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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be able to pay for their drinks at vending machines with nothing but their fingertip, with the amount of money being withdrawn automatically from their bank account.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?
Owing to reports that nearly one in nine employees in London’s banking, finance and insurance sector is gay, Credit Suisse has identified a niche in an otherwise congested market and implemented a bespoke banking service targeted specifically at the City's homosexuals. The service is provided by gay advisors and includes not just traditional banking offerings but also components tailored to such events as adoption and civil partnership.
German economic scientists have set up an online platform called ‘TweetTrader’ that helps analyze stock and market information provided by tweets on Twitter. It aims at predicting market outcomes by using textual analysis filters and specific algorithms.