iris scanners create “secure” city

Fast Company reports an eerily optimistic story about iris scanners being installed throughout a large city in Mexico. Here are a few of the creepiest excerpts:

“Every person, place, and thing on this planet will be connected [to the iris system] within the next 10 years,” he says.”

“To implement the system, the city is creating a database of irises. Criminals will automatically be enrolled, their irises scanned once convicted. Law-abiding citizens will have the option to opt-in. When these residents catch a train or bus, or take out money from an ATM, they will scan their irises, rather than swiping a metro or bank card. Police officers will monitor these scans and track the movements of watch-listed individuals.”

“Scanners will be placed in mass transit, medical centers and banks, among other public and private locations.”

This one’s my favorite:

“And he has a warning for those thinking of opting out: ‘When you get masses of people opting-in, opting out does not help. Opting out actually puts more of a flag on you than just being part of the system. We believe everyone will opt-in.'”

It’s 1984, Minority Report, and the Bible’s book of Revelation all rolled into one ominous reality.