Passengers to face AI lie detector tests at European Union airports

AI ‘lie detector’ test to scrutinize travelers’ faces for certain EU border checkpoints

A border control bot will start scanning faces for lies in the EU

During the trials, which will be held in Hungary, Greece and Latvia, travelers will be offered to take a lie detector test using an online application and a web camera.

Travellers will be answering questions in front of a webcam which will study their macro and micro gestures to check if a person is lying.

You might attempt to "act casual" at the border if you are carrying more than your allowance for duty-free, or far more seriously, are attempting to smuggle illegal contraband across country lines, but the pilot AI, dubbed iBorderCtrl, will detect the little gestures we can not but help to make when we are lying and under pressure.

The answers to the questions will be analyzed by what the European Union says is an AI "deception detection" system that also studies the travelers' facial expressions for patterns consistent with people who are lying.

The EU is increasing security on its borders by developing an "intelligent control system" that will reportedly make checking the identities of travelers faster and more efficient.

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"Micro-expressions really do not say anything about whether someone is lying or not", he said. The EU has invested a considerable amount of money in the project, nearly $5 million.

Then, when the traveler gets to the border, those flagged as low risk during the pre-screening stage will get a short re-evaluation, while "higher-risk passengers" will get a more "detailed" check.

"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", said project coordinator George Boultadakis of European Dynamics in Luxembourg.

In its current state, the pilot program is not expected to prevent anyone from crossing the border.

"After the traveler's documents have been reassessed, and fingerprinting, palm vein scanning and face matching have been carried out, the potential risk posed by the traveler will be recalculated". A previous iteration of the technology had a 76 percent success rate in early testing, but a representative of iBorderCtrl told New Scientist that they are confidant it can reach 85 percent.

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