The changing nature of business continues to amaze me. While I laughed at the recent story about Facebook turning of it’s Artificial Intelligence robots which had invented their own language for communication between themselves there are aspects of modernization that unnerve me.
Our recent car purchase was timed to take advantage of the Subaru 0% financing offer. It worked out well for us and I’m happy with the results. I was a bit concerned about paper flow. We’re down here in S. Texas, the first payment was due in 45 days and I needed sufficient time to allow our daughter to receive the mail and forward it to us.
Well, it turns out that worry wasn’t needed. Subaru does their financing through Chase Bank. We still have not received paperwork from Chase, but they have already figured out that we have an account with them and appended the finance account to our online business portfolio. So, a little time spent familiarizing myself with their design metaphor which differs considerably from that at BMO Harris Bank and we had our business with them all set up for the duration of the loan. I love auto pay!
It’s a little disconcerting how easily computers and robots figure out who’s responsible for what. I’m glad I’m not into illegal activity because I can see how it’s going to be harder and harder for the “bad guys” to launder money — still as a customer I’m both reassured and alarmed at how electronic banking has taken over the world.
On our last visit to Milwaukee we met with two different bankers and I found out that Chase has a problem with receiving cash deposits. According to the banker about two years ago they make a corporate decision to no longer accept cash deposits. It was supposedly instigated by Homeland Security and in the complicating the interests of terrorists who move large sums of cash. Once again, I’m not certain how I feel about that. I know small businessmen who accept cash in payment for services rendered. I can see how such a policy could complicate their life significantly. And whether I want to think better safe than sorry, there’s the old-world part of me that wants to say life is just getting too complicated.
I touched base with our Apple retailer about my long-delayed and much needed laptop keyboard. It seems there’s some possibility it may be available before mid September. I can’t wait… Well, I HAVE TO wait but I’m doing it impatiently.
I am coping with my iPad. There are some things I really like about it. Some things I really don’t. The whole thing about not being able to create files and save them is a huge design idiom change. Heck — even the ability to rename image files is complicated. But the key is learning to work with the design and not fight it. So, I’m exercising my passive genes. 🙂