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Wells Fargo Wants to Let You Make Million-Dollar Wire Transactions With Your Face and...

“My voice gives me access to proceed, please verify me,” I announced to the phone in my hand. It scanned my face to see if...

The Technologies ‘Back to the Future’ Got Right, Wrong, and Left Out Entirely

26 years ago, Marty McFly and Doc Brown climbed into their time-traveling flying DeLorean and set the controls to the distant future — October 21,...

As Nations Hack Each Other, Protecting Personal Information Must Become National Security Priority

The nation with the most powerful military in the world suffered a major strategic loss — and for several months not a single person...

One State Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver’s License On Your Phone

There’s now a technology to replace almost everything in your wallet. Your cash, credit cards, and loyalty programs are all on their way to...

If We Made ‘Back to the Future II’ Today: What Would 2045 Look Like?

It’s officially 2015, the year Marty McFly and Doc Brown visited in their souped up DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future Part...

Can You 3D Print Emotions? New “Love Project” Uses Biometric Sensors to Create Household...

Everyone has knick-knacks of sentimental value around their home, but what if your emotions could actually be shaped into household things? A project recently unveiled at the Sao Paulo Design...

Singularity Surplus: New Uses for Hot Techs and New Tech for Unwanted Heat

Advances in exponential technology happen fast — too fast for Singularity Hub to cover them all. This weekly bulletin points to significant developments to...

Wristband Lets Users Unlock Bitcoin Wallets With Heartbeats

The Nymi wristband that taps the user’s heartbeat as a biometric marker has said that it will also double as a bitcoin wallet. Is it revolutionary or just a digital twist on cash in pocket wallets?

iPhone 5S Will Be a Trial Balloon for Biometric Log-in Systems

Apple is giving biometrics a huge bump as a result of its latest iPhone, the 5S, which goes on sale September 20. The model employs fingerprint identification as the way users unlock their devices. If users like it, they may be more open to other biometric identification systems. But the reverse is also true.

Facebook Plans to Add Millions More Faces to Its Facial Recognition Database

Facebook is proposing to expand its use of facial recognition technology, which has been controversial since the company acquired Face.com in 2012. The Israeli startup’s app, which suggested whom a user might want to tag in photos, became an integral part of the social network.

Brazil and India Lead the Way in Everyday Use of Biometrics

As the prices for various types of sensors have fallen in recent years, businesses have found all sorts of uses for them. And anyone who’s watched even one of Hollywood’s forays into science fiction knows that one main use for sensors will be to confirm identities using biometric traits. But here’s a plot twist: Developing countries like Brazil and India are leading the way to biometric forms of identity confirmation, in which sensors limit access to secure systems such as banking or governmental assistance programs, to users who possess anatomical traits, deemed unique to each person, that have previously been entered into a database.

Already in Use in Canada and India, Iris Scans Get Thumbs-Up in U.S. Government...

As far back at the late 1980s, the U.S. Patent Office issued its first patent for iris recognition scans. (Retinal scans, though widely referenced, at not as widely used as iris scans.) The Canadian Border Services offer an opt-in expedited security program that relies on an iris scan. But some researchers who have studied iris-scanning technology have found too much variety in the scans generated over time by a single person.

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