Passwords May Soon Be Replaced by ‘Pass-Thoughts’

A new UC Berkeley study suggests that the traditional method of computer authentication can be readily replaced with “pass-thoughts,” allowing you to gain access to your computerized accounts simply by thinking.

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Could typing out passwords soon be a thing of the past? A new UC Berkeley study suggests that the traditional method of computer authentication can be readily replaced with “pass-thoughts,” allowing you to gain access to your computerized accounts simply by thinking.

The study, led by professor John Chuang, asked test subjects to imagine performing certain tasks, such as concentrating on their breathing, while wearing a $100 commercially available NeuroSky electroencephalogram (EEG) headset. Researchers recorded the brainwaves caused by the subjects’ thoughts, saving them as pass-thoughts.

When test subjects returned at a later date, they were asked to again concentrate on their breathing while wearing an EEG headset. Computers were able to identify each test subject based on their brainwaves with a 99% success rate.

Writes Chuang, “With the embedding of EEG sensors in wireless headsets and other consumer electronics, authenticating users based on their brainwave signals has become a realistic possibility.”

While no one expects the public to race out and buy $100 pass-thought headsets, EEG technology holds a lot of promise as it evolves. It’s not unreasonable to think that cellphones and other devices could soon have EEG monitors built in, allowing us to unlock our phones just by thinking about unlocking our phones.

Tell us: What do you think about the new technology? Don’t worry, we promise we won’t use your thoughts to try and break into your computer. It’s not possible … yet.

This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Techlicious.

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62 comments
soefira
soefira

@yours_heidi adoi. Susah lah untuk orang sensitive to electro magnetic field like me...

AdetunjiOpeniyi
AdetunjiOpeniyi

Awesome. One step closer to human group minds. Sci-Fi becoming reality

Samira Usodan
Samira Usodan

The least thing to do to make this possible is to.have a chip implant on your brain, the most is to read your thoughts aloud :D

Sonia Neri
Sonia Neri

is this another of microsoft tactics to gain atention.....

Frederik Kortbaek
Frederik Kortbaek

Nothing new about this kind of Interior biometrics. But this is unethical indeed and should not be allowed at all. Further less intrusive methods including exterior biometrics are awailable already. I keep wondering why this research has been done in the first place ? Researchers ought to be guided by high moral standards.

Grant Chukwuemeka Ezeronye
Grant Chukwuemeka Ezeronye

Amazing. Someday soon computers will disappear and we would have chip implants controlled by our thoughts. Talk of playing god.

Matthijs Boet
Matthijs Boet

A new way for Facebook and Google to mine marketing data by monitoring our brain waves or am I just paranoid :-)

Amazon Panda
Amazon Panda

10+yrs ago they already start research on bio computer. .... may be it's actually come to life after they pass the regulation.

Calvin Young
Calvin Young

Want to know more,, pretty interesting!!

Teri Day Ladd
Teri Day Ladd

Aw great! I'll never remember what I was thinking!

Adams Mailman Pee Sheriff
Adams Mailman Pee Sheriff

This is the real deal. Meaning most of our online activities will remain in the cloud till thy kingdom come.

Michael NJ Molokwu
Michael NJ Molokwu

This is suspicious. This might open up access for computerized mind control.

Joseph Hammett
Joseph Hammett

Sounds like an excuse for a NWO implant, no thank you, pass on this idea, my fingerprint works fine!

Laura Gonzales
Laura Gonzales

not sure if im comfortable with my thoughts being read.

nickadam
nickadam

@jelam to log into your computer please insert your head here :D

errOWs
errOWs

@pierrefitter that's why I am all for google owning everything. Sign into android and its done. Too bad whatsapp didn't give in.

pierrefitter
pierrefitter

@errOWs the danger of course, is *everything* goes if someone grabs your Android.

errOWs
errOWs

@pierrefitter yes. But I would rather be careful for one thing than type passwords 15 times a day.