Prophecy Sign: Technology for the coming Mark of the Beast
It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. Revelation 13:16-17 NIV
Should Israelis fear biometric database?
In a related matter, an Israeli government pilot program to establish a biometric database of all citizens is scheduled to conclude in March 2016. With Israelis in a panic over the ongoing wave of terror attacks by Palestinians, the timing couldn't be more perfect for the public's acceptance, with resignation, of a far-reaching violation of privacy, even though it is rather doubtful that such a violation would actually help against terrorism.
The Knesset passed a bill in December 2009 to establish a biometric database of all citizens. Given the controversy over the proposed bill, however, the Ministry of Interior launched a voluntary pilot project in July 2013, offering citizens the option of having their biometric indices — that is, scanned facial features and fingerprints — stored in the database. Under the plan, the pilot was to be carried out over two years, after which the government would decide whether to enact into law the bill requiring all citizens to participate.
Tech and Banking Giants Ditch Bitcoin for Their Own Blockchain
Several major companies from across both the technology and financial industries—including IBM, Intel, and Cisco as well as the London Stock Exchange Group and big-name banks JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and State Street—have joined forces to create an alternative to the blockchain, the global online ledger that underpins the bitcoin digital currency. Overseen by the not-for-profit Linux Foundation, this open source project aims to build blockchain-like technology that can bring a new level of automation and transparency to a wide range of services in the business world, including stock exchanges and other financial markets.
Dubbed the Open Ledger Project, this effort is a re-imagining of several big ideas. The blockchain is essentially a database that runs across a worldwide network of independent machines—a database that’s controlled by no single entity but can still reliably track the exchange of assets, thanks to some nifty mathematics.