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Old 13.01.2021, 13:50
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Re: UBS branch office closures

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I wrote my bachelor thesis on the feasibility of an online banking device and corresponding service geared towards people who are currently banking exclusively offline either due to their generation, lack of technical expertise or fear of using such tools. Banks have been closing branches at a rate of knots for over a decade now. Many people now get neighbours or family members to help them with online banking but this leaves them vulnerable to the less honest elements of society as well as them not being available to help when needed. Furthermore, if someone who is not internet savvy suddenly gets online to do banking, they are easy targets for scammers, malware and other nasty goings on.
My Dad was a computer specialist in his youth. He did Fortran on punch cards and all that and knew the ins and outs of computers before most people even knew what a computer was. He programmed and ran simulations on how the next generation of computers were going to work, and there is even a method named after him. He was also using email at a time that there were only a couple of thousand email users in the world and was regularly invited by commissions and other such bodies to advise on the future of computers and on potential uses and feasibility. So he was pretty much at the cutting edge of it all for most of his life.

Now he's 82 and he struggles with online banking stuff and prefers to stay away from it. Computers today are just too different from the computers he knows about.

So f it happened to him it could happen to any of us.
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