[NetBehaviour] begging technology?

aharon misnom at spell.blue
Wed Jun 21 13:39:17 CEST 2017

Thanks Helen!
I think its a bit amazing how with a small alteration - seemingly harmless (eg to help beggars in a cashless world) - the nature of being a beggar changes. From someone that requires assistance on a temporary bases and is outside the official and controled numerical exchange system, to someone who might be controlled by that very system that put them to beg in the 1st place.. (ie no begging tech for you mate. or, I know how much money you got via begging, now pay some tax, etc..)
Perhaps it might turn begging into a career? 
What do you want to do in life?
For for what?
For bagger-all?

Hey.. good luck with the performance! will be good to hear more about it!

Have fun and much fun!

  June 21 2017 12:10 PM, "helen varley jamieson" <helen at creative-catalyst.com> wrote:
> it's happened already:
> http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/beggars-china-now-accepting-donations-via-mobile-payments-qr-codes-1618396
> http://www.odditycentral.com/news/amsterdam-introduces-contactless-payment-jackets-for-beggars.html
> 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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