• In March 2010, a beta version of Google Voice Search was integrated into YouTube, providing automatic caption generation for hearing-impaired, English-speaking users.
  • In a pivotal 2010 moment, U.S. National Security used biometrics to identify a terrorist (positive match with a GITMO detainee) who had been present at the 9/11 planning location.
  • In 2011, that iPhone voice we know so well, Siri, was introduced, providing users with a voice-commanded digital assistant.
  • Also in 2011, the CIA used DNA and facial recognition to confirm with 95% certainty that the remains of Osama Bin Laden were indeed his.
  • In 2013, Apple released Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition feature, on their 5S, 6, and 6+ phones, the iPad Air 2, and the Mini 3. It not only allowed users to unlock their devices but also make purchases via Apple Pay and in the Apple iTunes Store, the App Store, and the iBookstore. Apple stated that fingerprint information is stored locally in a secure location on local device chip, not remotely on Apple servers or in iCloud, making it secure from external access.
  • In 2015, Microsoft launched its Siri competitor, Cortana. It not only follows voice commands but also uses machine learning.
  • 2018 saw a huge breakthrough in commercial applications when the MasterCard Biometric Card was released, combining chip with fingerprint technology to verify purchases.
  • 2018 also introduced the Byton electric vehicle that integrated face biometrics to unlock its doors and load driver’s profile and settings (when they sit in front of the wheel). It also allowed drivers to control certain features using voice command and gestures.