The Future of Biometrics

In computer science, there exists a mathematical idea known as “Moore’s Law”. This law describes an exponential relationship between time into the future and, essentially, the number of logic gates that we can fit on a silicon chip. It also relates to how much smaller our processors have gotten over time and it is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Coupled with the introduction of Gigabit mobile speeds through 5G beginning in the early 2020s, we will see a gradual blurring of the lines between physical and digital security. While the word biometric evokes images of eye-scanners and finger print readers on our phones, what I am referring to is the emerging trend of implantable RFID chips.

This tech exists already, and allows the user to store, for instance, all of their passwords, their banking information, their health and emergency contact information, ID, and any special security permissions the person may have. This can be achieved either through swallowing or implanting in the wrist a small, RFID and 5G enabled chip.

While there are already a few hundred thousand early adopters, it is expected that once we make the move from using just a physical screen to display and manipulate our data over to using tech such as Google’s “Magic Leap”, many more will follow suit. “Magic Leap” and tech like it use powerful mini-projectors inside a contact lens to holographically project directly onto the retina, creating the most convincing AR (augmented reality) without interfering with vision.

Furthermore, tech teams out of China and the U.S. have created functional “telepathic typing”, whereby just through using your thoughts, over 100 words per minute can currently be achieved.

Google’s previous CFO turned DARPA skunkworks director spoke about this at the Davos 2016 tech summit in Switzerland. By the mid 2020s, it is expected that humans who are making use of these chips will be able to communicate “telepathically”, with the words simply being thought from one web-connected mind to the next. This raises innumerable issues surrounding data and personal security. Once we reach a point where we truly cannot detach from the net, our minds themselves will become the target of hackers, identity thieves, and crime that we have still yet to even imagine.

While this tech is still probably 5 to 10 years out of the average consumer’s hands, it is real, and it is on its way. This will change security profoundly and certainly will introduce many new challenges along with opportunities.

Security Technology of South Texas is always excited to offer the latest in access control and video surveillance, and for the time being, that still just means mostly retinal and fingerprint scans along with facial recognition.

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