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  posted on 8/20/2010 at 11:25 PM
http://www.fastcompany.com/1683302/iris-scanners-create-the-most-secure-cit y-in-the-world-welcomes-big-brother

We've all seen and obsessively referenced Minority Report, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's dystopian future, where the public is tracked everywhere they go, from shopping malls to work to mass transit to the privacy of their own homes. The technology is here. I've seen it myself. It's seen me, too, and scanned my irises.

Biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI) announced today that it is rolling out its iris scanning technology to create what it calls "the most secure city in the world." In a partnership with Leon -- one of the largest cities in Mexico, with a population of more than a million -- GRI will fill the city with eye-scanners. That will help law enforcement revolutionize the way we live -- not to mention marketers.

"In the future, whether it's entering your home, opening your car, entering your workspace, getting a pharmacy prescription refilled, or having your medical records pulled up, everything will come off that unique key that is your iris," says Jeff Carter, CDO of Global Rainmakers. Before coming to GRI, Carter headed a think tank partnership between Bank of America, Harvard, and MIT. "Every person, place, and thing on this planet will be connected [to the iris system] within the next 10 years," he says.

Leon is the first step. To implement the system, the city is creating a database of irises. Criminals will automatically be enrolled, their irises scanned once convicted. Law-abiding citizens will have the option to opt-in.

When these residents catch a train or bus, or take out money from an ATM, they will scan their irises, rather than swiping a metro or bank card. Police officers will monitor these scans and track the movements of watch-listed individuals. "Fraud, which is a $50 billion problem, will be completely eradicated," says Carter. Not even the "dead eyeballs" seen in Minority Report could trick the system, he says. "If you've been convicted of a crime, in essence, this will act as a digital scarlet letter. If you're a known shoplifter, for example, you won't be able to go into a store without being flagged. For others, boarding a plane will be impossible."

GRI's scanning devices are currently shipping to the city, where integration will begin with law enforcement facilities, security check-points, police stations, and detention areas. This first phase will cost less than $5 million. Phase II, which will roll out in the next three years, will focus more on commercial enterprises. Scanners will be placed in mass transit, medical centers and banks, among other public and private locations.

The devices range from large-scale scanners like the Hbox (shown in the airport-security prototype above), which can snap up to 50 people per minute in motion, to smaller scanners like the EyeSwipe and EyeSwipe Mini, which can capture the irises of between 15 to 30 people per minute.

tested these devices at GRI's R&D facilities in New York City last week. It took less than a second for my irises to be scanned and registered in the company's database. Every time I went through the scanners after that--even when running through (because everybody runs, right, Tom Cruise?) my eyes were scanned and identified correctly. (You can see me getting scanned on the Hbox in the video below. "Welcome Austin," the robotic voice chimes.)

GRI also predicts that iris scanners will help marketers. "Digital signage," for example, could enable advertisers to track behavior and emotion. "In ten years, you may just have one sensor that is literally able to identify hundreds of people in motion at a distance and determine their geo-location and their intent--you'll be able to see how many eyeballs looked at a billboard," Carter says. "You can start to track from the point a person is browsing on Google and finds something they want to purchase, to the point they cross the threshold in a Target or Walmart and actually make the purchase. You start to see the entire life cycle of marketing."

So will we live the future under iris scanners and constant Big Brother monitoring? According to Carter, eye scanners will soon be so cost-effective--between $50-$100 each--that in the not-too-distant future we'll have "billions and billions of sensors" across the globe.

Goodbye 2010. Hello 1984.

 

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  posted on 8/20/2010 at 11:45 PM
just one more reason for cheap sunglasses.

not that i need another.

 

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  posted on 8/22/2010 at 12:00 AM
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just one more reason for cheap sunglasses.

not that i need another.


My thoughts exactly.

They won't be able to see my eyes.

 

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  posted on 8/22/2010 at 12:23 AM
I always wear sunglasses when I go out.....might be false sense of security, but I like to think if people can't see my eyes they can't really see me.

 

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  posted on 8/22/2010 at 12:27 AM
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I always wear sunglasses when I go out.....might be false sense of security, but I like to think if people can't see my eyes they can't really see me.


They can't.

 

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  posted on 8/22/2010 at 12:28 AM

 

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  posted on 8/22/2010 at 08:00 AM
Damn, and here I thought this thread was going to be about the new HoH competition on my fave TV show...

 

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  posted on 8/22/2010 at 01:11 PM
Veils and sunglasses, problem temporarily solved. No facial recognition technology knowing what's under the veil and the sunglasses taking care of the Eye Cops. I can't imagine the cops pulling people over for traffic stops, shoving a laser scanner at them without their being some confrontation. 'I don't need your license, give me your head'..

 

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  posted on 8/22/2010 at 02:00 PM
I don't like veils so that's not a consideration for me......dark sunglasses. And since I read how crooks can scan your credit cards through your purse or wallet, I've started carrying them behind or in used metal Altoid containers. I'm not concerned about 'Big Brother' but rather the sophistication of some crooks.

 

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  posted on 8/22/2010 at 07:17 PM
Deal in cash only, or barter, sever all relationships with banks, period, and shop at a small, neighborhood grocery store or farmer's markets. Get rid of your credit cards. Get rid of everything but your driver's license and cash money. If you must purchase items online, use a prepaid credit card. Unless they scan my eyes when I'm renewing my driver's license, they won't get the chance. Hell, I didn't even get counted in the recent census. I'm not even sure I exist anymore.

 

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  posted on 8/23/2010 at 01:49 PM
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Deal in cash only, or barter, sever all relationships with banks, period, and shop at a small, neighborhood grocery store or farmer's markets. Get rid of your credit cards. Get rid of everything but your driver's license and cash money. If you must purchase items online, use a prepaid credit card. Unless they scan my eyes when I'm renewing my driver's license, they won't get the chance. Hell, I didn't even get counted in the recent census. I'm not even sure I exist anymore.


What about voting? I know we shouldn't because it doesn't matter who we elect, but if we show up there we are still participating. We don't get the right to boycott taxes, they will take it from you anyway, but somebody told me the worst thing you can do is file, if you never have filed, you are not really in the system so to speak, the money they take probably just goes into a slush fund.

 

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Deal in cash only, or barter, sever all relationships with banks, period, and shop at a small, neighborhood grocery store or farmer's markets. Get rid of your credit cards. Get rid of everything but your driver's license and cash money. If you must purchase items online, use a prepaid credit card. Unless they scan my eyes when I'm renewing my driver's license, they won't get the chance. Hell, I didn't even get counted in the recent census. I'm not even sure I exist anymore.


What about voting? I know we shouldn't because it doesn't matter who we elect, but if we show up there we are still participating. We don't get the right to boycott taxes, they will take it from you anyway, but somebody told me the worst thing you can do is file, if you never have filed, you are not really in the system so to speak, the money they take probably just goes into a slush fund.


If they scan my eyes for me to vote, I'll stop voting. And they only take taxes from you anyway if you are employed by someone else.

I had relatives years ago who were in their 50s and had never had a social security number, and never filed a tax return.

 

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  posted on 8/23/2010 at 03:28 PM
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If they scan my eyes for me to vote, I'll stop voting.


yeah i wouldn't be down with that either.

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And they only take taxes from you anyway if you are employed by someone else.


well that's 'not paying your taxes', is it not? Surely the self-employed in California are taxed on their income.

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I had relatives years ago who were in their 50s and had never had a social security number, and never filed a tax return.


that's some good luck! they nabbed my dad when he didn't pay taxes. Did your relatives have jobs?

 

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It amazes me that people get scared about this, but look at networking media. Look at the people that fall all over themselves getting the new iPhone or Droid. Over 500 million people are on Facebook worldwide. We shun privacy every chance we get. Seems like the last thing people want to be is private.

Maybe we all freak out about losing our privacy when fact is that us average schlubs really don't have that much to hide...

 

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  posted on 8/23/2010 at 04:42 PM
It's not a question of getting all riled up over nothing Blackhawk. We just want to be left to live our lives without being surveilled, stalked, targeted on the govt.'s list so they know where everybody is when they decide they want to institute martial law because they want to control the world and everybody in it.

 

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that's some good luck! they nabbed my dad when he didn't pay taxes. Did your relatives have jobs?


They were farmers. And they were distant relatives, through a marriage.

 

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  posted on 8/24/2010 at 08:05 PM
There's more technology in the works from the need to know clan.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7957664/Computers-that-read-mind s-are-being-developed-by-Intel.html

Unlike current brain-controlled computers, which require users to imagine making physical movements to control a cursor on a screen, the new technology will be capable of directly interpreting words as they are thought.

Intel's scientists are creating detailed maps of the activity in the brain for individual words which can then be matched against the brain activity of someone using the computer, allowing the machine to determine the word they are thinking.

"Justin Ratner, director of Intel Laboratories and the company's chief technology officer, said: "Mind reading is the ultimate user interface. There will be concerns about privacy with this sort of thing and we will have to overcome them. "

 

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  posted on 8/24/2010 at 08:16 PM
A lot of us monthers have been able to read minds for a long time....how else would we know what our kids are thinking about getting into.

 

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  posted on 8/25/2010 at 03:10 PM
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Deal in cash only, or barter, sever all relationships with banks, period, and shop at a small, neighborhood grocery store or farmer's markets. Get rid of your credit cards. Get rid of everything but your driver's license and cash money. If you must purchase items online, use a prepaid credit card. Unless they scan my eyes when I'm renewing my driver's license, they won't get the chance. Hell, I didn't even get counted in the recent census. I'm not even sure I exist anymore.


They can't even leave this guy alone, what hope is there for the rest of us?

http://www.slate.com/id/2264478

 

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Deal in cash only, or barter, sever all relationships with banks, period, and shop at a small, neighborhood grocery store or farmer's markets. Get rid of your credit cards. Get rid of everything but your driver's license and cash money. If you must purchase items online, use a prepaid credit card. Unless they scan my eyes when I'm renewing my driver's license, they won't get the chance. Hell, I didn't even get counted in the recent census. I'm not even sure I exist anymore.


They can't even leave this guy alone, what hope is there for the rest of us?

http://www.slate.com/id/2264478




Interesting, gina, although it appears they are trying to leave him alone. Kudos to Brazil for their policy toward indigenous people.

 

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  posted on 8/25/2010 at 11:20 PM
August 25, 2010 "Time.com" -- Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements.

That is the bizarre - and scary - rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government can monitor you in this way virtually anytime it wants - with no need for a search warrant.

It is a dangerous decision - one that, as the dissenting judges warned, could turn America into the sort of totalitarian state imagined by George Orwell. It is particularly offensive because the judges added insult to injury with some shocking class bias: the little personal privacy that still exists, the court suggested, should belong mainly to the rich.

This case began in 2007, when Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents decided to monitor Juan Pineda-Moreno, an Oregon resident who they suspected was growing marijuana. They snuck onto his property in the middle of the night and found his Jeep in his driveway, a few feet from his trailer home. Then they attached a GPS tracking device to the vehicle's underside.

After Pineda-Moreno challenged the DEA's actions, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled in January that it was all perfectly legal. More disturbingly, a larger group of judges on the circuit, who were subsequently asked to reconsider the ruling, decided this month to let it stand. (Pineda-Moreno has pleaded guilty conditionally to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and manufacturing marijuana while appealing the denial of his motion to suppress evidence obtained with the help of GPS.)

In fact, the government violated Pineda-Moreno's privacy rights in two different ways. For starters, the invasion of his driveway was wrong. The courts have long held that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their homes and in the "curtilage," a fancy legal term for the area around the home. The government's intrusion on property just a few feet away was clearly in this zone of privacy.

The judges veered into offensiveness when they explained why Pineda-Moreno's driveway was not private. It was open to strangers, they said, such as delivery people and neighborhood children, who could wander across it uninvited.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who dissented from this month's decision refusing to reconsider the case, pointed out whose homes are not open to strangers: rich people's. The court's ruling, he said, means that people who protect their homes with electric gates, fences and security booths have a large protected zone of privacy around their homes. People who cannot afford such barriers have to put up with the government sneaking around at night.

Judge Kozinski is a leading conservative, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, but in his dissent he came across as a raging liberal. "There's been much talk about diversity on the bench, but there's one kind of diversity that doesn't exist," he wrote. "No truly poor people are appointed as federal judges, or as state judges for that matter." The judges in the majority, he charged, were guilty of "cultural elitism."

The court went on to make a second terrible decision about privacy: that once a GPS device has been planted, the government is free to use it to track people without getting a warrant. There is a major battle under way in the federal and state courts over this issue, and the stakes are high. After all, if government agents can track people with secretly planted GPS devices virtually anytime they want, without having to go to a court for a warrant, we are one step closer to a classic police state - with technology taking on the role of the KGB or the East German Stasi.

Fortunately, other courts are coming to a different conclusion from the Ninth Circuit's - including the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. That court ruled, also this month, that tracking for an extended period of time with GPS is an invasion of privacy that requires a warrant. The issue is likely to end up in the Supreme Court.

In these highly partisan times, GPS monitoring is a subject that has both conservatives and liberals worried. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit's pro-privacy ruling was unanimous - decided by judges appointed by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Plenty of liberals have objected to this kind of spying, but it is the conservative Chief Judge Kozinski who has done so most passionately. "1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it's here at last," he lamented in his dissent. And invoking Orwell's totalitarian dystopia where privacy is essentially nonexistent, he warned: "Some day, soon, we may wake up and find we're living in Oceania."

Cohen, a lawyer, is a former TIME writer and a former member of the New York Times editorial board.

 

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  posted on 8/25/2010 at 11:21 PM
Okay, we all know they sneak around and plant tracking devices on people's cars, but this is just beyond the pale.

Roving street vans doing this?

http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2010/08/24/full-body-scan-technology- deployed-in-street-roving-vans/?boxes=techchannelsections

 

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  posted on 8/25/2010 at 11:29 PM
This kind of stuff got its start during the Bush paranoia years when illegal wiretaps were okay. Kind of hard to put that oatmeal back in the pan.

 

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  posted on 8/25/2010 at 11:55 PM
The supreme court heard a case simular to this in 1983 United States v. Knotts, 460 U.S. 276 (1983) and upheld it. So it will be interesting to see how they rule on this one.




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  posted on 8/26/2010 at 12:44 AM
That particular case seems to involve a beeper placed in a bottle. The current technology also contains an element of invasion of privacy that's not the same as in the stated court case. But you're right, it will be interesting to see how they rule.


http://supreme.justia.com/us/460/276/case.htm

 

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