Border security may soon be staffed by lie-detecting robots

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Canadian Border Services are currently testing a new system called the Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR), which is essentially an artificial intelligence system that’s capable of detecting lies.

“AVATAR is a kiosk, much like an airport check-in or grocery store self-checkout kiosk,” said San Diego State University professor Aaron Elkins, who developed the project. “However, this kiosk has a face on the screen that asks questions of travelers and can detect changes in physiology and behavior during the interview. The system can detect changes in the eyes, voice, gestures and posture to determine potential risk. It can even tell when you’re curling your toes.” – READ MORE

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