Voice Authentication in 2001: A Space Odyssey

This weekend I revisited the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a classic. Even though the effects are now over 40 years old, the film still does an amazing job at conveying weightlessness. It’s worth checking out if you have not see it. Onto the infosec!

In the section of the film TMA-1 the character Dr. Heywood Floyd is subject to voice print authentication in which he is asked to state his last name and first name as well as some other information. It would be easy to circumvent such a device today although the advent of portable electronic voice recorders was most likely not on Kubrick‘s mind at the time. If Kubrick had really studied security he would have had a biometric device (such as an retinal scanner) for dual-authentication.

Below is the original trailer: