QR Codes: It’s a revolution

QR Codes: It’s a revolution

QR CodesQR codes are something that is revolutionizing the United States and other countries around the world.  A QR code is a two-dimensional matrix bar code that is used to identify products. It can store up to 4,296 alphanumeric or 7,089 numeric characters (pcmag.com).  It was originally made for the automotive industry but has since been applied to many different industries and has the opportunity to change the way we live our lives.

QR codes have been placed in various places for people to quickly scan with their phone to access the hidden information.  The codes are unidentifiable until scanned, so no one knows what the codes say or even what they are for.  This unidentifiable information could be taken to the next level if applied to certain industries.

At a certain time in someone’s life, one may have to take advantage of the assistance the government provides when in a time of need.  The government offers a variety of different assistance programs such as food stamps, unemployment and health care.  When one has these assistance programs, he/she is given a card for that specific program which is often times a certain color and easily visually identifiable.  This could be embarrassing for people, especially if they have never before needed assistance.

QR codes could ease the embarrassment of using these government assistance cards.  Rather than the cards being a certain color or having any words on them at all, they could simply be one big QR code.  In order to do this, the government would have to reshape how things are done.  They would have to accommodate the use of these codes and constantly update the information of the people using the cards.  Also, in order for all of the embarrassment to be removed, it would help if other industries did this as well.  If all of the debit and healthcare cards looked the same, no one would know who has what.  Doing this would also provide a sense of privacy for people.

It would take a lot of effort to get these cards changed but it would be worth all of the trouble.  People should not feel ashamed when they are going through a tough time and have to take advantage of the assistance.  By having these unidentifiable cards, other people would not even be able to know the card holders name until the card is scanned.  QR codes are revolutionizing the world. This is the future.

By Tasha McClure

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One Response to “QR Codes: It’s a revolution”

  1. Jessica Says:

    Very insightful article of how technology advances can be used for the greater good in society.