One in four Australians say they are at least slightly interested at the prospect of having a chip implanted in their skin that could be used for payments. This is the finding of a survey conducted by credit card company Visa.
The survey also showed that 32% of Australians would be interested in paying with a smart watch, 29% with a smart ring, 26% with smart glasses, and 26% would be interested in paying with a connected car.
“Australians are among the world’s earliest adopters of new technology,” said George Lawson, Head of Emerging Products and Innovation for Visa in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. “In a changing industry, it’s important we hear from the next generation of thinkers about what payments could look like, not just in the near future but in a world where our devices are capable of even more than they are today.”
The results of the survey were announced together with news of a new partnership between Visa and the University of Technology Sydney to explore the future of wearable technology.
While it may be one thing to make payment using a smart watch or a smart ring, it is worrisome that a substantial proportion of Australians seem to have no qualms about having a biochip implanted in them. Perhaps they are not aware of the warnings of the bible: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” (Revelation 14:9b-11; NIV)