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Before we mention Ray Bradbury and his speculative fiction, here's the fantasist in a futuristic commercial for Sunsweet's "Prune of Tomorrow." It's some astute and amusing casting on the brand's part. Anyways, last week featured an overwhelming spate of scientific announcements and advancements-hitherto,..

Before we mention Ray Bradbury and his speculative fiction, here's the fantasist in a futuristic commercial for Sunsweet's "Prune of Tomorrow." It's some astute and amusing casting on the brand's part.



Anyways, last week featured an overwhelming spate of scientific announcements and advancements-hitherto, they had chiefly existed in the mid-century prose of people like Bradbury and other sci-fi media. Today, we discovered that spaceship-style palm vein scans are making their way stateside from machine-smitten Japan. The cutting-edge identity checker will ensure that future Gordon Geckos aren't defrauding the system when they take their GMAT; in fact, the device pretty much eliminates the practice of proxy test taking (when someone else takes the test for money) as it's 100 times more accurate and the proof-of-person resides on the body itself. The article specifies:

"The hand also has to be alive, exchanging gases, and full of blood for the veins to show up on the scan. In grim terms, that means a person couldn't cut off another person's hand and hold it over the scanner."

We're sure that the Japanese export will result in a sea change for cheaters everywhere (self-evident aside: students who score higher in courage and empathy don't cheat). But for all its intents and purpose, it still makes us feel like we're living in some faraway time.