A wise man once said, "I only do eyes!" Okay, he wasn't wise, but that was a kick-ass movie (and if you don't know it, you better Google it, bitch!).
Check out the big brain on Brad in this story. Iris scanning, that super-futuristic scifi cliché, is here and in a big way. The US Army and the Afghanistan government are using a biometric scanning program to document and track hundreds of thousands of ne'er-do-wells and Afghan citizens.
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"And now, with NATO’s backing, the Kabul government is putting together a plan to issue biometrically backed identification cards to 1.65 million Afghans by next May."
Holy shit! This is one of those sticky areas. In this instance, seems like a grrrrreat idea and a way to not only save lives, but help stabilize an entire nation. On the "conspiracy theory" negative side, we are talking about a Big Brother technology getting a significant foothold in the world. That's the thing about technology, it doesn't just get put away -- what works gradually evolves and finds its way into other walks of life. Microchip tracking, schmicrochip tracking -- how far are we from a time when you need to get your eye scanned to get at the ATM? To make a deposit at the bank? To unlock your work computer's password?