Keep Forgetting Your Passwords? Why Not Implant Them In Your Body?

It's a common problem of our age: forgetting your password, clicking reset, then forgetting the password to your email account so that you can't access the password reset link. But the solution being offered by PayPal might be an even less appealing option.

According to The Wall Street Journal, PayPal is currently developing a range of devices that could either be injected, ingested or embedded into our bodies so that we can be identified without the need for traditional passwords.

PayPal's global head of developer evangelism, Jonathan LeBlanc, told the publication that the technology would enable "natural body identification" using bodily functions such as vein recognition, glucose levels and even heartbeats.

While fingerprints and eye scans have been used for some time now, PayPal's vision takes things to the next level - including brain implants, ultra-thin silicon chips that are implanted into our skin, and ingestible devices powered by the acid in our stomachs.

The silicon chips would contain ECG sensors able to monitor the electrical activity of our heart, and transmit this data to "wearable computer tattoos" via wireless antennae.

By supporting passwords with something physical - or 'biometric verification,' as it is referred to - internet users would have tighter security than ever before.

"As long as passwords remain the standard methods for identifying your users on the web, people will still continue to use [...] 'password123' for their secure login, and will continue to be shocked when their accounts become compromised," LeBlanc explained.

PayPal is now said to be in talks with partners to develop vein recognition technology and heartbeat recognition devices, while early prototypes of high-tech ID verification are currently being produced. However, for now it seems that PayPal's statements are just a way to position themselves as thought leaders in the market.

"I can't speculate as to what PayPal will do in the future," said LeBlanc, "but we're looking at new techniques - we do have fingerprint scanning that is being worked on right now - so we're definitely looking at the identity field."

"I ground a lot of my talks in reality, but toward the end of the presentation things get a little strange," he added.

 


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The Rise Of The 'Digital Nomads'

With many workers needing little more than a laptop, reliable Wi-Fi and Skype to carry out their daily tasks, there is an increasing trend for working from locations far more exotic than your average office - known as the 'digital nomad' movement.

As a recent Forbes article explains, Gen-Y and future generations are likely to favor travel, adventure and flexibility over material luxuries and possessions; meaning they are able to work from anywhere and for any length of time, before moving onto the next 'workspace'.

Over the past few years, more businesses have come around to the concept of remote working - whether using it as an added benefit for existing employees, or as a way to attract talent from all over the world.

But while not everybody is sold on the ability of digital nomads to get the job done, the growing popularity of this mobile lifestyle means that throughout the world they are documenting and collaborating with one another, with many building start-up companies of their own.

Pieter Levels - founder of Remoteok.io, a comprehensive site for remote-working jobs online, and himself a backpacking entrepreneur - argues that "there's no time to be a conservative entity anymore."

"Software is eating the world," he said, "[and] remote work is just part of this technological wave [...] so if you want to stay relevant that is one of the things it'd be smart to act upon."

Supporters of the movement are adverse to the stereotypical image of the guy sat on the beach with his laptop; and Peiter hopes that rather than it just being Americans and Western Europeans heading to South East Asia, the trend will involve global migration between other regions of the world.

However, there are some factors that could prohibit this; for example, the fact that it's more difficult for workers in Asia to get a remote job than those in Western countries, partly due to their strong family values and traditional company cultures. Despite these setbacks, it will be interesting to see just how widespread the digital nomadic lifestyle becomes.