Magazine article USA TODAY

Bye-Bye Credit Cards, Hello Digital Money

Magazine article USA TODAY

Bye-Bye Credit Cards, Hello Digital Money

Article excerpt

Cash and credit cards soon may give way to digital money--currency that can be sent over computer networks in the form of digital information. "Shopping on the Internet has prompted the development of a new kind of money," Vary Coates and Steven Bonorris, who made a study of digital money for the Institute of Technology Assessment in Washington, D.C., told the World Future Society, Bethesda, Md. They explained that it may take the form of electronic tokens stored on a computer's hard drive or on "smart" cards that can be loaded with various monetary values.

Millicents is a kind of electronic scrip that carries a signed message, a serial number, and an expiration date. Customers receive millicents from brokers and can then spend it using their modems.

CyberCoins exist as digital tokens that can be purchased from a bank and exchanged for online products that cost less than $10.

CyberCash is a system that utilizes software to create a gateway between the Internet and a credit card company's authorization network. …

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