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But First, Let Me Take A Selfie (Because It's Also My Password)

Amazon's patent application describes enhanced facial recognition technology. Put simply, it's a patent for selfie passwords.

By Mikah Sargent | March 17, 2016

Amazon recently filed a patent for a new security feature that could have us rolling our eyes — but not because we're annoyed. Let us explain.

Amazon's idea is essentially enhanced facial recognition: It not only recognizes a user's face, but also tries to determine if the face it sees is a real, living, breathing human.

By prompting the user to perform one or more actions — a wink, a smile, a nod, etc. — the feature can reasonably assume it's looking at a real human.

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See, some facial recognition technology can be fooled by photos of the faces it's using for authentication. By asking for certain actions, the Amazon software could determine whether it's looking at a photo or the real deal.

Boiled down to its simplest form, Amazon has basically filed a patent for selfie passwords. Take a selfie with a wink or a smirk, and you've given the go-ahead to buy that 100-roll pack of toilet paper you've got in your cart.

Selfie passwords could be far more convenient than the long, randomized, difficult-to-type passwords we're all totally using, right? And they'd hardly be out of place in our selfie-saturated culture.

Which made me wonder: If I could have a selfie password, what would it be?

We want to know what your selfie password would look like. Follow Newsy on Snapchat, and send us your super-secret selfie!

This video includes clips from QualcommMicrosoft and Snapchat.

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