Whatever will our politicians do?

OK, so maybe that’s not the most serious way to broach this subject.

Since September 11, money has been quietly pouring into high-tech projects aimed at detecting the clues that reveal if an individual is lying and thus intending to commit a terrorist act: stress hormones on the breath, pupil dilation and light beams to measure a telltale flow of blood to the cerebral cortex.

The War on Terror has brought with it a new emphasis on “credibility assessment”, the modern euphemism for scientific lie detection.

According to Nature magazine, the US Department of Homeland Security has begun testing a technology known as Fast (Future Attribute Screening Technology) a computerised observation system that will use cameras to scan travellers’ expressions and match them with a digital database of so-called micro- expressions that indicate when someone is lying.

Sure, it may help fight terrorism, but the whole thing seems pretty nasty to me. Nasty, yet *sigh* probably inevitable.

The thing is, who doesn’t lie in some form or another multiple times on a daily basis? It’s all a bit “police statey” for this humble blogger to welcome its advent.

And that’s the truth.

    • Carpe Jugulum
    • September 6th, 2011

    Profiling seems to work for the IDF and is is not disruptive and is non-invasive.

    • Winston Smith
    • September 8th, 2011

    Wonder what would happen if they checked out Nancy Pelosi?
    I’m convinced that she hasn’t used any facial muscles for the last twenty years, and she’d be getting to Bio Hazard Botox levels any day soon.



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