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 - fromĀ  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
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