Venezuela to install finger scanners to tackle shortages

In Venezuela, the new year has brought little change to the scarcity problem that is becoming alarming: long lines across the country to buy even the most basic products.

We’ve discussed many times how a generation would embrace a system in which would consist of the population embedding chips under their skins or using their fingerprints and retina scans to purchase food, open doors or even checking your emails. And what’s happening out of Venezuela is a good example of this. Reports indicate that Venezuela will begin installing some 20,000 fingerprint scanners at supermarkets nationwide in a bid to stamp out hoarding and panic buying, which the government blames for long lines and widespread shortages of basic goods. The oil-rich nation has been selectively rolling out the rationing system for months at state-run supermarkets along the western border with Colombia, where smuggling of price-controlled goods is a major problem. On Saturday, President Nicolas Maduro said that seven large private retail chains had voluntarily agreed to install the scanners. FULL REPORT