Four Hollywood biometric predictions that came true
The next instalment of the Star Wars franchise, ‘The Force Awakens’, transported fans back to a galaxy far, far away when it was released on December 17th. There’s nothing quite like a futuristic sci-fi film to get our creative juices flowing, speculating about how technology will change our lives in the future.
2015 has been landmark year for biometric technology in the consumer market as many of the futuristic uses of the technology predicted in films became reality.
Biometric technology is now more mainstream, but with help from Hollywood, we’ve seen this coming for years.
Here are four uses for biometric tech that we’ve seen on our screens.
Futuristic action thriller Demolition Man (1993) was accurate in predicting many elements of the future, including tablet computers, video conferencing and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political career. While we don’t keep our prisoners cryogenically frozen, the film predicted that we would begin using biometrics to authorise banking transactions.
Widely regarded as action classics The Terminator (1984) and its sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) proposed that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s titular cyborg could display in its field of vision certain biometric information on those it came into contact with. While the original Terminator displayed gender, height and weight, currently Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox One is able to read detailed body measurements and the heartrate of those within its field.
Fingerprint and eye scanning are two of the most commonly used forms of biometric identification. Sean Connery’s James Bond was able to get past Bond girl Tiffany Case’s fingerprint scanner in Diamonds are Forever (1971) using a fake print. Tom Cruise’s character in Minority Report (2002) had eye transplants in order to conceal his identity from his enemies, while Wesley Snipes bypassed an iris scanner by scanning the eye of his victim. In reality these technologies are much more challenging to get around. Fingerprint scanners are notoriously reactive to smudges and grease while modern iris scanners actively detect if the eye is still living by measuring its reaction to light.
When Jennifer Parker was found unconscious by Hill Valley police in Back to the Future Part 2 (1989) they use her biometric information to return her home, but of course return her to the future home in the city.
Her and future husband Marty are able to gain access to their family home via a fingerprint scanner and turn on the lights by voice recognition. This technology exists today as the ‘internet of things’ continues to expand, creating a network of connected home devices such as smart locks, lighting and heating systems which boost security and convenience at home.
The Lava Group’s expertise and experience derives from working in some of the most complex and demanding security environments, today’s equivalent of Demolition Man’s California Cryo-Penitentiary. Lava provides state-of-the-art biometrics solutions that accurately confirm the identity, and control the movement, of all individuals as they enter and leave a secure facility.