Bio-metric Access In AI
Bio-metrics is synonymous with security. Every phone or computing gadget you own today has a face recognition feature or a bio-metric feature to keep the data secure. This is just the beginning of bio-metrics is just in its infancy today.
Countries like China and India have already used the bio-metric process to assign their citizen a number and an identity. The European Union is now in line to get this done. National security is the highest on their minds after the mass killings in Paris.
What is Bio-metric Recognition of People?
The word bio-metric comes from two Greek words ‘bios’ for life and ‘metrikos’ for measurement. It means statistical analysis of biological characteristics for identity verification and identification.
Bio-metrics offer greater data security and convenience than passwords or other regular security processes do. In a recent survey by VISA found that 48% of the people believe that bio-metric security is much safer than passwords or PINs.
Terrorism, identity thefts, frauds make the headlines today. They are some of our biggest concerns. The need to have more security both personal and nation is increasing every day. A recent survey shows that 86% of the people believe that bio-metric access system is the safest method for data stored in the cloud.
A whopping 62% of companies have already adopted bio-metric people recognition for their security. While another 24% plan to put into place a bio-metric data security system within two years. The world is clearly moving towards a digital society which is neatly catalogued, identified and verified.
What does this mean for us?
Wherever bio-metrics are being used or even considered to be used it has given rise to raging debates on security Vs. privacy.
The protectors of civil and constitutional rights in the EU where personal privacy is enshrined in the union’s Rights have dubbed this move a “point of no return.”
A former German interior minister Thomas de Maziere bluntly argued against the right to privacy by saying,
“Privacy is nice, but in times of crisis like these, security comes first.”
In the Querlo chat below we shall discuss the following aspects of bio-metric security in AI
How secure is bio-metric security?
The advantages of using Bio-metric access/security
The disadvantages of Bio-metric access/security
The future of Bio_metric security systems
Ethical and Legal issues involved
“We’re probably not ready to hand over the keys to the entire biometric kingdom when we’re not sure how this is going to work,” - Hartzog
Final Thoughts on the Future of Bio-metrics
Without doubt bio-metric security/access is the technology of tomorrow and yet has a down side to it which we need to understand, appreciate and work within the accepted boundaries. While security is our main concern it is important to understand that bio-metric data in the hands of corrupt entities becomes an even bigger security threat.
Sacrificing privacy at the altar of security may not be acceptable to everyone. Without privacy we are like machines, our individuality is lost and the basic essence of our human life is lost. I believe there are better ways to security. However, we need to address the ethical and legal issues before we apply these technologies widely. Our laws need to be clear and specific as to what can be done and what cannot. It needs to define 'infringement of privacy' with clarity while addressing these issues.
To illustrate the magnitude of the problem I will leave you with one example. People upload over 350 million photos uploaded every day on Facebook. The company’s research lab powered by DeepFace, Facebook’s deep learning facial recognition system, suggests that it has “the largest facial data set to date." Just imagine the problems it would cause if such social media platforms are hacked and the data is used maliciously.
Clearly there are gaps in the technology we have at this juncture, to truly harness the power of recognition, artificial intelligence and machine learning can be optimized with bio-metrics.
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