Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Is Big Brother right around the corner?

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

Have you heard about Square?

You sign up online, start tabs at all your favorite stores (like Walgreens, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, Macys…), enter your debit or credit information, and your smartphone does the rest.

Stop in at Starbucks and your phone talks to the register. Bingo, your name and photo flash over to the clerk. So does your payment information. No cash, no card swiping, no hassle. Next, Office Max for a few supplies. By the time you walk in the door, the cashier has all your pertinent information.

Cash is dead! Or will be soon.

Does this sound like utopia to you? Frankly, it scares me silly. I place a high value on my privacy.

1984 introduced telescreens that monitored the oppressed inhabitants of Oceania.

George Orwell couldn’t have envisioned our modern technology way back in 1949, but he came close enough.

Because one day very soon, Big Brother will be watching us from those cell phones in our pockets.


Aurian said...

This sounds too scary. I do not want shops and companies to extract money from my account, without me actively ok-ing it. How do you know they don't charge you the stuff the table next to you has had?

Kaye said...

We're already past my comfort zones!
I don't know how any place can refuse cash as long as our money says legal tender for all debts. Groupon always says, we want to know more about you. Ha, you know more than enough is my thought.

Jeannie D. said...

That's why GPS is on the smart phones and IPhones. They already do!

LD Masterson said...

I fear Big Brother is already here.

Heather Blake Webber said...

I don't even like electronic deposits and banking. I'm clinging to my checkbook!

grammajudyb said...

That's a bit scary to me too. I am trying to embrace the new technology, do my banking electronically, of course order books and gift cards on the internet, but have not graduated to an iPhone or any other "smart" device.

Gayle Carline said...

I love my Square. I don't use it that way, though. I go to author festivals and other events and use it to take credit card payments on my books.

Square makes me $$. If it's my Big Brother, he takes good care of me.