Biometric Technology Skeptics Outraged at Plans To Implant World Population
The average person thinks of fighting crime and billionaire’s toys when someone mentions biometric technology. We have all seen the crime shows that became so famous in the 1990’s and 2000’s; their exciting use of biometric data like DNA, fingerprints, and blood splattered at the crime scene is what turned many of us on to this new phenomenon called biometrics. In today’s world, the landscape is changing.
The world is only starting to scratch the surface of biometric technology being used for practical purposes.
The iPhone’s fingerprint unlocking devise, for example, is a very practical application of that same technology put to use in a mainstream product. Until fairly recently, biometric technology was too expensive to be used in commercial devices.
The global biometrics market is reported to have been at $7 billion in the year 2014, rising to $44.2 billion by the year 2021. One of the main drivers of that tremendous growth of biometrics has been security. Biometrics allow a system to accurately and repeatedly determine the identify of a person through various forms; retinal cans, finger prints, even their behaviors. In addition to security, it helps keep track of large numbers of people. This is the basis of this part of the UN’s Global Goals initiative.
The UN’s Global Goals Initiative
As part of their new Global Goals initiative, the United Nations plans to implement a worldwide biometric implant by the year 2030; primarily focused on refugees and then expanding it to every man, woman, and child on the planet. Their controversial plan calls for people to be implanted with a unique biometric chip that reports data on that person activities and sends it back to the home database in Geneva, Switzerland. To achieve their dreams, the UN has enlisted the help of renown consulting company Accenture.
This initiative is being billed as a way to help “the 1.8 billion people worldwide who currently lack any kind of official documentation.” A noble cause, no doubt, but one that puts us sliding head-first down the proverbial slippery slope.
Reaction to this news spans the entire spectrum of world views. On one side, the world is ending and the New World Order is taking over. Big brother is coming for us all and soon we won’t be able to live in the world without being half-cyborg. On the other hand, it’s just good old Uncle Sam taking care of his constituents like he should be. The reality is most likely somewhere in between.
How Widespread is the Use of Biometric Information?
Using biometric information as a means to identify and understand large populations isn’t a new concept. China uses robots with built in facial recognition in their immigration areas and has been using biometric data to documenting their population since 2013. They are currently working on an interesting technology using iris scans to authenticate payments and reduce fraud. Russia is also a leading driver in growing the biometric industry worldwide.
In fact, the FBI is currently compiling a database of faces using facial recognition so it can better understand the relationship between the geometric shapes on people’s faces.
Specifically, the system is being created to determine if facial landmark geometry (such as the distance between the nose and mouth, the tips of the ears, or some combination of these measurements) can be used as a means to distinguish one person from another.
What Are The Benefits of Biometric Identification?
Governments and world powers have always had an interest in knowing who people are. On it’s face, that is a very good goal to have. With the perception of the threat of global terror being stronger than ever, quick and accurate identification of people is a very big plus. Logically, it makes sense for the public to want to know who people are if there is any possibility that they are a threat.
Biometric recognition technology can certainly aid in many positive things. The UN’s desire to be able to identify and organize the large numbers of refugees that have been created in the last few years is positive. The detractors start to beat their drums when the scope expands from help the refugees to implant the entire planet.
What Fuels The Detractors Skepticism
The biggest question the skeptics ask is, “What else will this data be used for?” While identifying people that come into the country and trying to catch criminals is all noble and accepted by the vast majority of people, the practices that fall into the other category are the ones that concern folks domestically and abroad. Similar to the NSA’s mass data collection program that was struck down by the courts, the fears are that the technology and data would be used to spy on law-biding citizens who have done nothing wrong.
Theoretically, the government could connect this technology to the large system of security cameras, satellites, drones, and who-knows-what-else to get a very good picture of where people spend their time, who they spend it with, and what patterns emerge.
Many disruptive technologies have come along over the past few centuries; each one fraught with legal issues and opponents trying to stop it. For now, the UN is going to go forward with it’s goal. As results start to come in, each person will have to decided for themselves where they fall on this issue and how comfortable they are trading security for privacy.