I don't know if you've been paying attention, but you may have noticed that there's a bit of a recession going on at the moment. Stock prices are crashing around the globe, and I'm pretty sure that the Euro is now worth less than Monopoly money. It's very much like the Great Depression of the 1930s all over again - except that, this time, the bankers don't have the decency to throw themselves out of windows.
The solution, David Cameron, Angela Merkel and Barack Obama assure us, is for everyone to go out and spend more money. That'll kickstart our economies, they assure us. More transactions. A lot more.
So they'll probably thank me for this article that I wrote over at All Things Oracle about autonomous transactions. Have a read; you may thank me too.