Companies are implanting workers with microchips

By Sean Dowling, Buzz60

Ever show up to work having forgot your I.D? Well, that may be a thing of the past.

Employees in Sweden are voluntarily lining up to have microchips placed inside them.

Swedish start-up hub Epicenter is behind it.

The implants are about the size of a grain of rice and can be used to open doors, work the printer and purchase things.

Epicenter and a few other companies are the first to start doing this on a large scale, but the technology has been around for years.

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20. Illumination Entertainment -- For creating a monster out of a Minion

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18. Buzzfeed -- For feeding a viral fever

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17. Airbnb -- For putting a world of experiences at our fingertips

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16-11. Dalian Wanda, Huawei, Electronics, BBK, Xiaomi, Tencent, Alibaba -- For ramping up the pace for the world

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09. Chobani -- For stirring it up in the grocery store

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08. Twilio -- For giving apps a voice

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07. Netflix -- For making surfing fun again

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06. Facebook -- “It’s creativity with technology,” says Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg of the company’s efforts to develop ad products that drive sales

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04. Apple -- For baking in its advantages

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03. Uber -- For accelerating autonomous driving

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Chances are your dog is chipped.

However, with humans, tracking where you go, how long you work, how many bathroom breaks you take and what you buy raises all kinds of security questions.

The chips are safe, the implanting process takes a few seconds and they use NFC or Near-Field Communication technology. Fair warning though, experts still say the chips could be hacked.

It's essentially like using your smartphone to buy something at the store after entering your mobile payment info and, let's face it, our phones are as good as glued to our skin anyway.

Instead of working with your coworker Chad, you might soon be working with a cyborg!

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