It is very hard to get away from electronic transactions. A cashless society is the final step in moving towards a completely paperless society since taxes can be filed electronically, court documents can be filed electronically and just about everything in our world depends upon computers. A cashless society is just a matter of time, not a matter of impossibility.
People will lose jobs like the Mint, banks and people who make safes. We will have no need for safes (money safes). Everything will be on the internet and nothing will be hidden from the government. They will know every payment and everything you earn. No homeless people on the streets- please sir may you swipe your card on my reader to give me money- who would do that? Less and less charity, no change to spare. Being a cashless society can happen but it doesn't mean that it is good
I think that while using cash has it's flaws, that becoming a cashless society would cause more problems. There is the option of bartering, but that was used in the past and largely abandoned as inferior because there were too many things that were unfair or difficult about the system.
Although we use many cashless methods for transactions, we also have the choice of using cash. This gives us the choice to remove all of our money from institutions and stuffing it under the mattress to do with as we please. Cash is a tangible representation of our hard work, net worth, freedom to choose etc. We would be slaves to credit companies, banks and the government if we elected to have a monetary system that only exists digitally. You would also be at the mercy of hackers. We would be totally dependent on a power supply, those of us that choose to live without gadgets would be forced to own them. What if you wanted to disappear? You would be giving up more than money if you subscribe to this horrifying possibility.
I don't think money is evil, people are. There is nothing wrong with money to the point that we need to eliminate. The only thing that needs to be altered is human. Currently, cash plays a very good role for motivating people because people do need to be motivated to do something. I doubt people would be motivated to go to work and be productive just in the name of harmony. Well, I do not think that is the case for Americans because we are so individualistic.
Although the world could go cashless in a relatively easy manner, it is better for us not to go cashless. In a time where credit card companies already rule the middle class, giving more opportunities for credit card companies to scrape the money out of peoples pockets is not an ideal one.
No, although idea cash has caused so much corruption around the world; without it, there would be no monetary system to keep the world economies in flow. We need cash as a value system as it allows people to "trade" their skills with one another, without the confusion of determining the value of each skill set.
For all the valid arguments about money leading to corruption, I'd love to hear how a global society functions without some form of currency. Things need to have value and they need to have a universally agreed upon thing to value them with. If we decided to junk the whole idea of currency and go to pure bartering we'd have ourselves one heck of a dysfunctional mess.