When Brenden Walker got his new MasterCard PayPass ATM card in the mail last month, he headed to the gas station to try it out.
To test the card's "Tap N Go" convenience, he passed it in front of the scanner, which activated with a beep and displayed the word "authorizing ... " on its LCD screen.
Pets and people are getting chip implants under their skin that carry identification or medical information. Governments are beginning to use radio chips in driver's licenses and passports. Retailers use them to track inventory. The banks that are now using chips in their credit and cash cards say they make transactions more efficient -- and more convenient for customers.
If you've ever read the Bible (specifically the New Testament), Revelation 13:16-17 should sound familiar to you:
16He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
You won't see me out on the sidewalk preaching fire and brimstone any time soon, however, we've seen it before and we'll see it again. With any new technology comes a thousand ways to exploit it to the detriment of society. This one's no different.