Fishy Facial Recognition Now Possible

Sure, why not make sure that individual salmon can't hide in a vast swimming school.


(Fishy facial Recognition)

Frank Herbert thought about a lot of things, and one of them was how to identify aliens. This excerpt is from his very odd 1969 novel Whipping Star:

McKie brought out his toolkit, removed the holoscan, set it for projection, and dialed the record he wanted. Presently the scan which the Wreave enforcer had captured through the jumpdoor danced in the air near the Palenki. McKie slowly turned the projection full circle, giving the Palenki a chance to see the face from every angle.

"Is that Cheo?" he asked.

"The scars present the identical pattern. It is the same one."

"That's a valid ID," McKie said, glancing at Bildoon. "Palenkis can identify random line patterns better than any other species in the universe."

"Our phylum patterns are extremely complex, "the Palenki boasted.

"We know," McKie said.

"What good does this do us?" Bildoon asked.

"I wish I knew," McKie said.

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