Has anyone seen this on yesterday's TV news? A company invented and manufactured a new anti-terrorist product for the troops in Iraq (or anywhere, really). I couldn't remember the name of the product or the company, though. It is a small scanner to be mounted on the weapons and/or journalists' filming equipment. It links to a database, which contains pictures and profiles of known terrorist. So, basically, when the gun or the camera is pointed at a person, this device quickly scans the face of the target person, and compares against the terrorist database. It even accommodates for minor appearance changes (such as mustache, glasses, etc). Then it provides instant feedback to the soldier or journalist whether the target person is a known terrorist.
I have a mixed feeling about this. It would be a great help for the soldiers to quickly identify the enemy. But how accurate is it, really? There are people who look alike, and if the scanner is supposed to accommodate minor differences in appearance, that means it might identify more people than it should. Is it better that way just to be safe? What if some innocent person got hurt in the middle of all the craziness?