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  • The identity theft resource center says that 1.3 million of children's records are stolen every year.

  • You think stealing from little kids is bad?

  • What about stealing from the dead people!

  • Another study that I read from ID Analytic Labs says that nearly 2.5 million of deceased

  • Americans' information is used improperly to apply for credit products and services every year.

  • Don't you find it strange that we carry around this arbitrary government assigned number

  • or pieces of paper with our picture on it and some made-up password to prove we are

  • who we say we are?

  • When, in fact, the most rock-solid proof of our identity is something we carry around

  • in our cellsour DNA.

  • Let's do a little thought experiment together and for the next few moments, I want

  • you to imagine what it would be like if we could use our unique set of DNA as identity verification.

  • Now, I know what some of you might be thinking.

  • Yeah, using DNA as identity verification seems cool and all, but yikes, does that mean I

  • have to draw blood every time I want to make a debit card purchase or buy something online?

  • Surely, we don't have to go that far. Right?

  • Well lucky for us, your hair, saliva and ear wax all contain your DNA, so as we think about

  • this hypothetical possibility for the future, it doesn't have to involve too much blood!

  • You may also be asking, don't we already have biometric log-in and facial recognition?

  • That's personal, why not just stop there?

  • Well, even with our current latest and greatest technology it still isn't good enough.

  • The researchers at the Fudan University were able to fool facial recognition by having

  • someone wear a baseball cap that was wired with tiny infrared LED lights.

  • And as long as the person who's wearing the baseball cap looked vaguely like the real

  • person, the lights could trick the software into thinking it was actually the person.

  • Not good.

  • Then of course you have technology like vein authentication, which is a way to use a vascular

  • pattern and your hand or your finger to identify who you are.

  • We see this in movies all the time.

  • The door to some super-secret lab can only be opened when the chief scientist scans his hand.

  • This technology actually does exist, but, alas, a conference in Germany proved that

  • vein authentication can be defeated by using a wax hand model.

  • So given all of that, I believe DNA authentication could be the answer to our identity theft problems.

  • Let's imagine for a second what kind of problems this could solve.

  • One study that was published in the International Journal of Science and Research by using a

  • multilayer perceptron, the computer was able to classify three different types of skin disease.

  • Let's take that same skin texture analyzing technology but instead of determining diseases,

  • what if we can use that same technology to analyze and determine who is a person instead?

  • Or maybe when you go to the doctor and they use the ear thermometer to check your temperature,

  • what if that same device was able to collect some of your ear wax?

  • It would be able to scan it to verify who you are.

  • I just keep thinking in the far, far future like the next millennium or so, when people

  • were born, maybe their name, date of birth and DNA will be collected in an encrypted

  • file and stored on a cloud-based server somewhere.

  • As I imagine what the future could look like using DNA as authentication, not just what

  • kind of problem it could prevent, but also what kind of problem we could run into.

  • For example, how would we responsibly store over 7 billion DNA samples of everyone from

  • across the planet? And how do we really feel about collecting DNA from newborn children?

  • In 2022 it is estimated there will be 6 billion internet users, that's nearly double in comparison

  • to 4 billion internet users back in 2018.

  • With the ever-growing number of online activity will hackers come up with new and improved

  • ways to use our unique DNA against us?

  • Will your DNA be your best friend, or your worst enemy?

  • However, I still have high hopes for the future.

  • It is still a fun idea to tinker with.

  • Just think of all the possibility.

  • Don't we have the right to protect ourselves, our identity?

  • I, for one, hope that the future of cybersecurity is literally coded in our DNA.

  • Thank you.

The identity theft resource center says that 1.3 million of children's records are stolen every year.

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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