UK - Your Thoughts Are Your Password

Arno Froese

Your brain is an inexhaustible source of secure passwords—but you might not have to remember anything. 

Passwords and PINs with letters and numbers are relatively easily hacked, hard to remember and generally insecure. 

Biometrics are starting to take their place, with fingerprints, facial recognition and retina scanning becoming common even in routine logins for computers, smartphones and other common devices.

When a person looks at a photograph or hears a piece of music, her brain responds in ways that researchers or medical professionals can measure with electrical sensors placed on her scalp. 

We have discovered that every person’s brain responds differently to an external stimulus, so even if two people look at the same photograph, readings of their brain activity will be different.

This process is automatic and unconscious, so a person can’t control what brain response happens. And every time a person sees a photo of a particular celebrity, their brain reacts the same way—though differently from everyone else’s.

Brain passwords’ real advantage comes into play after the almost inevitable hack of a login database. 

If a hacker breaks into the system storing the biometric templates or uses electronics to counterfeit a person’s brain signals, that information is no longer useful for security. 

A person can’t change their face or their fingerprints—but they can change their brain password.

Behavioral Biometrics

Researchers from the University of Manchester have developed an AI biometric verification system that measures an individual’s gait or walking pattern. 

This non-intrusive technique can successfully verify people with 99.3 percent accuracy after they walk over a pressure pad on the floor—and they don’t even need to take their shoes off.  

Behavioral biometrics are already used for authentication in financial institutions and businesses.

After people provide their biometric data, AI picks out specific data points which it processes using an algorithm., 25 October 2018

Arno's commentary

Less than two centuries ago, transmitting information was only possible by a handwritten document or direct speech. That all changed beginning in 1861.

Wikipedia reports: 

In 1861, Philipp Reis succeeded in creating a device that captured sound, converted it to electrical impulses which were transmitted via electrical wires to another device that transformed these pulses into recognizable sounds similar to the original acoustical source. Reis coined the term telephone to describe his device.

Electronic-based communications had to be connected with a transmission cable. That today is considered ancient technology. To speak directly to a person on the other side of the world is just a matter of dialing the number, or using voice recognition on a smartphone; such connection is established virtually instantaneously.

The next step is our thoughts, which can be controlled by brain waves interconnected with computer chips. That, however, opens a door that someone, friend or foe, may be able to break into our thought life. Thus, with each new invention or discovery, comes an additional danger and the almost mind-boggling task to protect one’s thoughts.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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