Apple made a huge statement by adding a biometric fingerprint scanner to the new iPhone 5S. The message is clear. The biometric revolution has finally arrived. Apple has a huge digital ecosystem with over 900,000 apps. It has gadgets, including iPads, iPhones, laptops, and possibly a smart watch (in the near future) that will inevitably feature a fingerprint scanner. Apple bought the biometric company AuthenTec last year for $356 million, so it comes as no great surprise that Apple would get into the biometric game. However, this is just the beginning of the biometric revolution. In the near future biometric scanners will be imbedded in the internet of things. These scanners will use fingers, iris, voice and 3D facial recognition. In fact, a company called ArtecID has developed a 3D facial scanner called Broadway 3D that looks really interesting.
According the ArtecID website:
“The Broadway 3D currently provides the highest security level of access control. Access is granted only if there is a match between the person’s face and his stored 3D image in the database. Recording of the 3D images allows for statistical data gathering and records attempts to get unauthorized access. The Broadway 3 D will not be fooled by a user in make up or a stolen badge or keycard. The Broadway Check Point capacity reaches up to 60 people per minute even with large databases (>10,000 enrollees). This increases the throughput capacity of any checkpoint or gate, and makes keycards and badges obsolete all the while retaining a high level of security”
Many companies are already releasing new or upgraded apps with the latest biometric ready technology. These companies are fully aware of how biometrics will play out in the next ten years. Futuristic biometric technologies will merge with wearables. Glasses, smart watches, and clothing will soon be scanning you for biometric recognition. No need for a silly password. Just scan your face and go. Simple.
Fingerprint scanners will kill the password…finally.
Passwords are dreadful. Like a thousand little paper cuts, they torture our memory, frustrate us, and waste our time. Why are we still required to type a code into our phone or computer? After all, it is 2013. By now my laptop should recognize my face, ask how I slept and make my coffee. Computers should make our lives easier. Instead, the password has become a nasty gatekeeper to our digital enjoyment. I dread logging on to my back account. It takes three passwords and a token to check my account. Ten minutes of my life wasted on a password. These dreaded password moments are coming to an end.
Why has this biometric revolution taken so long?
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”9814310883″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PxDWvQIlL._SL160_.jpg” width=”99″]Apple is not the first corporation to implement fingerprint scanning or biometric technologies. Fingerprint scanners have been around for years. Corporations around the world are already using biometric scanners to verify the identities of employees and members. So why has the biometric revolution taken so long?
One reason is that innovation often suffocates under a massive negative hierarchy of naysayers. Because of this, we end up with inefficient and antiquated systems. From architecture to governance, humanity is often stuck under the thumb of old thinkers and old systems that are outdated.
The way we interact with the digital world will radically shift as biometric technologies become more advanced. Our relationships will become more transparent as the loss of anonymity online continues to grow. We may see huge positive benefits from forcing people out of the digital shadows. To evolve, as a species, we must remove this veil of shame and secrecy. We call it privacy, but it is really just fear.
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