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Changing One's Own FingerprintS?


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#1 harris13.3

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 05:08 PM


Current law enforcement and forensics experts rely heavily on the use of fingerprints to identify criminals (ie. in a crime scene). What will happen when advanced molecular nanotechnology allows criminals to change their fingerprints? How will law enforcement agencies be able to keep one step ahead?

#2 forever freedom

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 05:28 PM

By then there will probably be new ways to collect evidences. Besides, in many cases the criminal can just wear gloves, no need to change fingerprints.

Edited by forever freedom, 26 September 2009 - 05:31 PM.


#3 Vgamer1

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 05:35 PM

That would most definitely be a problem for current law enforcement.

As technology changes, respective fields are going to have to keep up. It will be sink or swim.

I honestly don't know what the future of law enforcement will be when people will be able to do things like change their fingerprints, their appearance, or even their DNA.

One scary thought that is possible with a global nanotechnology network is government monitoring of all of our thoughts and actions. That's just a "solution" that popped into my head first. Obviously, it's not a very pleasant one to think about.

The structures of our governmental systems are going to have to be completely overhauled once these changes start happening.

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 11:28 PM

That would most definitely be a problem for current law enforcement.

As technology changes, respective fields are going to have to keep up. It will be sink or swim.

I honestly don't know what the future of law enforcement will be when people will be able to do things like change their fingerprints, their appearance, or even their DNA.

One scary thought that is possible with a global nanotechnology network is government monitoring of all of our thoughts and actions. That's just a "solution" that popped into my head first. Obviously, it's not a very pleasant one to think about.

The structures of our governmental systems are going to have to be completely overhauled once these changes start happening.


Thats why I laugh every time I read a book or watch a tv show about the future using retina scans, fingerprints, DNA, whatever as a means of identifying people.

in the end the sole proof of ID will be a synaptic map. and that will have to constantly be updated.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 05:11 AM

Criminals adapt to the law like a bird adapts to its environment the difference is the law adapts back.

Although if the law cant adapt how far will they go to protect?

Will law enforcement use nano technology to track every human thus making morphing fingerprints useless?

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:24 PM

That's a simple one, there would probably be evidence of changing the fingerprints, at the pico scale.
The law and the criminals would simply go another level down in miniaturization.

#7 rwac

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:46 PM

I believe fishermen don't have fingerprints, they are worn away. Im sure you can do the same thing deliberately.

#8 Lufega

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:51 AM

My grandpa was a carpenter. All the sanding he did wore down his fingerprints. Same thing with one of my uncles. He was a revolutionist in the 70's so that came in handy. :-D

#9 Arch_NME

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:54 AM

You can already eliminate your fingerprints by burning or cutting the skin deep enough that scar tissue will form.

I think most criminals don't do this because they don't use a lot of forethought to begin with. Committing major crimes is generally a dangerous business and thus most people who engage in it regularly are almost by definition reckless, impulsive and perhaps a bit stupid. Obviously I'm sure there are some exceptions but I think that's true enough as a general rule.

For keeping track of captured criminals, in the future DNA databases will likely become just as robust as the fingerprint databases of today. Also, as was mentioned earlier, for actually committing crimes just wear gloves.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 01:47 AM

Better yet, it is possible for nanotechnology to alter DNA and render DNA evidence useless... What a mess we can make of dreams.

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 04:48 AM

I'm pretty sure it's possible to remove a fingerprint and grow a new one with existing technology so long as the ECM is removed along with the skin cells and you have access to the right stuff. I imagine DNA is more important these days and fingerprints are only for faster positives. DNA mods to avoid arrest could lead to significant damage... unless you'd be facing an immediate death penalty, I don't think most would risk it... this would almost have to be supported by a government or mega corp seeking to become a government.




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