The Use of Biometrics

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There have been use of Biometrics which can be traced as far back to 500 BC, but where does its future lay in the 21st century and beyond? Exactly what is Biometrics and its proposed applications; will it truly be as useful or will it be a hindrance? Currently, which nations along with the international corporations are in the market for such a medium and who are the pioneers, trying to advance Biometrics; into something more streamlined? Will Biometrics truly have as much of an impact on the digital industry as predicted? Or is it all hype? Lastly, what are the advantages and disadvantages when applying Biometrics in today’s world?
What do we define as biometrics, is it something which can be emulated by another being or is it absolutely unique to one’s self that it can never be copied and disturbed for others to use? By definition, “Biometrics” is derived from the Greek words “bio” meaning life and “metrics” meaning to measure. By today’s standards, Biometrics uses cutting-edge technologies to identify terrorists and criminals. (Nadeau) Many revolutionary ideas regarding Biometrics have been based on ideas which were originally conceived hundreds, maybe even thousands of years ago. Since the early days of man, we have been practicing to distinguish other humans based on intrinsic physical or behavioral traits. Early Babylonian and Chinese merchants kept records of: fingerprints, palm prints, and even footprints to manage business transactions and census records.
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