Australia is not running towards cashless economy

Over the last few years, thousands of Swedes have had a biometric microchip implanted into their hands so they do not have to carry keycards, IDs or even train tickets.

It is another step in the move towards a completely cashless society which we have probably been heading towards since Frank McNamara, of Diners Club fame, introduced the first credit card back in 1950. Then again, US archaeologist Jonathan Mark Kenoyer says ancient civilisations in the Indus Valley used clay tablets in much the same way as credit cards over 5000 years ago.

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

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