Eye Scans, Handprints, Voice Recognition: Biometrics

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Biometrics are the future of personal identification: computerized eye and hand scans, recognition of
voices, faces and fingerprints.

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Eye Scans, Handprints, Voice Recognition: Biometrics
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"Eye Scans, Handprints, Voice Recognition: Biometrics." George Lewis, correspondent. NBC News.
NBCUniversal Media. 18 Jan. 1998. NBC Learn. Web. 5 September 2012

Lewis, G. (Reporter), & Hansen, C. (Anchor). 1998, January 18. Eye Scans, Handprints, Voice
Recognition: Biometrics. [Television series episode]. NBC News. Retrieved from

"Eye Scans, Handprints, Voice Recognition: Biometrics" NBC News, New York, NY: NBC Universal,
01/18/1998. Accessed Wed Sep 5 2012 from NBC Learn: https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-

Eye Scans, Handprints, Voice Recognition: Biometrics
A look from your eye, the touch of your hand, a tap of your fingertip. The not too distant future, any of
these things may replace your passport, your ATM card, even the keys to your office. NBCs George
Lewis now with a firsthand look at a new technology that is raising eyebrows.
Unknown 1:All you need to do is look into the eyepiece there.
GEORGE LEWIS, reporting:
Its straight from all those science fiction and spy movies; high tech people scanners. But theyve gone
beyond Hollywood special effects, these gismos are real, and in a couple of years there could be more
than fifty thousand of them in use in this country alone.
Unknown 1: We then scan a 360-degree circle in the back of the retina.
Unknown 2: This is a hand geometry hand scanner.
Unknown 3: A little fingerprint censor. You just put your fingerprint down on it and it recognizes who
you are.
LEWIS: Its called biometrics, a whole host of new devices that recognize our individual human
characteristics. And the experts tell us its about to become a big part of our lives.
Computer: I see George Lewis.
LEWIS: And you can see biometrics in action on the Canadian border at Scobey, Montana. Farmers here
who tend crops on both sides of the border participate in a frequent commuter program. This phone
system automatically recognizes their voices when they say the right passwords.
EDGAR RICHARDSON (Farmer): I am Papa A.
LEWIS: And that opens the gate. Because federal agents dont have to staff the border crossing, it
operates around the clock.
RICHARDSON: If the gate was not here, we would have to go fifty miles to the east and go through the
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port there and then come fifty miles back.
LEWIS: Future automatic teller machines may be equipped with TV cameras linked to computers that
recognize the faces of bank customers, then compare the images to photos stored on the customers ATM
cards. Your face becomes your pin number.
DAVE MADDOX (Visionics Corporation): Absolutely, without your face the card is dead before it hits
the floor. Yea, we think thats a very important protection of individual privacy.
LEWIS: But some civil libertarians warn the technology is not perfect, and that the public will have to be
alert to possible abuses.
ROBERT ELLIS SMITH (Privacy Journal): I can visualize it abused for entrance into schools, or for
the ability to ride on an airplane, or the ability to collect government benefits. This puts an awful lot of
power in the hands of authorities who control that technology.
LEWIS: Big brother, or a handy new convenience? That debate is bound to go on into the next century, as
thousands of these devices sort out our identities.
Computer: George Lewis.
LEWIS: NBC News, San Jose, California.

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