Research advises “state of mind” as password

Jan 24, 2017, 3:05 AM EST
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Violeta Tulceanu, a researcher at the University of Iasi, Romania, has proposed a new technology, which examines a person’s mental fitness before allowing him access to a password-protected system. The technology, which grants authorization only if the user’s brainwave pattern represents a fit emotional state, may find application in military facilities, hospitals, computers, A.T.M.s, and even nuclear weapons codes.

Compared to other forms of biometric passwords such as fingerprints or retinal scan, Tulceanu’s approach goes a step further as it collects a person’s unique brainwave pattern and then analyzes it to check the fitness of his mental state, writes Seeker.

The method involves the use of a device that measures a person’s brainwaves and establishes a baseline brainwave fingerprint. Under this password system, the person would request access by wearing an E.E.G. cap, which would grant authorization if his emotional state matches the prerecorded baseline. Such a system will be useful in cases where it is important to establish if a person acted responsibly and in his own accord, notes Inder Science Publishers.