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Biometrics: Even If Your Eye Is Puffy

Biometrics: Even If Your Eye Is Puffy

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Biometric technologies are ineffably cool. For those not geeky enough to know, biometrics are measurements that allow you to recognize a person using distinguishing traits. For instance, if you were to wake up one morning with your eye (or eyes) so horribly swollen and crazy-looking* that you were unrecognizable, your fingerprint (a common biometric) would enable you to be recognized, despite the bad case of monster-eye. Using biometrics as identifiers is getting more and more common; students are paying for their meals with their thumbs, airports are looking into iris scanning — soon, you won't need a password for anything. Today, we're going to update you on the latest in biometric technologies... how do you feel about the new identifiers? Too Minority Report?

*I woke up this morning with a wild allergic reaction in my eye, and many of my co-workers probably thought I was Robert DeNiro with long hair when I came in this afternoon.

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