First biometric payments reach London: users could be 'compromised for life'

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First biometric payments reach London: users could be 'compromised for life'
17th October 2014

At the Wired conference, Not The One Show were introduced to biometric payments, which have made their way to London for the first time. 

There was also ASIMO, Honda's humanoid robot.

The new cards allow users to make contactless payments. However, they differ to cards currently in two significant ways. Firstly, there is no upper limit on the cards' usage as the operate in the same was a debit or credit card. 

However, the major difference is that these cards are protected by fingerprint technology. Given that no two fingerprints are alike (even for identical twins), the theory follows that the card would be more secure than ever. By simply pressing your finger or thumb to pay, it's hoped the cards would be easier than ever to use. 

Technology writer San Shama talks us through how these cards could revolutionalise payments - but also the risks that fingerprint technology presents. For instance, there is a worry that fingerprints could be lifted from glass, in much the same way police dust for prints. 

Shama also talks us through ASIMO, Honda's humanoid robot. Humanoid it may be, but sadly human butlers are a long way off. 

Our Not The One Panel discuss whether technology has gone too far below. Tonight's panel were comedian Yianni, digital director of the National Theatre David Sabill and digital features editor for the Evening Standard, Amira Hashish.  


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