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Swedish Companies Track Employees Through Microchip Implant That Does Amazing Things

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Swedish firms like Epicenter would start tracking their employees with free microchip implants. Interestingly, about 150 Epicenter staff already accepted the offer.

Dubbed as the RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) system, these embeds are just the size of a grain of rice. Microbiologists plan to put them inside a person's hand through the use of a simple syringe. Patrick Mesterton, the CEO of Epicenter, said in previous press interviews that the microchips would "simplify life".

With RFID, workers are given access to restricted rooms, printers, and company gadgets. They could also pay for lunch at the café by just scanning their implanted hands. Employees could then use it to pay airline fares or gym membership fees. Basically, it functions like a key and a credit card at the same time.

The good thing is that people would never have to worry about remembering various passwords for different tasks. Consequently, the human resource department will not need piles of paperwork anymore for contract information. Experts claim that this procedure is safe as it has been done to humans and animals before.

Meanwhile, Ben Libberton, a microbiologist from Karolinska Institute, told ABC that the implant might really compromise security and privacy. Conceptually, he explained, the implants may reveal data about the host's health, whereabouts, office hours, and quantity of toilet breaks. Two of the important questions to ask are: Who will see the data and what will happen to them afterward?

Though, the New York Post reported that some workers already decided to take the risks. With that in mind, these individuals are willing to expose their privacies in exchange of the amazing experience to be "part of the future". Once chipped, there is no turning back for these employees. One concrete example of a working body implant is the pacemaker, a device used to control the tempo of the human heart.

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