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Cell phones that can identify you by how you walk. Fingerprint scanners that work from 25 feet away. Radars that pick up your heartbeat from behind concrete walls. Algorithms that can tell identical twins apart. Eyebrows and earlobes that give you away. A new generation of technologies is emerging that can identify you by your physiology. And unlike the old crop of biometric systems, you don't need to be right up close to the scanner in order to be identified. If they work as advertised, they may be able to identify you without you ever knowing you've been spotted.
While the technologies proved helpful in verifying identities at entry points from Iraq to international airports, the hype -- or panic -- surrounding biometrics never quite panned out. Even after all that investment, scanners still aren't particularly good at finding a particular face in the crowd, for example; variable lighting conditions and angles (not to mention hats) continue to confound the systems. Eventually, the biometrics market -- and the government enthusiasm for it -- cooled off. The technological development has not. Corporate and academic labs are continuing to find new ways to ID people with more accuracy, and from further away.
Here are 11 projects.
My, what noticeable ears you have. So noticeable in fact that researchers are exploring ways to detect the ears' features like they were fingerprints. In 2010, a group of British researchers used a process called "image ray transform" to shoot light rays at human ears, and then repeat an algorithm to draw an image of the tubular-shaped parts of the organ. The curved edges around the rim of the ear is a characteristic -- and most obvious -- example. Then, the researchers converted the images into a series of numbers marking the image as your own. Finally, it's just a matter of a machine scanning your ears again, and matching it up to what's already stored in the system, which the researchers were able to do accurately 99.6 percent of the time.
Originally posted by LiberalSceptic
reply to post by anon72
The Nazis would have loved to have the forced society we live in today.
We read in history books how people felt uncomfortable and scared, having to show papers everywhere, how people were told to tell about their neighbor whom did not act correctly. Sounds familiar....
Still, people accept that all that is happening now again... (of course not all people)
When it comes to surveillance and restrictions, we live in the "third reich 2.0" on steroids.edit on 25-1-2013 by LiberalSceptic because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by jimmiec
Sometimes i think a world wide EMP could have a positive result in the long run. All these electronic gadgets that were supposed to make our life better have had the opposite effect.