Terrorist ‘pre-crime’ detector field tested in United States : Nature News

 

 

Planning a sojourn in the northeastern United States? You could soon be taking part in a novel security programme that can supposedly ‘sense’ whether you are planning to commit a crime.

Future Attribute Screening Technology FAST, a US Department of Homeland Security DHS programme designed to spot people who are intending to commit a terrorist act, has in the past few months completed its first round of field tests at an undisclosed location in the northeast, Nature has learned.

Like a lie detector, FAST measures a variety of physiological indicators, ranging from heart rate to the steadiness of a person’s gaze, to judge a subject’s state of mind. But there are major differences from the polygraph. FAST relies on non-contact sensors, so it can measure indicators as someone walks through a corridor at an airport, and it does not depend on active questioning of the subject.

The tactic has drawn comparisons with the science-fiction concept of ‘pre-crime’, popularized by the film Minority Report, in which security services can detect someone’s intention to commit a crime. Unlike the system in the film, FAST does not rely on a trio of human mutants who can see the future. But the programme has attracted copious criticism from researchers who question the science behind it.

via Terrorist ‘pre-crime’ detector field tested in United States : Nature News.

So, when exactly is the Vatican going to recognize Philip K. Dick as a prophet? I think he’s more than proven himself by now. And my apologies for not being shocked by this, I’ve just been reading too much news for the last year or so. That, and how to go about getting citizenship somewhere else but here…this has gone on long enough. I think I’d take the blood sacrifices over the complete technological domination.

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