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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Life as a password

All passwords are insecure, either easily guessed, hacked, stolen, coerced, or acquired through social engineering. Biometrics are copied, forged, or appropriated with simple techniques. If one tries to imagine the ultimate, most secure authorization protocol possible, one is forced to conclude that it would consist of the sum total of one's experience—i.e., one's entire life.

From this realization, it is a small step to imagining that rather than living the life that we believe we are, we are actually processing it to satisfy an access-granting algorithm in order to log on to some future system of great complexity and sophistication. Thus the legends of heaven awaiting us at the end of our run!

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