Once confined to Hollywood blockbusters and sci-fi novels, in 2015, the number of humans upgraded by technological devices is increasing in number. Thanks to the invention and wide-spread adoption of implantable aids such as pacemakers, insulin pumps, hearing aids and deep brain stimulation systems, the world is filling with humans who could be considered part […]
EVER thought about ditching your office swipe card or key and having a microchip implanted into your hand instead? With the flick of a wrist you could open a secure door, operate a photocopier or pay for lunch in the canteen. Read More: Kathie McInnes: The schools using sci-fi techniques on pupils | Stoke Sentinel.
A new TSA drivers license could be mandatory for doing more than driving between states in 2016. Nevada and Idaho are among the states which could keep you grounded if you don’t have an advanced form of the card called the Real ID. Read More: TSA Drivers License: Agency Will Require Advanced ‘Real ID’ To […]
An Illinois driver’s license might not be enough identification to get you onto a commercial flight beginning next year. Read More: Your Illinois license won’t be enough to fly – DailyHerald.com.
They call it Electronic Money, or E-Money, but usually, Digital Cash. It is intangible money that exists only as entries in bank records and in the minds of the users. There are several electronic payment systems out there, with cutes names such as Bitcoin, PayTag, Pingit, Google Wallet, PayPal and mobile phone wave and pay, […]
Ecuador’s Sistema de Dinero Electrónico (electronic money system) kicked off in December by allowing qualifying users to set up accounts, and it will begin acting as a real means of transaction this month. Once the government flips the switch, the South American nation of 16 million will host the first-ever state-run electronic payment system. […]
Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We’re all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach – a chip under the skin. Read More: BBC News […]
The Justice Department has collected hundreds of millions of records using traffic cameras to track vehicles in real-time as part of a “secret domestic intelligence surveillance program,” the Wall Street Journal reported. Read More: Report: Justice Dept. Used Traffic Cameras as ‘Secret Domestic Surveillance Program’ | TheBlaze.com.
Edward Snowden, the infamous former contractor for the National Security Agency who leaked thousands of pages of previously classified NSA intelligence documents, reportedly thinks that Apple’s iPhone has “special software” that authorities can activate remotely to be able to gather information about the user. Read More: Edward Snowden: Apple iPhone with Secret iFeature Allows Government […]
The Kenya Financial Diaries, a fascinating project documenting the financial lives of hundreds of Kenyans over the course of a year, tells countless stories of people who had to forgo medical care or take their children out of school for want of a few dollars. Read More: 2015 Gates Annual Letter.