Brainwaves To Be Used As Identification
The cutting edge of biometrics is the new idea of using brainwaves as identification
The cutting-edge of the new technologies commonly known as biometrics are receiving an update. Forget about the thumb-scanners, iris and retina scanners, and even those full-body scanners that have been recently installed at some of the world's largest and best-known airports. The new rage in biometrics is using your brainwaves as personal identification.
I try to remain hopeful and optimistic about the world around me, but when I hear about things like this, it gets my blood boiling. With brainwave I.D., no one will ever leave home WITHOUT their identification --- as it will be stored safely in their head. This is NOT some sci-fi 'theory,' but the real deal, and it is coming soon to public spaces near YOU!
Think about this . . .
When (and NOT if) these brainwave I.D. scanners are implemented, what will become of ideas such as ILLEGAL SEARCH AND SEIZURE, privacy, and an individual's right to privacy regarding their own thought processes? When we enter a public courthouse, for instance, will we be forced to be scanned to see if we are THINKING bad thoughts? Our brainwave patterns are supposed to be as individual as our fingerprints, and as such, will we be forced to undergo some sort of re-education training if it has been determined that we are too free, too individual, and refuse to march lock-step with the sheeple that surround us in our lives?
And believe me, if THIS is the kind of technology that THEY are admitting to, you can safely assume that the technology that THEY truly harbor is much more advanced than what is being admitted to in the article below. And you know full well who THEY are, don't you?!
With external technologies such as NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING, already the freedom of private thought is endangered. Take a look at the non-lethal weaponry that is now being used against those of us who protest in the streets, technologies that are designed to manipulate thought and brainwave patterns are already out there, being used against people whose only CRIME (so to speak) is their exercising of their own Constitutional rights of FREE SPEECH, ASSEMBLY, and the right to have their GRIEVANCES REDRESSED by the government.
What is it going to be NEXT?!
Brainwaves To Be Used As Identification
‘Pass-thoughts’ are the new fingerprints
December 15, 2005
OTTAWA - Canadian researchers hope to soon be able to use brain waves to unlock doors and get access to bank accounts.
Some companies are already offering iris recognition systems that many countries want to put into biometric passports. But Julie Thorpe, a researcher at Carleton University in
Ottawa wants to take the idea much further.
She says it is possible to do away with key cards, pin numbers and a litany of other security tools that allow people to retrieve bank money, access computer data or enter restricted building.
“A user would simply think their password,” said Thorpe, who hopes to develop the first biometric security device to read your mind to authenticate users.
Her idea, yet to be proven viable for commercial application, assumes that brainwave signals, like fingerprints, vary slightly from person to person, even when they think alike.
“Everyone’s brainwave signal is a bit different even when they think about the same thing. They’re unique just like fingerprints,” she said.
While people may be tricked into giving up their passwords, smart cards may be lost or stolen, as can biometric templates stored on computers for comparing eye or fingerprint scans, so-called “pass-thoughts” are unique.
A user would only have to think up a different password and save it on a computer, Thorpe said, describing what would become the world’s first changeable biometric security tool.
The doctoral student is working with leading Canadian security technology researcher Paul Van Oorschot in Ottawa to turn her idea into reality.
Her research builds on other efforts to develop rudimentary brain-computer interfaces to help paralysed patients control their environment and communicate.
Whereas slight differences in brainwave patterns created difficulties for researchers trying to build universal tools that could translate thoughts into computer commands, these peculiarities make brainwaves ideal for security applications, Thorpe said.
“You could use a sound or music or childhood memory as your pass. You could even flash someone an image to help them remember their pass-thought,” she said.
Thorpe must still prove that people can reproduce clear, concise signals over and over.
“Often, unconscious thoughts, maybe a song in the back of your mind, may blur a signal.
There’s a lot going on in people’s heads,” she said. Also, current brain-computer interfaces are not yet up to the task.
The latest electroencephalogram (EEG) hardware, which measures electrical signals in the brain, consists of a costly bowl-shaped cap dotted with electrodes that takes time to put on and requires a gel be smeared on the person’s head to bridge the gap between the electrodes and their scalp.
“It’s not very fashionable, looks like a polka-dot swimming cap,” Thorpe said, noting how refinements are in the works.
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