Why computer security's so primitive
It is no wonder computer networks are vulnerable to attack. It took millions of years for human beings to evolve the abilities they use in ordinary encounters. Now, in a few years, we are attempting to emulate them for electronic encounters.
Take, for instance, this fact: The average person can accurately identify a friend, seen from a distance at an awkward angle and in a poor light. This is a remarkable ability, and is pretty reliable, despite the billions of people in the world. Seemingly effortless recognition of faces is a skill that has resulted from generation after generation of evolution. It is not understood in detail, and certainly involves some amazing information processing.
By Martin Brampton at Silicon.
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