Monday, July 16, 2007

DHS: Lasers and Heart Sensors in the Future of Anti-Terror Screening

Ryan Singel writes on Threat Level:

The cutting-edge tech folks at Homeland Security don't like screening lines that have x-ray machines any more than you do. That's because they seek x-rays as something shoe salesmen used to use measure your foot size. X-rays aren't sexy. Lasers are cooler. Add some machine learning and you might get close to cool enough for these guys.

That’s why the Advanced Research Project Agency (HSARPA) wants to build a system that fuses information from remote eye, heart, breath and brain sensors and lasar radar to decide if you are a terrorist before letting you on that flight to LAs Vegas. The fuser will be the brains of the Future Attribute Screening Technology Project.

And HSARPA wants the fuser to be a wicked smart learner. The group is so intent on bringing on the future, it is currently soliciting information from outside groups in hopes of making it show up faster.

More here.


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