Out of all the Minority Report technology that has hit the market in the last few years, none is more exotic – or creepier – than the use of biometric scanning. But some publications, like Discover Magazine, have poked a few holes in the use of biometrics in quite the same way that the Tom Cruise-Steven Spielberg science fiction movie portrayed them.
As a refresher for movies fans unfamiliar with the concept of biometric scanning as depicted in Minority Report, this technology measures body parts unique to individual people as a means of identifying them. Perhaps the most common and lowest-tech example of biometric scanning is the simple fingerprint. While something simple like fingerprinting can be captured with ink on a card, there are far more complicated biometric scans used in Minority Report, including scans for the irises in the eye or recognizing entire faces.
While it’s true that there’s technology for scanning eyes and more that have already been implemented in the real world, the editors at Discover argue that we shouldn’t be holding our breath for a Minority Report world with eye scanners around every corner. The magazine argues that while it’s true these technologies do allow for a permanent ID – making transactions like banking more secure and possibly faster – it’s the changing nature of our bodies that would necessitate alternative ID. For example, your face natural wrinkles or sags with age. Even your iris can change color somewhat. To lean wholly on these technologies would introduce some problems, according to this analysis.
So, no worries about having to swap your eyes out anytime soon! The furthest reaches of Minority Report author Philip K. Dick’s imagination makes for a thrilling and exciting movie, but requiring a transplant if you got your ID hacked would be a major downer.
Check out the video clip below from Minority Report with a creepy scene involving this scanning technology:
Whoa! That’s heart stopping and more than a little gross. Some of the team here at TomCruise.com uses thumb prints for ID at the gym, but that’s about as far as we’d like to go with this Minority Report technology!
If you’re still a little in the dark about what this technology all means, it’s time to go back to school. The easiest way to catch up on the future is to learn from the guys who predicted it. You can pick up a copy of the Minority Report DVD to see what the future may have in store for us next. Check out the details to get yours below:
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