Marios Savvides, a Carnegie Mellon
engineering professor, says he’s invented technology that can identify someone
from across the room with the precision of a fingerprint. The device is called
an Iris Scanner. Unlike fingerprinting which requires you to touch something, the Iris
Scanner can capture it at a distance which makes the whole user experience less
intrusive and much more comfortable.
An example of Iris Scanning is a cop
pulls over an individual. The individual glances in their rear-view mirror.
When the individual glances in their rear-view mirror, the Iris Scanner will
then identify them. In this example the technology could
have potentially identified a dangerous suspect before the cop approaches them.
Unlike other scanners,
which require an individual to step up to a machine, this scanner can capture
someone’s iris and face as they walk by. With this system there are no certain spots
you have to stand. It will find you anywhere between 6 and 12 meters and it
will zoom in and capture both irises and your full face.
Iris scanning could
also replace government IDs at the airport and elsewhere. Like other types of bio-metrics, it could replace a laptop’s login system as well. As a sector, bio-metrics is undoubtedly important. Many security experts believe that passwords and the
security regime that accompanies them are fundamentally broken. Savvides, sees bio-metrics as another method of human
If this invention works
as well as Savvides claims it does, the government could scan the face of
everyone walking on a city block. It could algorithmic-ally identify a disguised
political activist walking down a city street, driving a car, or passing
through airport security.
What’s you’re feeling
about this new technology? How do you
think we could benefit from it?