Remembering a list of increasingly demanding passwords is no small feat: bits of lowercase, bits of upper case, 6 numbers, maybe an underscore - quick what's your mothers middle name!? Who was the second cousin to your youngest child's pet hamster!? WRONG. ACCESS DENIED. The smooth running of our technology often depends on passwords, passcodes, passphrases and pins and with constant whispered threat of identity theft or fraud we're encouraged to make our passwords as complex and intricate as possible. Dan Brown's next book may very well be an esteemed professor attempting to access his varying internet accounts.

However scientists at Berkley have been experimenting with a way to forget passwords altogether, instead trialling 'pass thoughts'. And yes by pass thoughts they mean a computer reading your mind to check it's you.

How does it work?

The team at Berkley attached sensory headsets to test subjects, and asked them to perform simple tasks, they then recorded their brain waves patterns storing them as 'pass thoughts'. When they later tested the same subjects computers could recognise with 99% accuracy the people according to their brain waves.

Obviously pass thought tech still remains at quite a conceptual level at least in terms of mass production, but fascinating to think that eventually just thinking will grant you access to your email or your bank account. Could this mean mind hacking will soon be a punishable offence? Could it mean completely contactless technology: no clicking or typing or tapping required? We will wait and see.

 

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