There are many great things about technology. It makes our lives easier, it increases efficiency, and it has brought a world of information to our fingertips.
But there are also negative aspects of technology, and sometimes, they can be downright creepy.
As reported by Recode, a European company called Biohax is working on tiny microchips that can be implanted under your skin, and then communicate and interact with various electronic devices around the office.
Some examples of how such a microchip would be used include linking to doors (instead of a key card), linking to coffee makers, and other connecting to other devices in work-spaces (printers, computers, etc).
The devices are similar to those used in pet trackers, which raises some serious concerns.
Sacrifice our privacy for a bit of convenience?
There’s such a thing as going too far, and implanting workers with microchips has an incredibly creepy feeling to it.
Such a device would enable a company to track their workers at all times, even when they are outside the office.
The Recode story also points out that health information could be compromised by such a device.
That’s no theoretical concern. St. Jude’s recently dealt with security vulnerabilities in their pacemakers, defibrillators, and other electronic medical devices.
Imagine the nightmare of having a device inside you being tracked at all times. And while many of us carry our phones with us and could theoretically be tracked that way, there’s still a big difference between a device you carry with you and a device implanted in you.
Obsession with control
Disturbingly, I can see many big companies being interested in employee microchips. And government may even get the jump on them. Those in power are obsessed with control and seem allergic to the idea of individual freedom. Putting electronic devices in people would suppress our individual rights in a subtle, yet potentially consequential way.
That’s why we will need to remain grounded in common sense, even as technology continues advancing. Our individual rights and autonomy must not be sacrificed at the altar of convenience.