Brain Scan Biometric Security

Can a brain scan identify you uniquely? That is the approach now followed by European Union researchers, who claim that distinctive brain patterns are suitable for biometric security applications. The methodology was not identified, so it's probably an overt collection method, rather than a covert sampling technique.

The experiments, which also examined the potential of heart rhythms to authenticate individuals, were conducted under an EU-funded inquiry into biometric systems that could be deployed at airports, borders and in sensitive locations to screen out terrorist suspects.

Fans of Philip K. Dick may recall that he also used unique brain patterns as biometric security codes. In his excellent 1965 novel The Zap Gun, he wrote about a special door that would only admit users identified with a brain scan:

The doors of Mr. Lars, Incorporated, shut, tuned as they were to his own cephalic pattern...
(Read more about cephalic pattern doors)

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