HANNOVER, Germany, March 16 (UPI) -- Alibaba's founder revealed on Sunday the company's plan to let people pay for things by scanning their face.
"Online payments are always a big headache. You forget your password... you worry about security," Jack Ma, said at the CeBit technology conference in Hannover, Germany.
Ma found a souvenir stamp on Alibaba with his phone, hit the buy button, then he scanned his face using his phone. "In six days this stamp will be delivered to the office of the mayor of Hannover," Ma said.
The service, called "Smile to Pay," is being developed by Ant Financial. Ant handles much of Alibaba's financial services.
Some tech experts are concerned with the idea. Chris Plante at The Verge joked that you could get a crude paper cutout of a drawing of someone's face and steal their identity. "Alibaba's facial technology won't be fooled by Halloween masks, but how it will know the difference between a human and a high-resolution image remains a huge question," he wrote.