USA - Takeover of the Human Body for Payment

Arno Froese

Aram Sinnreich recently went grocery shopping at a Whole Foods Market in his hometown of Washington, D.C., and realized he had left his wallet at home. He had no cards and no cash, but he had no reason to worry—at least, not about paying for his food. “I used my iPhone to pay, and I unlocked it with my face,” he said.

That’s when it struck him: We are just one small step away from paying with our bodily features alone. With in-store facial-recognition machines, he wouldn’t even need his smartphone. Sinnreich, associate professor of communication studies at American University, said he got a glimpse of the future that day.

Biometric mobile wallets—payment technologies using our faces, fingerprints or retinas—already exist. Notable technology companies including Apple and Amazon await a day when a critical mass of consumers is sufficiently comfortable walking into a store and paying for goods without a card or device, according to Sinnreich, author of “The Essential Guide to Intellectual Property.”

Removing the last physical barrier—smartphones, watches, smart glasses and credit cards—between our bodies and corporate America is the final frontier in mobile payments. “The deeper the tie between the human body and the financial networks, the fewer intimate spaces will be left unconnected to those networks,” Sinnreich said.

Juniper, a U.K.-based firm that provides research on the global high-tech communications sector, said it expects growth to be driven both by “industry standardization initiatives” like Visa’s Secure Remote Commerce and by the introduction by smartphone vendors of different forms of biometric authentication.

“Using biometrics as a method of payment is going to be pretty popular in the future,” said Hannah Zimmerman, associate attorney with Fey LLC in Leawood, Kan. She said this will be propelled by “the globalization of commerce” and the fact that companies in the U.S. will want to find new ways to facilitate cross-border transactions.

“There is no generally applicable federal law that regulates the private sector’s collection and use of biometric information in the U.S.,” Zimmerman, the attorney, wrote in a 2018 paper, “The Data of You: Regulating Private Industry’s Collection of Biometric Information.”

Sinnreich, the communications professor, said he believes biometric payments will happen in the U.S. but only when people are comfortable with them. The amount of data we could eventually give up would leave people exposed to a life of “digital redlining,” he said. “What does it mean that we are inviting these networks into our bodies and interpersonal relationships?”, 7 October 2019

Arno's commentary

This is not surprising, for humans—created by God—are so unique, that of the over seven billion population, there are no two alike. With this fact in mind, we understand that computer technology can store the unique features of every person on earth: face, fingerprints, retinas, etc. That enables this technology to allow someone to walk into a store, take the products, and walk out. Cash is apparently old-fashioned, even credit cards in this case.

Thus, we see that this type of technology is racing toward the ultimate goal of the god of this world: registering all people on planet earth.

A similar type of registration we find at the birth of Christ. “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David)” (Luke 2:1-4). The Gentile world ruler, Caesar Augustus, did not realize the prophetic significance. Because Joseph and Mary’s residence was in Nazareth, in order to have prophecy be fulfilled, Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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