A Revolution in Money

Articles / National News

New York Times Dealbook by Andrew Ross Sorkin

“We are going to have individually issued currencies. We already have corporations issuing currency: frequent-flier miles, although people don’t see them as that from a legal perspective,” said Heather Schlegel, a futurist and social scientist who recently started a project called the Future of Money as an online documentary series supported through — what else — Kickstarter, a crowdsourced investment tool.

Ms. Schlegel is hoping to explore various new payment methods, transactions and what it all means. Some of her exploration is beyond anything we can comprehend today: She considers, for example, the kind of manipulation of the subconscious that happens in the 2010 movie “Inception” as something that could really happen in the future.