We have talked about it for years. At first, it was with audacity that we spoke about the ridiculous notion that humans would ever meekly accept a cashless, identity-less society. No rational, thinking human being would every consider being tattooed or imprinted or embedded with a mark that would serve as their only method of identification and trade. And only a corrupt government would impose such an institution.
Now, we discuss these matters in hushed tones, worried that "they" might hear us and brand us terrorists. Now, we wonder whether it will come under the guise of providing immediate access to health care records or protecting our children from predators or saving us from identity theft. And we wonder if they are going to ask us to consent, or if they are just going to mandate compliance.
The future cometh. Biometric "Unique Identification Numbers" are in the future of every citizen of India. Although they are not yet in "chip" form, they will be using biometric information such as finger prints (of all ten fingers) iris scans and pictures of the face. It is anticipated that UID's will be used for financial transactions. A news article states;
Indeed, government “officials” have already stated that the database will be used by intelligence agencies for the purpose of monitoring “bank transactions, cellphone purchases and the movements of individuals and groups suspected of fomenting terrorism.” This will be very easy to do since the UID number will be entered anytime an individual “accesses services from government departments, driver’s license offices and hospitals, as well as insurance, telecom, and banking companies.”
It's easy to think that India is a long way away - that will never happen here. But think again. History has taught us that evil will make its way around.
Beware. The future cometh.