In a column published Monday, the New York Post’s Emily Badger argued that biometrically tracked, fingerprint-scanning technology will play a major role in the future of modern society.
The technology will help people who can’t access their smartphones and other devices through face recognition or other facial recognition technologies to access information on their phones and other device without having to enter their name and PIN, Badger wrote.
She noted that biometric technology is already available to many government employees, law enforcement officers, and even to the public in some states.
The Post’s Badger also argued that the technology will be increasingly important as biometric information becomes more ubiquitous and more personalized.
In an interview, she also questioned the role that technology has played in the past in preventing the spread of disease.
“What is going on today in the United States with the development of these biometric technologies, especially with facial recognition, that is so much more dangerous, in my opinion, than the disease that was transmitted by mosquitoes, that was spread by the fleas, that I can’t imagine how the public health authorities would handle this if we got it to be a disease like Zika,” Badger said.
She pointed out that the use of facial recognition technology in the early days of the pandemic made it easier for the virus to spread.
“And now, with the use and spread of these technology, you have to get rid of people, because you cannot just have people with their faces and not have the disease,” Badgers opined.
Badger concluded her piece by saying that she would support the use or use of biometric devices.
“I just think they’re important tools, and I think it’s really important that we not stop using them for what they are, that’s really just to make sure that the people in our society have the security that we need to go about their lives,” she said.
Badgers piece came on the heels of another opinion piece from the Times columnist Charles Blow, who argued that people should use face recognition technologies in order to make their identities more transparent.
“There is no reason that you can’t see your identity in a photo,” Blow said.
“People can see you on Facebook.
They can see what your hobbies are.
And you can see how much money you make.
You can see where you live.
You’re not anonymous anymore, it’s not like people have to be in the dark and be scared of people in the streets.
It’s just like in a digital world, we are all interconnected.”