Microchipping workers is a thing. Should it be?

A Seattle startup sells embeddable microchips so employees can seamlessly log into networks and access secure areas. Is that a step too far?

Illustrations by Eric Nyquist

When he enters his Seattle office, logs into his computer, or walks into his house, Amal Graafstra doesn’t need to dig for keys, find an electronic access card, or even punch in a passcode. Instead, he waves his hand. It’s that simple. Within a second, he’s in.

Graafstra is microchipped.

There’s a slender electronic gadget, about the length of a staple, inside his hand. It relies on near-field communications, or NFC, to let networked doors or other devices know that it’s really him. He needs to be a few centimeters away — about the same distance as it takes for two magnets to connect — from a target for the technology to work.

Graafstra envisions a not-too-distant future in which many people are microchipped — employees who need to access highly secure areas or anyone who needs to validate their identity to read sensitive information or access important files. He says chipping workers could become the next generation solution for corporate security, too. It’s less vulnerable to hacking than passwords, ID cards, or even .


Microchipping workers is a thing. Should it be? was originally published in CXO Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Gurupriyan is a Software Engineer and a technology enthusiast, he’s been working on the field for the last 6 years. Currently focusing on mobile app development and IoT.

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