Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Google has unveiled a new mobile phone which will include a built-in payment system that could eventually replace credit cards.
Google boss Eric Schmidt took the stage to kick off the Web 2.0 summit, a technology conference held annually in San Francisco.
Schmidt confirmed that Google has been working on a sophisticated new computer chip and an upgrade of its Android mobile operating system that will include a payment processing tool.
Google boss Eric Schmidt
Google boss Eric Schmidt holds up his Google phone as he speaks at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco last night

On first view this looks a fabulous idea.  How convenient instead of using a credit card and putting in a pin number, which after all takes 30 seconds, we can use our mobiles to instantly pay for something.

But, when you think about it, is this just a different route to ID cards and human chipping?  Once we can start to use a phone as a credit card, how convenient would it be to have all our information stored on a sim card.  We could maybe even get state mobiles, with all our medical and personal details on it, that we could use to access the NHS, banking, libraries, transport, shopping, etc, etc.

Now what happens if the State or the Electricity Company or your bank, think that you are a criminal, because you haven't paid a parking fine, or have a dispute with your electricity company or your bank, will they just SIMPLY TURN YOUR PHONE OFF, SO YOU HAVE FUCK ALL ACCESS TO ANY SERVICES?

We should think about it carefully, before we all rush to embrace this and if we do, remember in 20 years time, where you heard it first!


banned said...

I fuck Google off wherever I can, no GMail, no Google Earth or toolbar, mind you they run Blogger so that's me fucked.

it's all on the database said...

" We should think about it carefully, before we all rush to embrace this"

I doubt if people will think about it carefully. 500,000 people are rushing to give away their personal, medical, mental, biomedical, DNA, genetic and income details to the ukbiobank. What could possibly go wrong ?

Scotland's contribution to the biobank is even better. They've thrown in the family members aswell. 28,000 signed up so far.

Anonymous said...

The government are evil cunts and the utilities companies and banks are even worse.

But an all in one communicator and payment device is a great innovation. So are DNA biobanks. Iceland have one and its a very positive and useful thing.

Any tool is always going to be dangerous in that hands of a bastard but that doesn't make the tool itself any less usefull to the rest of us.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Banned, the problem is that you either live in a cave, (I wonder where Bin Laden gets his broadband from), or you embrace the technology. I was reading another bit last night about this Schmidt fucker says that the info that Google hold would be available to Governments. It is a worrying development, but as I said before, I won't be here, so it doesn't affect me as much.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Commander Data, that's quite interesting. The one big hoodoo there for me is the 'Wellcome Trust'. I don't trust big foundations. On the gist of it, it looks like it good be a good thing for medical research, if it stays at that. I have a problem with this NHS database too. One one hand, I don't like it and I'm not sure if they will keep the info to themselves and on the other hand, I might need it if my hart packs up and I'm not at home, which could happen sometime.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Anonymous, I don't doubt on the face of it, it is. But it's the ability for someone to turn it off and you becoming a 'non-person', that worries me.

it's all on the database said...

DL. Aye it's a good idea in theory - the big bio databank but we know it will fall into the hands of insurance companies and fraudsters. Plus the info is to be made available worldwide so that research can be co-ordinated. The volunteers don't even get told if their genes are defective yet the NHS etc can make millions selling the info. Too many people will have access to make your details safe. Going by past data leaks.
plus like you say Wellcome Trust are a private charity and will be handling the testing so hundreds will need access there aswell.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Mr Data, I wouldn't trust it with a bargepole personally if I had kids, but as I don't, I might just go with the flow and see where it takes me!

banned said...

Re Connecting For Health, the NHS superdatabase that is still years away from completion.

If all the clever people in America can't make their military Top Secrets secret what chance a bunch of quangocrats and 'consultants' working on the cheap in Britains NHS?

Dark Lochnagar said...

Banned, going by the salaries some of the fuckwits will be getting for getting it up, it should be the best in the world.

Amusing Bunni said...

When I first read about this I thought, what a dumb idea, but the deluded twats will rush to it.

I just use a pay as you go cheap cell phone, and would never link up anything, I don't even online bank, or sign up for auto paying bills, nothing. Still, like banned said,
there is Blogger, so we are all probably in trouble ;-)

Dark Lochnagar said...

Bunnis, if you don't think they have a dossier on you, you are being deluded and I KNOW you're not that!