Artificial Intelligence

End Times Technology, ‘Mark, Number or Name’: Biometric Right Hand Scanner.

Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

5G + Biometric Facial/Hand Scanning + Digital/Cashless Transactions + Mark of Approval/Authorization = Tomorrow’s Economy (2020)

Biometric scanning used for migrant/border control, secure identity verification and approval, government benefits, domestic and international travel security, economic inclusion of everyone, buying/selling transactions and fund transfers, instantaneous speed of transaction and convenience, VAT/taxation collection, mobility, social credit score and ranking, population movement and tracking, monitoring political and religious ‘extremism’ (terrorists). ‘Mark, number or name’ for verification and approval.

End Times Technology, ‘Mark, Number or Name’: Biometric Right Hand Scanner.

Mar 27, 2020 | Chris Burt. Biometric Update

The wave of announcements of new biometric and digital identity products being developed and deployed for coronavirus outbreak mitigation also continued, and was joined by considerations of the impact on the market and civil liberties.

The broad transition in the fingerprint sensor market is reflected in changing leadership at many leading companies in the industry, and new Idex Biometrics CEO Vince Graziani told Biometric Update in his first interview since taking over the company that it was essentially restarted by previous Chief Executive Stan Swearingen. “It’s time to go into full commercial mode,” Graziani says.

Cadillac is planning to launch facial recognition to its Escalade, CT4 and CT5 models as part of its Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system, but Chinese auto-maker Changan already has a similar system out for its UNI-T. Hyundai Mobis, Analog Devices and Cisco spin-off Jungo Connectivity, and Yandex also are also bringing technologies for detecting or identifying people to an automotive biometrics market that appears to be heating up fast.

Tanzania’s gradual progress toward full biometric registration of SIM cards continues, with a third of those previously deactivated back on their networks. Registration of civil servants in Liberia and investment in South African firm Contactable is also in the week’s news out of Africa.

Nethone Chief Product Officer Aleksander Kijek writes in a guest post that with PSD2, SMS authentication is no longer good enough, and that replacing it with behavioral biometrics can not only protect against fraud, but also be part of a forward-looking approach to utilizing data to better understand users. Also in fraud prevention this week, a new cybersecurity publication is launching, as the Association for Computing Machinery will begin publishing “Digital Threats: Research and Practice” (DTRAP) as a peer-reviewed open access journal for digital threat prevention, identification, mitigation and elimination. The first issue covers the 2019 FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) Conference. DTRAP is inviting contributions to a pair of regular columns; “With the Benefit of Hindsight” and “Leaving the Laboratory: Putting Research into Practice.”

For those interested in AI innovations and biometric authentication, an upcoming segment on Advancements with Ted Danson will feature Aerendir and its neural tapping technologies during Q3, 2020. The show airs on CNBC, and will give CEO Dr. Martin Zizi, who recently spoke to Biometric Update, a chance to talk about returning biometrics to user control.

Biometrics are just one group among a range of AI technologies that governments around the world are deploying or considering as they attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, and normal cautions regarding data privacy (such as they are) may be cast aside, according to our most widely-read story of the week. Facial recognition is one technology which may be used, along with location tracking, social media mining and others.

There are now 100,000 cameras in Moscow’s surveillance camera network hooked up to facial recognition algorithms, and they are watching for the thousands of residents on compulsory quarantine, the Bangkok Post reports. China’s government meanwhile has launched a requirement that citizens use a color-coded rating system for COVID-19 contagion risk added to Alipay, CPO Magazine reports. The new Alipay Health Code is live in 200 cities, and will roll out across the country, applying green, yellow or red status to individuals, who the report says have in some cases been mystified by and receive only vague explanations for their status.

This represents the blunt end of the surveillance advance that civil liberties advocates are worried about in light of pandemic containment efforts.

Zoom is enjoying a boom in popularity as a way for people to connect not just for work, but socially, but Consumer Reports Director of Privacy and Technology Policy Justin Brookman suggests the company should update its terms of service to ensure that video data it collects is not used to train facial recognition. The video conferencing service offers fairly typical terms, but many users, particularly new ones, may not understand what they entail, the group writes.

COVID-19 was also behind a popular article on the suggestion by House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters to disburse government aid to individuals using a digital currency backed by a state ledger and digital ID. A proposal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi originally contained a similar provision, which did not make it to the final draft.

The impact of the outbreak on the biometrics industry is examined this week by ABI Research, as part of a report on the digital services sector. The adoption of facial recognition for surveillance, the improvement of the technology to identify faces partially occluded by masks, and the addition of fever detection technology to systems could all boost the market. Indeed, an app from the Polish government, a trial of biometric payments in Russia, and access controls at the King’s Palace in Malaysia have all been put into place, while India continues to scale down some biometric operations. New facial recognition and fever detection technologies have also been developed by Silent Sentinel, Polysense Technologies, and CaliBurger’s parent company in response to the pandemic.

To help organization’s involved in various forms of assistance during the crisis, Jumio is offering free biometric identity verification with ID proofing and liveness checks. Healthcare, online education and philanthropic organizations are examples of potential beneficiaries. Yoti has a similar offer among the week’s top articles.

The outbreak may also postpone and alter the European Union’s digital strategy and related legislation, The Financial Times reports. No change has been agreed to yet, but a spokesperson states that the regional government will have to adapt to new priorities and the different functioning of institutions.

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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