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    From Bartering to Bitcoin: A Visual History of Payments Part 2

    Mankind has been interacting with payments technology since the literal dawn of civilization. In part one of our two-part infographic series, we explored how the very first methods of payment used on earth developed into the familiar credit cards we all carry around in our wallets today.

    You may have noticed that our first timeline spanned thousands of years, while the second part covers roughly three decades. Why the disparity? Two words—digital revolution. In the 1990s, an entirely new digital environment was created—the Internet. The subsequent development and popular adoption of web-based technology have exploded over the past 30 years, resulting in rapid advances in payment technology.

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    James Patrick

    James Patrick is head of Risk Products at SWBC, and is leading the effort to bring to market a new portfolio of solutions that protect clients in a complex, evolving world. Prior to joining SWBC, James was in charge of digital experiences for the full customer lifecycle at a Fortune 100 insurance company. James also served as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army and founded a terrorism risk software company in Austin, Texas.

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