in Belgium also offers its employees such implants, and there are isolated cases around the world where tech enthusiasts have tried this out in recent years.
And as with most new technologies, it raises security and privacy issues. While biologically safe, the data generated by the chips can show how often an employee comes to work or what they buy. A person cannot easily separate form this data-collecting microchip.
Ben Libberton, a microbiologist at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute, says hackers could conceivably gain huge swathes of information from embedded microchips. The ethical dilemmas will become bigger the more sophisticated the microchips become.
Conceptually you could get data about your health, you could get data about your whereabouts, how often you’re working, how long you’re working, if you’re taking toilet breaks and things like that.”
Libberton said that if such data is collected, the big question remains of what happens to it, who uses it, and for what purpose.
The RFID, or radio frequency identification chip, is about the size of a grain of rice and will allow workers at the company to open doors automatically and use electronic devices more efficiently. The chip is implanted in an employee’s hand.
“You can do airline fares with it, you can also go to your local gym, so it basically replaces a lot of things you have other communication devices for, whether it be credit cards, or keys, or things like that. It’s an implant in the hand that enables them to digitize professional information and communicate with devices both personal and within Epicenter. Once ‘chipped’ with this technology, members can interact with the building with a simple swipe of the hand. Chips can also be programmed to hold contact information and talk to smartphone apps,” Epicenter co-founder Patrick Mesterton told the Australian Broadcasting Company.
It can also count bathroom breaks, identify an employee’s location and track cafeteria purchases, leading to invasion of privacy incidents and data collections.
Sandra Hoglof, employed by Epicenter subsidiary Eventomatic, said he had the chip inserted to be “part of the future,’ adding, “I usually use a lot of things, like my keys, so this will give me access and help me a lot more.” (UPI, Telegraph )
Cyborg is A cyborg is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body
PS what should the employees say?