The FAST technology is designed to detect anything from changes in body movement, body heat, eye movements, breathing patterns, voice pitch, and your prosody (the tone and rhythm in which you speak).

God help you if you suffer from anxiety, are running late, have a flying phobia, or happen to belong to the Smyth family with our history of airport dramatics. The irony of course is psychopaths …do not have the same physiological reaction as normal people under generally perceived stressful situations. They can pass lie detector tests. They’ll pass this too. So the bomber will be waved on through while granny having an asthma attack will be manhandled off for interrogation.

Yet another of the War on Terror’s jokes.



Oh Wow. Oh Wow. Oh Wow!

November 1, 2011

In the eulogy Steve Jobs’s sister describes how on his death bed he looked at his family for a long time, and then over their shoulders past them.

His final words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow!”

It reminds me of the incredible privilege it is to share those moments with someone who is dying, as they begin to slip in and out of consciousness and catch a glimpse the journey that lies ahead.

“Oh wow, Oh wow, Oh wow.” So full of incredulity, wonder and promise…