I found an interesting article about easy cards on BBC's website. It is about "easycards" in Taiwan that do everything - open your office door, check in at school, ride the bus, go to a hospital, or even buy lunch. Kids have them, adults have them, and they are extremely popular.
|Everything is tied to this one card|
While on the surface this might not seem entirely relevant to the class, to me it is paralleled by things like Google accounts or the ability to have an account on so many sites simply with a facebook account. They are very versatile accounts to have and make the prospect of having the account hacked more worrying. Also, the easycard seems to be something that could feasibly be on the horizon for other countries - perhaps America too?
|Everything all tied to your facebook...a good thing?|
I personally use my facebook to log in at other sites - but typically it is for sites I would not use as often and therefore do not want a completely new account and password for. I personally enjoy the convenience factor of it - and the Easy card definitely is in that vein. I find it to be very interesting personally. However, the fact that it contains so much important information - with newer models having your picture and name - and is a physical object make me think that it is probably not something that would be as practical.
What do you think? Will easycards (or something like it) emerge in America in the next few years? What do you think of facebook integration on other websites?