Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Complex Aroma Key


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

If you watch Killjoys, you'll probably have some idea where this question comes from...

What if we could unlock things (doors, safes, computers...) using our natural aromas? 

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  1. Depends how ripe those natural aromas!

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  2. I don't know that I would want to go around unlocking things that way. But, it would be interesting!

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    1. I wonder at the feasibility of it.

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  3. I bet it would be a lot easier to secure things. At least until someone found a way to mimic smells (which they totally would).

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  4. LOL with Alex's comment. I'll agree with what he said.

    betty

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  5. That would be interesting. It would suck if you switch shampoo/body wash/etc though since that might mean it wouldn't work any longer.

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    1. I wonder if the technology could compensate for that.

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  6. That's sort of a freaky thought. Doesn't body aroma change depending on what one is eating or how one's health is?

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    1. Probably. (This is what happens when I'm low on ideas...)

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  7. I don't know about opening a door or a safe or other things with aromas, but I did see someone clear a room with BO one time. Hummmm. Sorry. I guess that wasn't a PC comment--was it?

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  8. Hmm...well, that's possible, right?! Biometrics are supposed to be the future...I don't see why scent couldn't be part of that.

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  9. Then we would never be able to bathe, in order to preserve our natural, one of a kind stink. No thank you!!! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. No, bathing would have to be taken into account.

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  10. Oh my...knowing some of my clients and their, um, smells, they could open Fort Knox!

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    1. It would have to be a specific smell. That the locks already recognized.

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  11. That's insanity. Can you imagine? The whole plant farming/perfume industry would become THE premier field to work in, and the most profitable by far.

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  12. Yeah I'd wonder like some on how that would be possible with use of different products--shampoos, body wash, perfume, lotion, etc--since I change those all the time. Or like mentioned what you eat or even where you work how you can come home smelling like the food you were cooking or whatnot.

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  13. Teenage boys would have to have specially designed titanium locks.

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  14. This sounds kind of gross to me. I'm not sure I'd like it. What if you changed shampoo? Or tried a different soap? … What if you didn't shower at all? What if a burger joint popped up right across the street? I foresee problems. :-/

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