Microchipping Opens Doors for Employees

Microchipping Opens Doors for Employees

September 23, 2018

Three Square Market, which implanted 100 employees with microchips last year to open doors, log into computers, or buy snacks from vending machines, is working on a new microchip with GPS tracking capability and voice activation. This chip can also monitor vital signs and in the future, applications could involve storing medical records for use in emergency situations.

The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted in the hand between the thumb and forefinger.  Some are concerned with privacy issues, but some are embracing the technology, including about 4,000 users in Sweden who can ride trains without tickets or turn on lights in their apartments.

How far this will go is yet to be seen, but many believe the technology will become widespread.


Video Spotlights: Wisconsin business chips employees and This is what it feels like to get microchipped


This post is based on the Washington Post article, This firm already microchips employees. Could your ailing relative be next?, by Peter Holley, August 23, 2018; and the videos, Wisconsin company implanting chips in employees, by CNBC, July 27, 2017, and This is what it feels like to get microchipped, by Continue reading

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China Wants Only the Cleanest Trash

China Wants Only the Cleanest Trash

September 14, 2018

The Chinese government recently banned imports of low-grade recyclables.

For decades, Western countries sent their paper waste and plastic trash to China where they were sorted manually before being processed and re-used in manufacturing. To overcome the severe shortage of recyclables caused by the ban, Chinese manufacturers are now setting up processing facilities in the US and sending the recyclable materials to China.

Some existing US recycling programs have struggled to meet the purity standards imposed by the Chinese government.


Video Spotlight: Plastic China (scroll down to the trailer)


This post is based on the Bloomberg article, China Wants Only the Cleanest Trash, by M. Sasso, August 22, 2018. Image sources: frameangel/123RF and Ralph125/Getty Images.

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1. According to the article, why has the Chinese government banned imports of “dirty” trash?

Guidance: Trash sent to China contained contaminants which can be hazardous (e.g. lead and mercury) and also hinder the recycling process. Other reasons include China’s anti-pollution crackdown and the 2017 release of the documentary “Plastic China,” which featured Chinese children sorting trash in piles of garbage imported from other countries. The documentary put pressure on China to stop such practices and therefore Continue reading

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