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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Finnish firm to trial facial recognition payments

Prophecy Sign:  The "Mark of the Beast" identification system

So Joe who just finished his daily latte can now walk right past the front counter and the amount of his purchase will be immediately deducted from his account.  All due to a new payment method utilizing facial recognition.  Oh, and by the way, don't even think of acting suspicious while sipping that latte or else you will end up in some gigantic surveillance database.

It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. Revelation 13:16-17 NIV

Finnish firm to trial facial recognition payments
Finnish tech firm Uniqul plans to launch a pilot of a facial recognition-based payments system at cafes in early 2015. Uniqul’s payment system, which recognises customers based on their geometric facial proportions, has been in development for about two years. The pilot will be launched in the country’s capital region, which includes the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. CEO Oscar Tuutti told Planet Biometrics that the system starts verifying customers from up to four metres away. By the time they have reached a checkout, the final verification process only takes around "half a second". The facial recognition feature can be incorporated into current cash register systems, with Uniqul supplying tablets and webcams to retailers.

Uncle Sam's Databases of Suspicion: A Shadow Form of National ID
The SAR database is part of an ever-expanding domestic surveillance system established after 9/11 to gather intelligence on potential terrorism threats. At an abstract level, such a system may seem sensible: far better to prevent terrorism before it happens than to investigate and prosecute after a tragedy. Based on that reasoning, the government exhorts Americans to “see something, say something” -- the SAR program’s slogan.
There are any number of problems with this approach, starting with its premise.  Predicting who exactly is a future threat before a person has done anything wrong is a perilous undertaking. That’s especially the case if the public is encouraged to report suspicions of neighbors, colleagues, and community members based on a “hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck” threshold. 

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