Living in Vein by Bill Storie
A couple of days ago I was reading an article about science and technology and what we might expect in 2017. One particular idea caught my attention.
Using your veins to identify you electronically. Hmmm.
So, the idea is that for example you walk into your local bar, insert your wrist into a machine on the counter and it reads your veins. It knows what drink you like, orders the drink for you, and charges your credit card. Cool huh?
The chances of fraudulent copying are one in 39 Billion. That should just about be enough.
But it did get me to wondering what might happen if you inadvertently rub you right up against some other machine without knowing you did it…
Suppose you are standing in a jewelry shop and rub against one of the machines. You obviously don’t receive a necklace or the ring because you didn’t want one so you walk out of the shop. Then the credit card statement comes in and tells you that you were charged $8,000. You are way over your limit, your card has been cancelled and you must appear in court for fraudulent practice.
Or what if someone else has a machine on their wrist and you shake hands, and end up marrying someone you just met yesterday? Or you just transferred $1,000 into their bank account from your credit card.
Are we taking this technology stuff too far?
When you were a child did you ever think you would have a mobile telephone that you could call people around the other side of the world while you were driving or walking along the street? If that wasn’t star trekkie enough for you, how’s about that same mobile being able to take photos?
Clearly advances in medical technology have been, and continue to be, wonderful. But this communications stuff is something else. The fact that we can talk to anyone anywhere at any time is a great idea, but without that technology would we actually want to talk to them?
Are we making Friends with people on Facebook that we would never in a million years want to be friends with, or even know they existed?
It amazes me to watch people talk to each other across a coffee shop floor by telephone, when a mere saunter across the room would be more than adequate. Maybe it’s a generational thing.
I did read a report yesterday that we Oldsters are using social media considerably more than ever before. We seem to be increasing our time on Facebook and email etc. Either we have nothing else to do or we are addicted to staying in touch.
So, I don’t know what new gadgets or websites or social platforms the gurus amongst us will come up with but I’m sure there will be eye-opening inventions that we will all marvel at.
I hope you have an enjoyable time over the New Year period and I wish you a very Happy and Prosperous 2017.
By Bill Storie