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Friday, March 1, 2013

Are Lie-Detector Kiosks The Future Of Border Security?

An image from a demonstration of the Embodied Avatar, by BORDERS, the National Center for Border Security and Immigration at the University of Arizona. (screenshot)

An image from a demonstration of the Embodied Avatar, from a video by BORDERS, the National Center for Border Security and Immigration at the University of Arizona.

Imagine going to the U.S. border with Mexico, and instead of talking to a border agent, you talk to a machine.

It asks you questions like “What’s your full name” and “Are you a citizen of the United States.”

All the while, the machine is monitoring different aspects of your behavior: how your eyes are moving, how your voice changes, how you pause between answers, how you fidget.

Taking these markers together, the machine – called an Embodied Avatar kiosk – can determine whether or not you’re being truthful.

This is the cutting edge of research in deception detection, which remains a surprisingly mysterious field, even though we’ve been building lie detectors for almost a hundred years.

Would you be on board with this technology at airports and border crossings?
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  • Adam Higginbotham, journalist based in New York whose work has appeared in publications including Wired magazine, The New Yorker and Men’s Journal.

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  • Alfred

    Big Brother is everywhere as is the growing Obama Nanny State, the Surveillance State and the fast approaching Police State. And let’s not forget those drones that could be coming to your neighborhood sooner than later.
    I thought England was bad with the spying on its citizens.  “There is no war on crime. There is no war on drugs, no war on terrorism. There is only the ongoing effort by the federal government to collect as much information on as many people as possible.”  — Jim Redden, author of Snitch Culture: How Citizens Are Turned Into the Eyes and Ears of the State “The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal informationabout the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieve/review by the authorities.”Zbigniew Brzezinski, CFR member, founding member of the Trilateral Commission, National Security Advisor to Obama and five U.S. presidents

    • Psyberian

       > Obama Nanny State

      Being realistic about this, Bush did the surveillance, while Clinton started the War on Terrorism…beast with two backs on a national scale…

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