[NetBehaviour] begging technology?

helen varley jamieson helen at creative-catalyst.com
Wed Jun 21 13:09:05 CEST 2017

it's happened already:



i find this all very disturbing; the push for the digitisation of ALL
transactions is being driven by banks & IT companies, who stand to make
huge profits from it, & governments who will gain incredibly
fine-grained information about minute details of our lives - from  where
we drank a coffee & with whom to, well, everything that we spend money
on. the situation in india last year when the government abruptly
withdrew 500 & 1000 rupee notes from circulation - which massively
dissadvantaged poor rural people - was more about forced digitisation
than about dealing with the black market. the black market is of course
already flourishing in the digital world.

living in germany, i've observed that german people are more attached to
cash than for example british or new zealanders. there is a respect for
cash & a distrust of having everything so documented & trackable. so
there is some resistance to it here.

some of us UpStagers are working now on a new performance called "Cash
Flow" that is looking at this move to digitisation & what it means. what
we lose from not having cash, what we gain, what we should be aware/wary
of in this massive shift to how we as individuals live and exchange with
one another.

h : )

On 21.06.2017 10:54, aharon wrote:
> Hiyas,
> Here's a quick question..
> Once we get used to not using paper and coin oriented money.. Once the cards and mobile paying methods will be the only way for payments -
> how do we give for people begging in the streets? Or performing begging in the streets? Or just singing in the rainy streets for some numerical exchange?
> Will beggars have to have a card reading device?
> Will they have to pay commissions to visa and such?
> Will street begging become not just an outcome of capitalist occupation but also another way for capitalism to squeeze  and monopolise capital out of societies?
> Maybe we could have a begging robot that could be rented out for people in need..?
> Have fun!
> aharon
> xx
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