Soft cash in, hard cash out

 作者:归韵昝     |      日期:2019-03-03 06:12:01
By Dana Mackenzie MONEY makes the world go around, but not always as conveniently as one might wish. There’s never enough cash in your wallet; the coins in your purse only weigh you down. Then there is the pile of bank cards to squeeze in, and as if that weren’t enough, store cards just keep multiplying. But that is all set to change. A raft of new technologies is appearing that will suck up that cash and dump it into a handy electronic device, liberating our pockets from crumpled notes, jangling change and wads of cards. These electronic alternatives are promising to bring about an explosion in the number of ways of paying for things and perhaps usher in currencies that work quite differently from dollars, pounds and euros. We are already used to paying with credit or debit cards rather than cheques or cash. But what if you want to make a payment online that is as anonymous as cash? An international system now being developed could do the trick. Other times you might buy goods with your frequent-flier miles. Or if you commute every day, you might use a payment card that will net you a discount on your next subway ride. You might even choose a payment system that’s designed to benefit your community. And because it will all be computerised,