Brave New World or Future Shock?

Identity management, says Professor Ian Angell of the LSE, is a ‘Gravy train.’

Ian is speaking at an event I’m chairing next month and he comments:

"Any companies involved in IT should stick their snout in the trough now, because it's going to be a gravy train," said Professor Ian Angell, head of the LSE's department of information systems. "Some companies are worried about the effect on their brand when the scheme fails, as it will. Don't worry — just blame the government."

"This is a huge opportunity for IT companies, as there are no downsides. Bid for everything — the system will be so huge, there won't be enough manpower in the country to deliver. And you can put in ridiculous prices, because the system won't work. It's a Mad Hatter's tea party," he adds:

“If you're a UK citizen it may be time to start thinking about a move to mainland Europe, where there are plenty of countries that aren't so intrusive about your life. Bless the Schengen agreement. If you're an American keep an eye on what happens here. It’s probably your future, too.”

One day soon perhaps, we’ll all have our own unique barcode tattooed on our heads. One government leader from the Middle-east told me that they are thinking of linking their national ID cards with a person’s DNA profile, once the technology becomes pervasive. So you ID card number become an algorithm of your DNA code. Welcome to the Brave New World of the future!

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