Cashless Society? No Thanks

Cashless Society? No Thanks

Every day one hears about the impending demise of physical cash - the dirty coins and banknotes that our grandfathers used for everyday transactions, and some filthy criminals still use today - and the upcoming transition to a cashless society. To us geeks that seems initially a good idea - more virtual, more wired, more connected, more cyber - but then one has second thoughts. Cashless society? I say NO, thanks. Not yet. Sweden Leads in Cashless Transactions. Cashless as they intend it means 24/7 surveillance. It's a tool of Big Brother. If you have doubts, let me lay them to rest for....


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