Multi-Sensory Perception

RFID Update reports on massive overhauls in gambling technology, as casinos plan to roll out gaming chips embedded with RFID tags.

By equipping casinos with RFID readers and RFID-tagged chips, "the house" will be able to detect and monitor those things which the ubiquitous, human-manned video cameras often miss: card counting, dealer mistakes, chip counterfeiting, and chip theft. With every chip in the casino tagged, the possibilities for the detection of scams and loss centers are endless. Indeed, the gambling industry is probably approaching RFID-enabled visibility in much the same way as the supply chain folks: they can already quantify profound efficiencies to be gained, but they expect that even more as yet unimagined benefits will reveal themselves only after the systems are in place.

Like the case of the Boston Marathon described earlier, this appears to be a case of supplementing the panoptic visual sense with the pantactile touch sense. It is the last sentence that requires the most attention, however: what are the "benefits" that will reveal themselves after the systems are in place?

(via Bruce Sterling's cleverly titled Ocean's 11 011011001010111010 post)


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