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“Deception Detection” Robot Lie Detectors Will Now Be At the Border in Three Countries in Europe

“Deception Detection” Robot Lie Detectors Will Now Be At the Border in Three Countries in Europe
Jackie Reddy

The European Union is set to trial the use of artificial intelligence to more efficiently process and effectively manage the flow of travelers through certain checkpoints. Border authorities in Hungary, Latvia and Greece will use the iBorderCtrl system to evaluate and assess passengers and travelers for potential risks.

The European Union (EU) is set to use AI technology to more efficiently process and effectively manage the flow of travelers at select checkpoints. The iBorderCtrl system, funded by the bloc, will soon be trialed at borders in Hungary, Latvia and Greece.

Explaining how iBorderCtrl operates, the European Commission states that, “The iBorderCtrl system has been set up so that travelers will use an online application to upload pictures of their passport, visa and proof of funds, then use a webcam to answer questions from a computer-animated border guard, personalized to the traveler’s gender, ethnicity and language. The unique approach to ‘deception detection’ analyses the micro-expressions of travelers to figure out if the interviewee is lying.”

Upon arrival, “Travelers who have been flagged as low risk during the pre-screening stage will go through a short re-evaluation of their information for entry, while higher-risk passengers will undergo a more detailed check,” the commission states.

At this point, border authorities can then use a small, handheld device to check the details and facial images provided before a traveler’s arrival and are even able to compare this information to that provided during previous border crossings. Once documents are processed and fingerprints, palm scans and facial features are verified, the traveler is then reassessed for any risk that they might pose.

Once this assessment is complete, a human guard then takes over border procedures.

Offering his comments on the iBorderCtrl system, project coordinator George Boultadakis of service provider European Dynamics, said, “We’re employing existing and proven technologies – as well as novel ones – to empower border agents to increase the accuracy and efficiency of border checks. iBorderCtrl’s system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit.”

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  1. Centurion

    November 5, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I am just going to leave this link here.

  2. Centurion

    November 5, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Hmmm ….
    The ADE 651 is a fake bomb detector[1] that was produced by ATSC (UK), which claimed that the device could effectively and accurately, from long range, detect the presence and location of various types of explosives, drugs, ivory, and other substances. The device has been sold to 20 countries in the Middle East and Asia, including Iraq and Afghanistan, for as much as US$60,000 each. The Iraqi government is said to have spent £52 million on the devices.[2]

    Investigations by the BBC and other organisations found that the device is little more than a “glorified dowsing rod” with no ability to perform its claimed functions. In January 2010, export of the device was banned by the British government and the managing director of ATSC was arrested on suspicion of fraud,[3] and in June 2010, several other companies were raided by British police.[4] ATSC was dissolved on 5 March 2013.[5] On 23 April 2013, the founder of ATSC, Jim McCormick, was convicted of three counts of fraud,[6] and was subsequently sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment.[7]

    The use of the device by Iraqi and Pakistani security forces has become a major international controversy. The very similar GT200 and Alpha 6 devices, which are widely used in Thailand and Mexico, have also come under scrutiny in the wake of the revelations about the ADE 651.[8

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