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A wise man once said, "I only do eyes!" Okay, he wasn't wise, but that was a kick-ass movie (and if you don't know it, you better Google it, bitch!).

Check out the big brain on Brad in this story. Iris scanning, that super-futuristic scifi cliché, is here and in a big way. The US Army and the Afghanistan government are using a biometric scanning program to document and track hundreds of thousands of ne'er-do-wells and Afghan citizens.

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"And now, with NATO’s backing, the Kabul government is putting together a plan to issue biometrically backed identification cards to 1.65 million Afghans by next May."

Holy shit! This is one of those sticky areas. In this instance, seems like a grrrrreat idea and a way to not only save lives, but help stabilize an entire nation. On the "conspiracy theory" negative side, we are talking about a Big Brother technology getting a significant foothold in the world. That's the thing about technology, it doesn't just get put away -- what works gradually evolves and finds its way into other walks of life. Microchip tracking, schmicrochip tracking -- how far are we from a time when you need to get your eye scanned to get at the ATM? To make a deposit at the bank? To unlock your work computer's password?

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Facial Recognition

Speaking of unlocking your computer's password; both Toshiba and Dell have had laptops on the market for some time that use facial recognition for biometric security.

Not only is your lovely visage required to login but if you walk away from your machine it automatically locks.

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Egads! Your FACE is a password!

Man, that is some serious Jestons crap right there.

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Heh

 

Recently, I heard about a failed implementation of facial recognition where your face was the password. The customer was complaining that it was unreliable and proved it by holding his dog up to the camera and having it authenticate.

Or maybe this is just further justification that dogs and their owners look alike?

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Big Brother has always been around

The shadowy and ominous term that is 'Big Brother' has always been around us in some form or another. We have always been watched in our daily lives by someone or something, and as technology develops, then the means for keeping tabs on the population become more and more advanced. However, the question that must be asked is this: when and where will it end? Can it end? Or are we destined to end up like Winston Smith in the novel, 1984 by George Orwell?

Big Brother is watching and the faceless, nameless people have tools at their disposal to use: cameras on the streets in our towns and cities , tracking our movements as we travel between homes and stores; satellites in the skies which are able to zoom in to an extremely detailed level; databases holding our personal information, and able to be accessed by countless agencies and government departments for whatever purpose they deem necessary; internet spybots watching you every move online, at work and at home, compiling data and building up into a profile of your activities. Privacy is becoming less and less of a given, and more like a luxury that has to be carefully cultivated.

Governments are retaining information, only releasing what they wish people to know - control and flow of information, control of the population, control of our lives, national ID cards and databases holding information on the population. These were all envisioned by George Orwell in 1948 (yes, when he wrote the novel, he flipped the numbers for the title!) and are still pertinent today.

Some things are necessary, and control of the insurgents in the war-torn Afghan region is an important part in winning the war against terrorism - but we have to be careful in giving more of the toys used in this program to Big Brother. Because, once the horse has bolted, there's no point in shutting the stable door.

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to quote Will Ferrell

my face IS my pass

 

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 the interesting question

 

the interesting question regarding this technology is: what happens when it makes a mistake? 

 

How do you kill a logic bomb?

How do you kill a logic bomb?
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If it goes wrong

Its called "Friendly Fire"

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talking of scary technology

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvRTALJp8DM

 

**COUGH** Skynet **COUGH**

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Big Brother

Man, one more reason to drop completely off the grid except then how would I get my Sigler fix?!

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cool and yet..

im not sure if I should cream my jeans for how awsome this is or shit my shorts out of fear, either way i need to change my under pants.

some people never go crazy. what truely horrible lives they must lead.~Bukowski

some people never go crazy. what truely horrible lives they must lead.~Bukowski
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*shudders*

Skerry stoof, man.

"Urban legends go well with parmesan and horror. In fact their name is conveniently one and the same: Stevie." {UNdead GirlCo Knight for Sigler}

"Clever girl." ~Jurassic Park {GirlCo w/ dreads for Sigler}

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