Brainwaves as Password

Elle Zhan Wei
February 10th 2017

With daily habits becoming more and more digitalized, such as working, banking and even dating, how can we secure and protect our access to the virtual world? Finger prints are an adequate answer, but now we have another option: brainwaves.

Our brainwaves can be the next password. Researchers have found a way to use our brain response as a verification of our identity. Since each person has unique responses to things, such as a picture of a dog, a mountain or the word “difficulty”, these electroencephalogram (EEG) can be able to authenticate someone's identity, with accuracy rates around 94%However, researchers at Binghamton University claim they have obtained 100% positive results in identifying a person through brainwaves. They explained they were able to reach such accuracy focusing on non-volitional responses. This means, they used people’s interior, invisible thoughts to identify them.This is the level of thinking a person isn’t even aware of.

It is like an instinctive reflex and therefore cannot be mixed up between two different individuals. That is based on the indisputable fact: every person is unique.

Sources: Nature World News, New Scientist, Newswise
 Image: Binghamton University

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