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Vein authentication is only commonly used in high security areas – now Hitachi and Coca Cola plan to introduce this technology for the use of consumers as well. People will be able to pay for their drinks at vending machines with nothing but their fingertip, with the amount of money being withdrawn automatically from their bank account.
Why it matters
The individual human body is becoming a digitally readable medium. Perhaps payment by finger is an extreme but isn’t it just another example of the move towards a cashless/cardless society?
O2 together with NatWest are launching a chip and pin card for children as young as 13. While the Load and Go card will not allow any overdrafts, it allows children to shop online at outlets that take Visa and withdraw cash from ATMs. Parents can then receive transaction details.
With banks making it more and more difficult to borrow, people are looking for new ways to finance their projects. Dutch filmmaker and artist Alex van Warmerdam decided to take matters into his own hands when he needed money for his latest movie project. Rather than turning to traditional investors, he paints canvases that he later sells to finance his movie project.