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"...a market economy is essentially a genetic algorithm for solving resource allocation problems..."
- Charles Stross

Genoprinter  
  A device that does a 'live capture' of a biometric skin sample.  

The gravity trains departed from the level just below Center. Lilo bought two tickets, nervously sticking her hand into the slot of the genoprinter before doing so. It had worked well enough on Mars.

... She felt the scrape of the sampler across her palm, the machine whirred, and somewhere in the banks of the Pluto Central Computer an entry was made:

JOVIAN-342 (ID-L-502-KC-98) BOARDED FLORIDA-BARROW SHUTTLE 0349 HRS. 4/8/71.

The security check was automatic, and it came up green.

From The Ophiuchi Hotline, by John Varley.
Published by Quantum Science Fiction in 1977
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Compare to the automated DNA typing from the 1997 film Gattaca and the palm lock from Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune.

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