MORIS Never, Ever Forgets A Face
I cannot count the number of times I’ve arrested Jesus Christ…or Bob Smith, John Smith, I Dunno, Ain’t Got No Name, or any number of other clowns who offered false names, including the ever-popular, F!#% You. And sometimes criminals refuse to provide any name at all, which is just as problematic as locking up Jesus. (You know it’s not Him, but in the back of your mind you ponder that wee tad of uncertainty while waiting for a lightning bolt to zap you on the head).
Normally, a suspect has to be held until you’re certain of his identity. After all, he just may be wanted in twenty states for who-knows-what. Well, finally, there’s a solution to this thorn-in-the-side problem for cops. And the solution is a gadget called MORIS, a hand-held iPhone-like unit.
MORIS (Mobile Offender Recognition and Identification System) allows officers on the street to instantly identify suspects. Also, the device allows jail officers to instantly identify prisoners, preventing an inmate from using a false ID to help him escape custody (assuming the identity of an inmate who’s scheduled for release).
Make no mistake about it, MORIS is sharp. It uses a combination of iris and facial recognition to correctly identify a person. Of course, as with other ID technology, a suspect’s information must be in the database for a match to occur.
Imagine the day when everyone is required to submit to an iris and facial scan as part of a national database. Then, with MORIS units deployed in all public places, your every move will be mapped out. That’s right, somewhere out there while you shop, eat, and…well, whatever it is that you do, you’d better do it with a smile on your face ’cause MORIS will be watching…
Not much different than having to undergo fingerprinting for some jobs. I think I had to do it about 3 times before I began working at home in 2005.
You put those photos there voluntarily, Michael. The government did not make you do it. That’s the difference.
Your first reaction was correct.
“Imagine the day when everyone is required to submit to an iris and facial scan as part of a national database. ”
My first thought is, no thanks. Convicted felons, perhaps, but regular citizens?
Then I ponder how much we’ve already put identifiable photos of ourselves on the Internet…
Finally, Big Brother has a name. 🙂