One U.S. company is taking a technological leap forward in changing the way we interact with the world around us, but in the minds of some people, it’s a reckless leap into the abyss. What they’re planning to do might make your skin crawl.
Three Square Market (32M) in River Falls, Wisconsin is offering its employees the option of getting a $300 microchip inserted into their skin where their thumb and index finger are joined, according to NBC affiliate 11 Alive. The implants will begin Aug. 1 for volunteers only, making 32M the first company in America to provide this type of technology.
The rice-grain-sized microchips will allow employees to, with a wave of their hand, unlock doors, purchase food, use copy machines, log into their computers and more without having to use any key cards, credit cards, or passcodes. But 32M’s vision for this technology is far more widespread than their own company.
What 32M does as a business is actually design modern vending machines, which can use the implant technology, Fortune reports, and they hope to expand from there into the implant market. They see widespread use of microchips for people who work at other companies, use public transportation, or simply shop at stores and restaurants.
32M CEO Todd Westby, "Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.”
About 50 employees at the company are expected to voluntarily be chipped at an upcoming “chip party,” according to press release. For some people, the implanted chips are a convenience for their fast-paced, busy lives. But for others, it’s something else entirely.
Numerous commenters on 32M’s Facebook page equated the chipping to getting the “mark of the Beast,” quoting Revelation 13, which says of the false prophet, “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or[f] the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
“I will never buy ANYTHING from a business that chips its workers,” wrote Ellen B. Prosser.
Gerry Tracker added, “You have crossed a line with this....not too late to go back!!!!!!!”
Others expressed worry that chipped people can be tracked or even mind controlled. Tom Dean, who says he’s a security and networking technology expert, pointed out that volunteers can be pressured into receiving the chips, which could eventually be used for illicit tracking. He suggested 32M simply give people microchips to carry around, in some form, rather than sticking it in them.
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