The Department of Homeland Security’s new molecular scanner may have you locking yourself at home and ordering in for the rest of your life.
Gizmodo is reporting that the agency has been working with Genia Photonics to develop a new laser-based scanner that will be able to tell more about you than ever before, from your adrenaline level to what you ate for breakfast. The molecular scanner is ten million times faster and one million times more sensitive than current scanners and would be used at airports and border crossings to quickly identify explosives, dangerous chemicals or bio-weapons.
The scanner works by firing a laser at distances of up to 50 meters in one-trillionth of a second. The machine is mobile and can identify trace amounts of explosive residue or drugs, even certain chemical changes in plant life. Genia Photonics’ boasts that is a robust unit that may be easily transported for use in many environments.
Privacy advocates who have objected to other scanning technologies will likely raise similar concerns should the molecular scanner make it to airports and borders. The government is already patrolling the streets in mobile vans to test for radiation and biological threats.
Gizmodo citing testimony by Under secretary for science and technology Tara O’Toole, says new scanners could be available and in airports within 1-2 years.
In: Science and Technology
Tags: laser body scanner, privacy, genia photonics
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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