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Biometrics & Identity: Beyond Wearable

From mobile devices to wearable gear, the increasingly ergonomic, small, lightweight, body conscious, attachable, controllable and comfortable devices we use are becoming physical extensions of ourselves. From phone to fitbit, as we become more dependent on these devices, our comfort level with the capture and use of our intimate personal data increases. However, will we become comfortable using our biometric and genomic data to digitally unlock our every day lives -- from car to communications, home security to banking, healthcare to services? We are moving beyond wearables, to an age where products like biyo, which connects physical payment to a scan of the unique veins in the human palm, are becoming present market realities. What are the implications of using personal biometric data as the virtual keys that unlock our very real lives? How should we feel about using such sensitive, personal data as a means of self-identification?

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  1. What are the possibilities and benefits of using biometric and genomic data as the main “passkeys” for entry into our lives, homes, bank accounts and more?
  2. What should you be concerned about when using your biometric data as an authenticator for your digital accounts?
  3. What is the timeline for the evolution of the use of traditional authentication methods to the use of biometrics for authentication? How might things evolve with regard to the use of hand-held and wearables to the use of embedded devices?
  4. What are the security risks with sharing your biometric and genomic data with corporations?
  5. How can we protect ourselves from hacking, identity theft, and other dangers when our genomic data is required to interact in our increasingly hyper connected world?



Leigh Durst, Strategist/Organizer,

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