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  • Democrats propose "DIgital Dollar"-What is the reason" (VANITY)

    03/24/2020 7:09:09 PM PDT · by rlmorel · 56 replies
    3/24/2020 | rlmorel
    Like many Americans, I am astonished and outraged at what the Democrat Party has attempted to do with the Coronavirus Relief Bill. I am not a fan of bailouts, but this situation is unprecedented, and I am inclined to go along with a bill to help people and businesses affected by this. And there are many. When I heard the list of things that had been inserted in this bill by Nancy Pelosi and her ilk, it made my blood boil. Then, when I began looking closer, the range of things seemed bizarrely disconnected, as if they had taken their...
  • New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill In Congress Creates U.S. Digital Dollar

    03/24/2020 3:44:41 AM PDT · by blueyon · 57 replies
    forrbes.com ^ | Mar 23, 2020 | Jason Brett
    As the markets continue to drop and the U.S. looks to Congress for agreement on a massive stimulus package to save the economy from impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the newest offer by House Democrats includes a very forward-looking kind of stimulus: the creation of a ‘digital dollar’ and the establishment of ‘digital dollar wallets.’ In what will send shock waves through the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry, particularly for those following central bank digital currencies around the world, this signals the U.S. is serious in establishing infrastructure for a central bank digital currency.
  • Silicon Valley’s final frontier for mobile payments — ‘the neoliberal takeover of the human body’

    09/08/2019 5:54:39 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 54 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 8 Sep 19 | Quentin Fottrell
    Ditching credit cards for facial recognition will remove the last physical barrier between our bodies and Corporate America Aram Sinnreich recently went grocery shopping at a Whole Foods Market in his hometown of Washington, D.C., and realized he had left his wallet at home. He had no cards and no cash, but he had no reason to worry — at least, not about paying for his food. “I used my iPhone to pay, and I unlocked it with my face,” he said. That’s when it struck him: We are just one small step away from paying with our bodily features...
  • Amazon apparently wants to turn your hand into an ID for store purchases

    09/04/2019 12:22:16 AM PDT · by cba123 · 41 replies
    The Next Web ^ | 15 minutes ago | by RAVIE LAKSHMANAN
    Amazon is reportedly working on speeding up checkouts at its physical stores by using your hand as a form of identification. According to a the New York Post, the retail giant is said to be quietly testing new scanners that can identify human hands to make a store purchase. The company intends to roll out the payment technology at its Whole Foods supermarket chain starting next year.
  • Molecular thumb drives: Researchers store digital images in metabolite molecules

    07/04/2019 12:20:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 3, 2019 | Brown University
    DNA molecules are well known as carriers of huge amounts of biological information, and there is growing interest in using DNA in engineered data storage devices that can hold vastly more data than our current hard drives. But new research shows that DNA isn't the only game in town when it comes to molecular data storage. A study led by Brown University researchers shows that it's possible to store and retrieve data stored in artificial metabolomes—arrays of liquid mixtures containing sugars, amino acids and other types of small molecules. For a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers...
  • House votes to overturn ban on national patient identifier

    06/14/2019 5:44:27 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 7 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 6-13-19 | Susannah Luthi and Jessica Kim Cohen
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $99.4 billion HHS appropriations bill with several amendments including reversing a longtime ban on developing a national patient identifier, money for hospital emergency departments dealing with opioid overdoses, and a nod to the anti-vaccination controversy. For decades, Congress has prohibited HHS from funding the development or promotion of any national program where patients would receive permanent, unique identification numbers. Lawmakers previously argued such a program could violate privacy issues or raise security concerns, while the medical community and insurers claimed the ban kept them from properly matching patients with the correct medical information....
  • Is China’s Social Credit System A Preview Of The Coming “Beast System”?

    02/23/2019 12:50:20 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 59 replies
    tecb ^ | 2/19/19 | Michael Snyder
    Virtually everything that you do online and offline is being monitored, tracked or recorded by someone. Could you imagine what life would be like if the government compiled all of that information into a giant database and used it to punish those that had engaged in politically-incorrect behavior? Here in the United States, Internet censorship has escalated dramatically, but over in China the government is cracking down on a much wider array of online and offline activities. If you fail to make a credit card payment, get into an argument in public or say the wrong thing on social media,...
  • You can get microchipped at Austin's 'body-hacking' conference

    02/22/2019 5:45:09 AM PST · by bgill · 11 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 22, 2019 | Chris Davis
    Advocates of "body hacking" will gather in Austin this weekend to promote everything from bionic limbs to human microchips that can serve as anything from identification to a car key... Goodman showed off his own most recent "hack," a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip in his left hand. It's the same technology veterinarians implant into pets as a way to identify dogs and cats, but humans are using them to make their lives simpler or, in some cases, safer. "You can log into your computer, you could open your doors" with the chips, Goodman said. "I know people who start their...
  • 'I don't want to live in the Matrix': Parking in some spots requires smartphone

    01/03/2019 8:02:08 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 63 replies
    BuffaloNews ^ | Jan 3, 2019 | Maki Becker
    Cindi Eckis doesn’t have a smartphone, and she doesn’t want one. “It makes my life simpler,” the Cheektowaga retiree said. But sticking with her flip phone will make it tougher for her and other low-tech motorists to find a place to park along some streets of downtown Buffalo. A new parking policy being rolled out by city officials adds parking zones where the only way to pay to park is through the Buffalo Roam parking app. Blue "Pay by app only" signs went up earlier this week on Cobblestone District streets. "Pay from your phone," the signs read. "Download Buffalo...
  • Are You Ready For A Chip Implant?

    11/04/2018 4:02:45 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 120 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/03/18 | John Brandon
    You walk into a grocery store and pick up eggs. No smartphone? No problem. You swipe your hand across a reader, and the amount is deducted from your bank account. If that sounds far-fetched, you obviously haven’t been to Sweden recently, where thousands of people have reportedly had chips implanted in their bodies. A company called Biohax has already “installed” around 4,000 chips in customers, inserted just below the thumb. They can use the implant to open secure doors, pay for tickets, and share emergency information with medical personnel. The chip is about the size of a Tylenol pill, and...
  • Brain implants used to treat Parkinson's can be hacked and used to control people, scientists warn

    11/01/2018 3:23:13 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 32 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 31 Oct 18 | Natasha Bernal
    Brain implants used to treat Parkinson's disease could be hacked by cyber attackers and used to control people, scientists have claimed. A report by the Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group and cyber security company Kaspersky claims that people's memories could be exploited by hackers and has called on cyber security companies, manufacturers and healthcare companies to develop new technology to stop them. Academics have previously warned that brain implants could prevent patients from "speaking or moving, cause irreversible damage to their brain, or even worse, be life-threatening". They claimed that hackers could overload or disable the system, and could damage...
  • Tourists complain as Sweden becomes more cash-free

    05/27/2018 3:14:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 27 May 2018 10:21 CEST+02:00 | TT/The Local
    As Sweden moves ever closer to a cashless economy, tourists are starting to complain, according to state promotion agency Visit Sweden.Ewa Lagerqvist, the agency’s chief executive, told Sweden’s TT newswire that Germans, who frequently use cash at home, expect to be able to do so in Sweden as well. “The Germans want to avoid the charges which banks take out on card payments, but they also cite deep-rooted privacy concerns when they consider why they want to be able to use cash,” she said. “For the Brits, it’s more purely the bank charges which annoy them.” Tourists also complain that...
  • Growing Acceptance Of Microchip Implants - Would You Get Chipped?

    05/21/2018 9:40:25 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 57 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 5/21/2018 | PNW Staff
    The use of microchip implants has been a focal point for many science fiction movies and books over the past few decades. Whereas it used to be the stuff of science fiction and Hollywood, the technology has now become a reality for humans. One Wisconsin-based company, Three Square Market, has implanted 50 employee volunteers with a small microchip in each employee's hand. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2278#h9xpyBj71ogbtKsi.99
  • Burning Man just released their 2018 theme and you won’t guess what it is

    12/29/2017 10:34:41 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 46 replies
    Christian Journal ^ | 12/28/17 | Emma
    Recently we reported that the Google founders chose their CEO by taking him to burning man, a ritualistic new age event of desolation. Burning Man released their plans for 2018, appropriately theming the Black Rock based event “I, Robot.” Here’s what they say about the event, originally posted on burningman.org: “This year’s art theme will focus on the many forms of artificial intelligence that permeate our lives; from the humble algorithm and its subroutines that sift us, sort us and surveil us, to automated forms of labor that supplant us. Are we entering a Golden Age that frees us all...
  • France to allow trading of securities via blockchain

    12/09/2017 8:41:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 9 December 2017 09:15 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France’s finance minister unveiled Friday a decree that would make it the first nation in Europe to allow the trading of some non-listed securities using the blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrencies. The decree, presented by Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire to the government, should enter into force by July at the latest and will apply to non-listed financial securities that EU law doesn’t require to be traded via an intermediary, a market worth potentially more than €3 trillion. In particular, this includes shares in mutual and hedge funds, negotiable debt securities, and unlisted stocks and bonds. Blockchain technology debuted in...
  • KFC China Customers Can Pay with Their Faces

    09/04/2017 9:23:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Food & Wine ^ | Elisabeth Sherman September 01, 2017 | Elisabeth Sherman September 01, 2017
    Back in January, Food and Wine reported that KFC China would be introducing a facial recognition system that would predict your order (it’s not as creepy as it sounds). Now it looks like the brand is enhancing that technology with additional features. According to Reuters, the system lets customers pay by face, just by approaching one of the store's newly unveiled monitors. The new device is located at a KFC outpost in the city of Hangzhou. The facial recognition system is called Smile to Pay, and it’s being featured at a Yum Brands (the company behind KFC) so-called concept store...
  • Wisconsin Company Three Square Market to Microchip Employees

    07/24/2017 1:23:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/24/2017
    A Wisconsin company is to become the first in the US to microchip employees. Three Square Market is offering to implant the tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip into workers' hands for free - and says everyone will soon be doing it. The rice grain-sized $300 (£230) chip will allow them to open doors, log in to computers and even purchase food. And so far, 50 employees have signed up for the chance to become half-human, half-walking credit card. But far from being some sort of dystopian nightmare, Three Square Market's Patrick McMullan believes everyone will soon be wanting their own...
  • Cyborgs at work: employees getting implanted with microchips

    04/03/2017 7:20:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    AP ^ | April 3, 2017 | James Brooks
    The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee's hand. Another "cyborg" is created. What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter. The company 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.
  • Lady Iniquity in an Ephah...Zechariah pt 7

    Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon...
  • Bill Would Allow Government to Locate People With Tracking Devices

    12/11/2016 4:45:41 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 45 replies
    Freebeacon.com ^ | December 11, 2016 | Ali Meyer
    Measure intended to protect people with disabilities who have wandered away A bill meant to help those with developmental disabilities would allow government agencies to locate people with tracking devices, which has some concerned the measure gives the federal government too much authority and power. In 2008, Kevin Curtis Wills, a 9-year-old boy with autism, jumped into a river near a park and drowned. In 2014, a 14-year-old boy with autism, Avonte Oquendo, left his school and drowned in a river. Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.), who chairs the Congressional Autism Caucus and the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force, introduced a...