If you’ve seen Minority Report or basically any science fiction movie, you can’t miss how important biometrics are supposed to be in the future — the full-body scanners that constantly monitor human activity, the gadgets that scan your iris and unlock doors, or the sensors that detect alien presence. The good thing about this is life becomes totally chill (especially if you’re lazy). You walk into your apartment, the door opens by itself, the television changes to your favourite channel as you settle down on your couch, which adjusts to the exact degree of fluffiness your bum needs. On a somewhat more socially relevant note, biometric data helps crime fighters with better evidence and equips them with accurate information and so on.
The bad part is constant surveillance.
Good or bad, there is no denying that biometrics will play an important role in our future. In fact it’s already all around us — the fingerprint sensors that unlock smartphones being a common example. But to understand what that future of biometrics will look like, we sought inputs from one of the world’s foremost computer scientists in the field.
In this interview with Pankaj Mishra of FactorDaily, professor Anil Jain from the department of Computer Science & Engineering at Michigan State University talks about the past, present and future of biometrics. Jain, who was a key architect of India’s unique identification database as well, also talks about the Aadhaar Bill and privacy concerns surrounding it.
Subscribe to FactorDaily
Our daily brief keeps thousands of readers ahead of the curve. More signals, less noise.
Thank you for reading FactorDaily
We hope this story worked for you.
Our journalism is produced by some of the best brains in the story-telling business who believe that good stories have only one master: you, the reader. Bringing these stories to you, just so you know, costs us a pretty dime even as the context of disruption remains unchanged in the journalism business the world over.
If you like what you read here, consider supporting the FactorDaily journey. We don’t have a paywall because we believe access to good journalism must be free to all, especially when it is in public interest and informs citizens with independence and accuracy. Such stories should not be restricted to a few who can pay. You are free to support us with any amount you like.
Please note that 18% of your contribution will be paid to government as GST, per Indian accounting rules.
Disclosure: FactorDaily is owned by SourceCode Media, which counts Accel Partners, Blume Ventures and Vijay Shekhar Sharma among its investors. Accel Partners is an early investor in Flipkart. Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the founder of Paytm. None of FactorDaily’s investors have any influence on its reporting about India’s technology and startup ecosystem.