Lie Detecting AI Kiosks May Be The Future of Border Security

Posted by rgmekanic 7:04 PM (CDT)

Tuesday May 15, 2018

CNBC is reporting that The U.S Department of Homeland Security funded research of a technology called the Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time, or AVATAR, and about six years ago tested on volunteer travelers at the U.S.-Mexico border. According to one of the developers of the system AVATAR has a success rate of 60-75 percent in deception-detection. In the future, the AI powered kiosks could be used to provide initial screenings of people crossing the border, and flag people for human security to check out of it detects deception.

Very cool practical use of AI in my opinion, provided the accuracy is what the team claims it is. This coupled with face recognition could really speed up the process of border crossings in the future. Little try-hard on the name tho.

"The technology has much broader applications potentially," despite most of the funding for the original work coming primarily from the Defense or Homeland Security departments a decade ago, according to Aaron Elkins, one of the developers of the system and an assistant professor at the San Diego State University director of its Artificial Intelligence Lab. He added that AVATAR is not a commercial product yet but could be also used in human resources for screening.