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  1. Aug 18, 2010 #1

    Evo

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    I read it on yahoo news.

    Iris Scanners Create the Most Secure City in the World.

    http://www.fastcompany.com/1683302/...-world-welcomes-big-brother?partner=yahoobuzz
     
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  3. Aug 18, 2010 #2

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    That is lovely. The only downfall is that sunglasses will prevent 'tracking' of individuals, and, well who gets the access to such an iris database? What would be in it? If its the government then this won't fly in the US. If the database contains everything about you, then you would end up being harassed by marketing ads, telephone calls, and blackmail. I can almost picture this automated email or phonecall: 'Hi cronxeh! Would you like your wife to find out who you were staring at for 3 minutes and 24 seconds today?' Or you start getting directed advertisment based on your facial expression of joy and your iris ID while you were looking at something or someone. Coupled with neurolinguistic programming you will end up buying that thing you really wanted! Or maybe it would be like match.com. She looks at you and looks away, you look at her and look away, and the security system matches you both and arranges a date in the.. drum roll.. romantic restaurant just around the corner! And the table is already arranged, and it orders that meal you like and that thing she likes, and the hotel sweet is rented after a first 'hello'.


    I must say though, this is not such a bad scenario to live in.
     
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  4. Aug 18, 2010 #3

    Evo

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    What about specialty contacts?

    I guess if your irises can't be scanned you can't enter?
     
  5. Aug 18, 2010 #4

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    When it comes to that level of security, I'm moving to a desolate place, far away. Although Nova Scotia is on my list of places to which I'd consider moving. The Balkans, Black Sea Coast, Badakshan/Wakhan/Pamirs, Patagonia, Bhutan, South Island New Zealand, and Flagstaff are also on my list.
     
  6. Aug 18, 2010 #5
    Ohh.. come here. We will live like kings, eat the best foods ever and have fun in the mountains.
     
  7. Aug 18, 2010 #6

    cronxeh

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    I'm getting a Brokeback Mountain kind of vibe..
     
  8. Aug 18, 2010 #7

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    I was wondering if, from the database, you could make contacts that emulate someone else.
     
  9. Aug 18, 2010 #8

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    New Zealand, definitely New Zealand. But what would they do with the sudden influx of fleeing Americans? Probably install some fancy national security system...
     
  10. Aug 18, 2010 #9

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    Flagstaff :biggrin:?
     
  11. Aug 18, 2010 #10

    Astronuc

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    Yeah - it's actually a nice and relatively quiet place. It's not too far from the Grand Canyon, and Humphreys Peak, the highest point in the state of Arizona, with an elevation of 12,637 feet (3,852 m) is located within Kachina Peaks Wilderness in Coconino County, about 11 miles (17.7 km) north of Flagstaff, Arizona!

    And Meteor Crater is not too far either.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteor_Crater

    :biggrin:

    Of course, I really like the Balkan and Carpathian Mountains.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balkan_Mountains
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpathian_Mountains

    My apologies to Evo for hijacking her thread and posting OT.
     
  12. Aug 18, 2010 #11

    Evo

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    I'm more concerned that a city the size of Leon is actually implementing this.
     
  13. Aug 18, 2010 #12

    Astronuc

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    Any place that requires iris scanning is a place that I would prefer to avoid.
     
  14. Aug 18, 2010 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    Why is an eye scanner any more disturbing than a face scanner?
     
  15. Aug 18, 2010 #14
    With 28,000 drug war deaths since 2006, I doubt that there will ever be a secure city in Mexico.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laplaza/2010/08/death-toll-drug-war-mexico.html

    There is no way to verify it, but based on previous deals in Mexico, I would presume that the city officials took some money from the iris Scan company to let their citizens be guinea pigs.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that. :smile:
     
  16. Aug 18, 2010 #15
    This reminds me a little of a scene from the video game Mass Effect 2. It's set in the not-too-distant future. On the galaxy's largest space station, called The Citadel, there are advertisement boxes. Walking by the box plays a customized advertisement just for you.

    In Mass Effect 2, your character has been "off the books" (so to speak) for 2 years. When you go to the Citadel the first time in the game, an advertisement pops up and points out that you've been "unemployed" for over 2 years and tries recruiting you as a colonist, or suggests going back to college.

    has examples.
     
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  17. Aug 18, 2010 #16

    Evo

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    Which cities have face scanners in place?
     
  18. Aug 18, 2010 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    I think this is being used in many cities already. If not, it is being tested. It was first being implemented for use in airports to identify known terrorists.

    I am pretty sure that London, for one, was putting in or testing a facial recognition system. They already have cameras everywhere.
     
  19. Aug 19, 2010 #18
    Safe and secure are not close substitutes of each other, but the OP did make me wonder what could prevent https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=2844390&postcount=2185" [Broken] :smile:.
     
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  20. Aug 19, 2010 #19
    Once a time, America was in a civil war.
     
  21. Aug 19, 2010 #20
    Which are the secure cities in the US?
     
  22. Aug 19, 2010 #21
    Google are already planning to track your movements using smartphones and their android operating system. The idea being that whenever you walk into a departement store they can target specific ad's towards you.
     
  23. Aug 19, 2010 #22

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    It's too "Big Brother" for me.

    Choose Nova Scotia; at least we'll be in the same country then. My grandmother came from Peggy's Cove. There's nothing quite like the delightful aroma of sun-ripened fish wafting through the night air...


    (Fish gag stolen from Pat Paulsen.)
     
  24. Aug 19, 2010 #23
    I dont think it will make the place more secure... petty crimes dont involve entering anyone's house... and serious criminals... well, I can see rich/powerful people getting their eyes gouged out...
     
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