Listen Now: Microchipped Employees
A Wisconsin company is hoping to make day to day life simpler for its employers, by microchipping them.
Three square market says more than 50 employees are volunteering for a program that inserts a small chip underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger. That chip allows them to open doors, log onto computers and buy snacks with a wave of their hand. This type of technology is already available in Europe but this is the first time it’s being used here in the U.S.
Management says they hope this is just the beginning and that one day the chips can be used for everything from air travel to storing medical information. Critics of the technology say it goes too far and can be used to track people but the company says it is not GPS enabled. They say they are taking the time to understand the implications of the technology and that no one is being forced into it. Plus if someone feels uncomfortable after trying it out, the chip is easily removed. At least you don’t have to worry about forgetting your security badge.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.