Startup Implanting Microchips into Employees, Hiring Developers & More

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1. A Swedish Startup has Started Implanting Microchips into its Employees


Digest: Wearables

Curators: Aashay Mody, Ashish Aggarwal

Epicenter, a Swedish startup, offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand. “The biggest benefit I think is convenience,” said Patrick Mesterton, co-founder and CEO of Epicenter. As a demonstration, he unlocks a door by merely waving near it. “It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys.” And as with most new technologies, it raises security and privacy issues. While biologically safe, the data generated by the chips can show how often an employee comes to work or what they buy. This is a glimpse into the future where wearables are truly invisible. Read More

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2. I’ve Been Advising Startups for 10 Years — Here’s How I Hire World-Class Developers

By Steve Eakin – Business Insider

Digest: Developer

Curator: Malik Dixon

This article will give you full confidence when you make the hire. Additionally, by the end of the interview process, the developer is super invested in your company and is truly excited to play a part in it. Read More

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3. Mercedes Promises Self-Driving Taxis in Just Three Years

By Alex Davies –

Digest: Mobility & Transportation

Curators: Timo Hoffmann, Manuel Heckmann, Andy Palanisamy

Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, plans to launch a customer-serving, driver-free taxi service in as little as three years. Read More

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