We live our lives on our smartphones; our UPS packages can be tracked; we check on the location of our Uber; nearly all information is stored digitally on microchips. We even microchip some of our pets. So, is microchipping humans the inevitable next step? We learned Tuesday that next month a company in Wisconsin will become the first in the nation to microchip its employees. It’s a free, voluntary program that will allow workers to access the building and buy snacks from the vending machine with nothing more than a flick of the wrist.
The implant is very basic technology. There’s no GPS tracking for example, but some critics question what we may be trading in exchange for that convenience. Morning Shift talks to Jim Speta, Northwestern law professor with a special interest in the place where law, ethics and technology meet.